A Little Taste Of The Caribbean

Caught in the clear-blue pristine waters of the Bahamas, this spiny lobster brings forth a sweet-tasting, firm tail that is superior in taste, texture and appearance to all other lobster tails. Each tail is completely filled with succulent white meat, brimming with delicious flavor. There are two primary ways spiny lobsters are captured in the waters of the Bahamas. The first and most popular method is with condos, otherwise known as casitas. A casita is formed with a sheet of tin or plywood set with 2×6 rails on three sides, creating a 6″ gap between it and the ocean floor. A casita is not a trap, but rather a habitat allowing lobsters to live safely during daytime hours and leave at night to forage for food. Using surface-supplied air, a casita is harvested by lifting and collecting lobsters using a hook on a 2- to 3-foot-long shaft. This method differs from a lobster trap that only allows the lobster to enter but not exit. Divers must measure and determine they are legal size.

The lobster trap is another method to catch them. The lobster trap uses bait (typically cowhide) to lure the crustacean through a plastic angled funnel. Once inside, this angle prohibits them from escaping. The traps are brought up from the ocean floor alive.

Our partners at Beaver Street Fisheries/Tropic Seafood became the first Caribbean fishery to earn certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the leading global standard for wild-caught seafood environmental performance. Because of the fisheries’ strict sustainability practices, we proudly label these Bahamian spiny lobster tails with our Responsible Choice label.

Dish On Fish: Tips For Cooking With A Cast Iron Skillet

Dish on Fish is an excellent seafood blog where you can explore new seafood recipes and learn relevant, relatable and easy-to-understand health and nutrition information about seafood. Hy-Vee is a partner of the National Fisheries Institute, which sponsors the blog and encourages Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week, as recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Seafood is a vital part of a healthy diet. Hy-Vee strives to provide customers with high-quality, Responsible Choice seafood and our Seafoodies blog provides detailed information and tips. We want to share Dish on Fish with you so you can find more resources, tips and recipes to help you enjoy seafood and reap its benefits.

From Dish on Fish:

Tips for Cooking with a Cast Iron Skillet

Pro Tip: Cooking with a cast iron skillet is not only for professional chefs. That’s right, rumors about the difficulties of cooking with cast iron are not true! We actually LOVE cooking seafood in a skillet because it brings out the savory flavor of seafood, while adding some extra nutrients. That’s why we’re sharing six easy cast iron skillet tips with you to make your experience a breeze.

The key to cooking with a cast iron skillet is to do some research and get cooking! Cast iron pans and seafood pair perfectly. In fact, this versatile cooking method makes it super-easy to eat seafood 2-3 times per week.

You’ll be surprised to find how simple it is to incorporate cast iron skillet cooking into your kitchen! If you need a good place to start, we recommend checking out our hearty Smoked Salmon Hash recipe that is simple to make and packed with a flavorful punch.

Below is a list of six essential cooking tips. We encourage you to start simple, but also keep in mind there’s a world of possibilities when cooking in cast iron.

6 Cast Iron Skillet Tips

  1. ‘Tis the seasoning
    When cooking with a cast iron skillet, the first step is to season it. Start by heating the pan. Once hot, add about one tablespoon of oil. After the oil cools, you’re good to get cookin’. This step is essential because cast iron cookware soaks up whatever is heated. Season the pan before cooking to avoid food from becoming a sticky hot mess.
  2. But first, preheat
    Before tossing in your ingredients, preheat your cast iron skillet. However, watch the level of heat! Cast iron skillets will crack if exposed to a lot of heat in a short amount of time. So, start off low and gradually increase heat to avoid going from cold pan to cracked hot pot quickly.
  3. Cookin’ low & slow
    Have you ever heard the saying “cooking low and slow?” Well, whoever said it must’ve been cooking with a cast iron skillet! Keeping the temperature down will ensure all flavor is absorbed without the risk of burning your masterpiece.
  4. Avoid plastic utensils
    Take a look at your favorite cooking utensils… are they made of plastic? If so, they may have to sit this one out. Cast iron skillets can get very hot, very quickly. We recommend opting for a stainless steel, wood or bamboo utensil to best protect your cookware… and your food.
  5. Never clean with soap
    Cleaning a cast iron skillet may seem like a chore and you may be tempted to dose the pan with soap, but think twice. Cast iron skillets should be cleaned immediately after use, while still warm. Just add a little hot water and scrub with a sponge or stiff brush. (Note: Don’’t soak the pan or leave in sink because it could rust.) Avoid using soap or steel wool so you don’t scratch the pan’s surface or remove seasoning. If bits are stuck to the pan, scrub the pan with a paste of coarse salt, like kosher salt, and water.
  6. Always dry and season skillet
    This final tip is often overlooked. Because cast iron is a metal, when it becomes wet it can rust and become ruined. The best way to preserve the lifespan of your cast iron cookware is to ensure it is dried thoroughly after each use and cleaning by wiping with a towel. Then, add a little vegetable or olive oil to the cloth or paper towel and apply a light coat to the inside of the dry skillet. Store in a dry place.

