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Why does frozen food still have an expiration date?

Frozen food does spoil over time. Much slower than even just thawed, sure, but don't expect that something that would spoil within few days at just above 0°C will last with unchanged quality for years ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

The salmon will get water logged and mushy (and consequently release a lot of water during the cooking process) if you omit the bag. It's not unsafe, but it will decrease the quality of the salmon.
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Is IKEA frozen salmon safe to eat raw in sushi?

Unless if it's labelled "sushi-grade" or "sashimi-grade", they probably don't freeze it deeply enough, so I wouldn't recommend it as-is. This is because of Salmon's high risk of parasites. However, ...
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Why add vodka to batter for frying fish?

According to this article about Blumenthal's method, which also explains the other ingredient/method choices: https://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/07/dining/07curious.html The key to the Fat Duck batter ...
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What type of beer is best for beer battered fish?

The primary use of beer in a beer batter is its alcohol, which disrupts gluten formation and needs less heat than water to evaporate, improving the texture of the final crust. For flavor, most recipes ...
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How can I unstick frozen fish/food quickly?

For the already-stuck fish: no, there is no way. Don't try to chisel them out, I've known somebody who damaged their freezer that way. For any fish you will be placing there in the future: find a ...
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Can a fish living in fresh water be called seafood?

Don't read too much into the "sea"; there's no rule that every word in the language has to stick precisely to its etymological roots. Seafood just means edible aquatic life, i.e. fish and shellfish ...
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Wild Salmon from grill is too dry

The answer to "how do I grill plain wild salmon without it being dry" is both simple and hard: don't overcook it. Wild salmon fillets are thinner, with less fat, than farmed salmon. As such,...
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How do you properly and consistently pan-sear shrimp?

There are a few things you can do to help your shrimp get a nice sear. First, make sure they're as dry as possible before adding them to the pan. Use paper towels and pat dry. Especially if you're ...
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Is it possible to make taste of raw oily salmon less pronounced?

My suggestion would be if you don't like the taste don't buy the fish in the first place, however if you have bought fish and then found out it's too strong a flavor there are a few things you can do: ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

Osmotic Pressure If you boil vegetables in water, some of the compounds from within the cells will leach out of the vegetables into the water. The reason is because vegetables are bags of water with ...
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Wild Salmon from grill is too dry

Cedar planks. https://www.thespruceeats.com/cedar-plank-salmon-4140628 So easy, so delicious and it works great. Get cedar planks. You can pay big bucks for cedar planks intended for this use. Or ...
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UV lamp to disinfect raw sushi fish slices

That is an interesting idea, but I would not recommend it. It is true that UV light is able to kill microorganisms, and it has been used to treat water for quite some time now. It has also been used ...
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Is cod supposed to fall apart?

That's totally normal for cod, it's a flaky fish. The best way to keep it together is to leave the skin on, if possible. If the fish is skinless your best bet of keeping it together is to handle it as ...
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Is there any advantage of filleting a fish at home instead of buying a fillet?

When you cut any food you expose the cut surface to oxygen, which causes chemical changes due to oxidation. You also expose the cut surface to microbes and organisms which break down food. Both of ...
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Would it really be possible to cook a fish in clay?

Baking fish in clay is like baking the fish in an impromptu duch oven: it keeps the moisture inside the meat, unlike roasting the fish on a skewer. The clay should impart only very little flavour. If ...
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Is IKEA frozen salmon safe to eat raw in sushi?

If you can't find details then it's pretty likely it is not sushi safe, and I would certainly make that assumption. Sushi safe freezing would add extra costs and Ikea is all about low costs. Plus, it ...
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How much time does it take to boil salmon?

It just has to get to 145F for safety, and in boiling water that happens really fast. 5-10 minutes is totally believable. On top of that, fish is really unpleasant when overcooked, so you really want ...
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UV lamp to disinfect raw sushi fish slices

Partial answer, but here are some important facts before someone gets hurt: Germicidal UV (UV-C) lamps are NOT the same as blacklight/anti-counterfeit/tanning (UV-A/UV-B) lamps. Parasites and ...
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What type of beer is best for beer battered fish?

I don't think the alcohol affects the tase in this kind of perparation. The point is to create surface of contact by using the gases in the beverage. Usually in restaurants that serves this kind of ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

Yes, if you use brine! (And keep an eye on it to make sure you don't leave it in too long after thawing.) It's interesting that Lawnmower Man brings up osmotic pressure. Though he makes some very ...
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Good Frozen Fish /seafood

I'd like to start with an analogy. Look at what you said in comments that some vegetables are actually better purchased frozen than purchased fresh. Let's take frozen peas vs fresh. Peas notoriously ...
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How can I tell if katsuobushi is made from bonito or the real deal?

I suspect that what you have here is a translation issue: There are a range of fish called "Bonito", which are largely fish from the mackerel family. However, one of the fish also known as ...
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Why does frozen food still have an expiration date?

They are most likely "best by" dates, meaning quality may suffer, but they remain safe.
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How can I unstick frozen fish/food quickly?

You can sometimes break stuff free from ice, but you have to be careful not to damage the fridge, so you shouldn't use sharp tools. What you want for something like this is a block of wood (like a ...
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Drying fish before cooking - Is it okay to leave it uncovered in the fridge?

Totally safe to have uncovered Bacteria can't jump off the fish and fly through the air. They can't crawl, swim, walk or ride bikes between items in the fridge by themselves. If you carefully place ...
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How to serve a fish filet: skin up or down?

I think it depends on which fish, and the way it's cooked. If it's steamed,poached, or en papillote, fish skin can be quite unappealing to some diners, and, as you say, the conventional way to eat the ...
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How do you barbeque a whole piece of fish?

I BBQ whole fish or fish filets with or without skin quite regularly. You suspect the BBQ was too hot, but usually BBQs are not hot enough (unless you were REALLY hot and over like 800F?). Make sure ...
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Does canned tuna contain (dead) parasites?

It is quite likely that it does contain them, yes. A randomly chosen nonpaywalled study of Mediterannean tuna (DOI: 10.14411/fp.2014.011) says that Overall, 84% of the gills examined harboured ...
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Culinary purpose of frying pan foil sheet for cooking fish? (not wrapped in foil)

It's a silicone-coated aluminum foil. It's just something that makes your life easier when cleaning. You could just use a regular non-stick pan to get the same benefits. There's no "culinary ...
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