We been hearing that frozen seafood is actually fresher than fresh seafood. Which is better - Fresh or Frozen?
What does "fresh" seafood mean? To a lot of the unsuspecting consumer, fresh seafood means seafood that just came straight off the boat the morning before being sent to the market for sale.
Well, that is just not physically possible for all type of seafood to be "fresh" when it arrived in our sunny island of Singapore where our fishing industry is sacred, As such, a lot of our seafood are IQF and imported. For instance, the Boston or Maine lobster we love are from the USA (a 20 over hours flight away from us). They do not actually arrive fresh and alive in Singapore. Instead, they are usually IQF, shipped, and thawed before arriving on our dinner table.
We also often assumed the seafood we purchased from the supermarket's seafood counter are actually fresh and not frozen. However, we recently have been noticing that they are freshly thawed and not fresh, especially the prawns and fishes. You can find the indication of freshly thawed on labels or signage.
So what exactly is IQF? IQF refers to individual quick freeze or individual quick frozen. It is a process whereby individual food items are sent into the blast freezer via a conveyor belt to freeze the food items very quickly. With the IQF process, the freshly caught seafood are frozen down quickly to preserve the freshness of the seafood.
Here is a video where freshly caught fish are filleted and undergo IQF on board the fishing boat. This method is commonly used in the seafood industry to prepare the frozen seafood.
Since a lot of the seafood we buy are freshly thawed, why not start get the IQF seafood instead. We can thaw the seafood only as and when we would like to enjoy them to ensure the freshness!
Start choosing frozen seafood today.
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