Now that you’re armed with an arsenal of cast iron skillet tips, we hope you’re eager to get in the kitchen and put your new skills to good use! The creative possibilities are endless. Consider adding a cast iron skillet to your Christmas list!

Dish On Fish: Holiday Seafood Recipes For Your Dinner Party

Dish on Fish is an excellent seafood blog where you can explore new seafood recipes and learn relevant, relatable and easy-to-understand health and nutrition information about seafood. Hy-Vee is a partner of the National Fisheries Institute, which sponsors the blog and encourages Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week, as recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Seafood is a vital part of a healthy diet. Hy-Vee strives to provide customers with high-quality, Responsible Choice seafood and our Seafoodies blog provides detailed information and tips. We want to share Dish on Fish with you so you can find more resources, tips and recipes to help you enjoy seafood and reap its benefits.

From Dish On Fish:

Cheers to the holiday season, Seafoodies!

Seafood is special and will impress your dinner party guests every time. And we’re here to help you step up your holiday gathering game with 10 elegant and restaurant-worthy recipes – from seafood appetizers and side dishes, to main meals. We know these craveable holiday seafood recipes will be a hit around your table.

Just imagine how much your friends and family will enjoy fresh steamed clams and lobster with garlic butter; smoky calamari and salmon dip; spicy shrimp and favor-packed tuna pasta and perfectly seared scallops. Is your mouth watering yet?

The best part about these holiday seafood recipes is that you can prepare them easily and have them on the table in a snap. Plus, seafood is a healthy, high protein and nutrient-packed alternative to traditional sodium-loaded, processed menu items.

Get ready to see your guests revel in the holiday spirit with happily full bellies. Spending less time in the kitchen gives you more time to be festive and enjoy your event. Now let’s get the party started with these mouthwatering, crowd-pleasing seafood recipes.

Click here to access Dish On Fish’s holiday seafood recipes.

 

Smoked Salmon Dip

An app that’s a yummy hit any way you eat it – dipped, smeared or eaten with a spoon right out of the bowl!

Seared Scallops with Citrus Herb Sauce

Fresh lemon, oregano, tarragon and paprika provide a divine flavor profile for these delicate scallops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuna Puttanesca

Meaty tuna combined with pasta and a perfectly seasoned sauce makes for a hearty, flavorful meal.

Easily Cooking The Perfect Lobster

As  the holiday season approaches, consider this simple method for broiled lobster tails. It’s easy, delicious, and sure to wow your family and guests. Just add butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All you need:

2 (6 oz each) lobster tails, thawed if frozen
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup fresh herbs, such as chives, rosemary or tarragon

All you do:

  1. Preheat broiler on HIGH. Line a rimmed baking pan with aluminum foil; set aside.
  2. Split tops of lobster tail shells using kitchen shears. Pull the shells apart to expose the meat.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; stir in herbs.
  4. Place lobster on prepared baking pan; pour butter mixture over top. Broil for 10 minutes or until lobster meat is opaque.

 

Great Tasting, Sustainable Tilapia Begins With A Pure Water Source

Hy-Vee Responsible Choice Rainforest Tilapia is raised in the pristine rainforest waters of Costa Rica. Rainforest Tilapia is a light, complete and sustainable protein. The fish are fed by mineral-rich reservoirs high in the volcanoes of Costa Rica, and the ponds breed pure, nutrient-rich tilapia that are luscious in flavor and free of impurities, additives, growth hormones and antibiotics.

