Like every Monday, today we want to share some experience you might want to use in emergency situations, when lack of food could actually be a possibility.
DID YOU KNOW?
Whenever you are in proximity of water (rivers, lakes or the sea), you would certainly consider fishing. However, you must also be very careful, fish is easily rotten only a few hours after it is caught. Therefore, it seems obvious that you should not eat fish that appears spoiled, and cooking does not ensure that spoiled fish will be edible. Signs of spoilage are: sunken eyes, peculiar odor, suspicious color. (Gills should be red to pink. Scales should be a pronounced shade of gray, not faded.) Also, if you can see dents staying in the fish’s flesh after pressing it with your thumb, or the flesh is slimy and with a sharp/peppery taste, it is definitely rotten.
Watch out for fish living in shallow water around reefs or lagoons, they are more likely to be toxic: many have boxy or round bodies with hard shell-like skins covered with bony plates or spines. They usually have small parrot-like mouths, and small gills. Last but not least, do not eat fish caught in any area where the water is unnaturally discolored. This may be indicative of plankton that cause various types of toxicity in plankton-feeding fish.
Whenever you do happen to catch a non-toxic fish, or even you hunt for meat, please keep these tips in mind in order to preserve its flesh the best way:
# 1 To preserve meat by drying, cut it into 6-millimeter strips. Hang the meat strips on a rack in a sunny location with good air flow. Keep the strips out of the reach of animals and cover them to keep insects off. Allow the meat to dry thoroughly before eating. Properly dried meat will have a dry, crisp texture and will not feel cool to the touch.
# 2 You can also preserve meats using the freezing or brine and salt methods, in cold climates, you can freeze and keep meat indefinitely. Remember though, freezing is not a means of preparing meat. You must still cook it before eating.
#3 You can preserve meat by soaking it thoroughly in a saltwater solution. The solution must cover the meat. You can also use salt by itself but wash off the salt before cooking.
So here you are with some tasty and interesting tips, just in case!