In addition, the fish is socially responsible. Rainforest Tilapia go to work for Costa Rican ecologies — from the sustainable aquaculture practices that raise them, to reforestation projects and community enrichment programs for the elderly that they fund. A purchase of Rainforest Tilapia does more than just bring smiles to the faces of your family; it nurtures the plant, animal and human ecosystems of Central America.

Stop into your local Hy-Vee this week to sample Responsible Choice Rainforest Tilapia.

Tuna Advocacy: Hy-Vee Dives Deeper

Tuna is the second most popular seafood in the United States, right up there with shrimp and salmon. Given how many different delicious ways there are to serve it up, it’s no wonder we love it so much!

Hy-Vee is proud of its industry leading sourcing guidelines and continued efforts to offer Responsible Choice and Fair Trade tuna products. We also understand the importance of advocating for better policy and management of fisheries far before that seafood begins its journey through the supply chain to your plate.

Providing responsibly sourced seafood to our customers requires a multi-faceted approach that has Hy-Vee working behind the scenes to support strong policy and management of global fisheries. Sometimes, that means going to bat for fisheries reform. Many of the world’s tuna fisheries are experiencing pressure from overfishing, lack great monitoring, and require cooperation from multiple countries to adopt sustainable, and ethical, management practices. What fisheries managers can’t monitor or track on the water creates risks to fish stocks, the ocean and to the seafood companies that purchase tuna.

This year, Hy-Vee was one of 143 companies to sign on to a Global Tuna Sustainability Appeal letter to the world’s Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) advocating for better tuna management. RFMOs are in charge of implementing and enforcing tuna harvest strategies on the high seas. RFMOs have the power to reduce risks of illegal fishing practices by requiring 100% observer coverage to improve transparency and stronger guidelines for tuna fishing fleets. Retailer and industry participation in advocacy issues, such as these, sends a message that demand for responsible tuna is strong and encourages RFMOs to adopt better practices.

You can find additional information on our advocacy commitments in the Seafood Procurement Policy and on our Responsible Choice webpage under Conservation Initiatives.

Hy-Vee Mealtime Seafood Steamers

Hy-Vee Mealtime Seafood Steamers recently debuted in Hy-Vee stores. The easy-to-prepare kits include a vast array of flavors that are aimed at pleasing every palate from sweet to spicy.

The kits include Responsible Choice seafood – either shrimp, cod or salmon – and a side item. Pre-mixed seasonings and recipe directions are also included, making these Hy-Vee Mealtime Seafood Steamer kits a quick and simple meal option. This is an excellent way to add more seafood to your diet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flavors include:

Chipotle Shrimp with Stir Fry Medley
Chipotle Shrimp with Wild Rice Pilaf
Citrus Grill Cod with Squash Medallions
Citrus Grill Cod with Wild Rice Pilaf
Citrus Grill Salmon with Asparagus
Citrus Grill Salmon with Wild Rice Pilaf
Citrus Grill Shrimp with Stir Fry Medley
Citrus Grill Shrimp with Wild Rice Pilaf
Sweet Bourbon Cod with Squash Medallions
Sweet Bourbon Cod with Wild Rice Pilaf
Sweet Bourbon Salmon with Asparagus
Sweet Bourbon Salmon with Wild Rice Pilaf

 

Stop at your local Hy-Vee and ask your seafood team about our delicious Hy-Vee Mealtime Seafood Steamers.

Shrimp + Broccoli Frittata

Dish on Fish is an excellent seafood blog where you can explore new seafood recipes and learn relevant, relatable and easy-to-understand health and nutrition information about seafood. Hy-Vee is a partner of the National Fisheries Institute, which sponsors the blog and encourages Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week, as recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Seafood is a vital part of a healthy diet. Hy-Vee strives to provide customers with high-quality, Responsible Choice seafood and our Seafoodies blog provides detailed information and tips. We want to share Dish on Fish with you so you can find more resources, tips and recipes to help you enjoy seafood and reap its benefits.

From Dish on Fish:

Did someone say seafood for breakfast? Sign us up! Whether you’re whipping up a quick bite before work, prepping a hearty meal ahead of a busy week or putting together an impressive dish for your next brunch, seafood is the perfect addition to your morning menu. That’s why we’re sharing a favorite breakfast frittata recipe: shrimp and broccoli!

Kick-start your day with a sweet and savory combination of tender shrimp layered in fluffy eggs, fresh vegetables and melty cheese. This super nutritious dish is packed with heart-healthy protein, B vitamins, essential omega- 3s and a whole lot of flavor. Eating seafood for breakfast multiple times a week is a routine we can definitely get used to.

What’s even better? This fancy seafood breakfast frittata recipe leaves practically no mess, is prepped in 10 minutes and the oven does the work!

Frittatas are extremely versatile and easy; when it comes to making your own variations you can add any of your favorite ingredients—the more seafood the merrier! Plus, we’ll let you in on a little secret: eggs aren’t only for breakfast. These frittata leftovers make a great lunch, dinner or afternoon snack.

All you need:

2 tbsp olive oil
4 whole eggs
32 ounces egg whites
7-10 oz fresh broccoli florets
2 tomatoes, quartered
6 oz provolone cheese
1/2 pound fresh shrimp
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
Fresh cilantro, optional

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease skillet with olive oil. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add whole eggs and egg whites. Whisk to combine the eggs.
  3. Place the mixture in a skillet and arrange the broccoli, tomatoes followed by the cheese and shrimp. Add the salt and black pepper.
  4. Bake in your preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle some cilantro if desired and serve while it is still hot with whole grain bread.

 

 

October Is Fair Trade Month + National Seafood Month

October is Fair Trade Month, as well as National Seafood Month! You can celebrate both by looking for Fair Trade CertifiedTM tuna, scallops, and salmon at Hy-Vee stores. Join us in making a difference by choosing Fair Trade Certified seafood products.

The Fair Trade Certified seal on seafood products is our promise that they were caught with respect for the oceans and those who fish them. That means safe working conditions, environmental protections, and extra income for fishermen. The fair trade seafood Hy-Vee buys comes from small villages in Indonesia and traditional fishing communities in the United States, specifically Alaska and the East Coast. For every pound of certified seafood sold, fishermen earn an additional amount of money that goes into a Community Development Fund, that is earmarked for critical community projects, as identified by the fishermen themselves. Fishermen and community members invest in the causes that matter the most to them and have used Fair Trade Community Development Funds for safety improvements at fishing docks, education scholarships, uniforms, and school supplies for local children, renovations to community centers, and environmental research projects that help protect the long-term health of the fishery. That’s the Fair Trade Difference, and you are a part of it every time you purchase Fair Trade Certified seafood.

Every dollar we spend is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. When you purchase Fair Trade Certified™ seafood this National Seafood month, and every month, you’re voting for sustainable livelihoods, thriving fishing communities, and healthy marine populations. You’re voting for safe working conditions, equal rights for women, and prohibitions of both slavery and child labor. Most people want to make a positive difference in the world, and with fair trade it’s easy. Fair Trade Certified™ seafood empowers shoppers to turn the tides for fishermen, one purchase at a time.

Live Smarter And Heathier With Seafood

Fish provides essential health for everyone in the family.

Here are some excellent reasons to celebrate National Seafood Month:

  1. LIVE (HEALTHIER) LONGER: Fish literally saves lives. Eating seafood two to three times per week reduces the risk of death from any health-related cause by 17 percent. Seven out of 10 deaths in the U.S. are preventable through nutrition and lifestyle changes, like adding omega-3s to your diet. Low seafood intake contributes to 55,000 deaths each year, making seafood deficiency a leading dietary contributor to preventable death in the U.S. Older adults with highest fish consumption lived an average of 2.2 years longer.
  2. SEAFOOD IS A “PROTEIN WITH BENEFITS:” Seafood sits among the highest-quality proteins (like eggs, meats, poultry and dairy) and offers additional health benefits. It can reduce your risk of heart disease, improve how you feel during pregnancy and help your child develop a healthy brain and eyes, and improve memory and sharpness. As a “protein with benefits,” leading health organizations recommend Americans eat seafood at least twice a week.
  1. SEAFOOD IS BRAIN FOOD: “As calcium is to the bones, DHA is to the brain,” says Dr. Tom Brenna, member of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Seafood provides docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of omega-3 essential for brain development and function, helping neurons trigger and cells regenerate. It is such an important building block that people with low levels of it have measurably smaller brains! The FDA and EPA agree seafood consumption is especially important for pregnant or nursing women because eating fish regularly helps with the growth and development of children’s brains and even helps boost IQ. Babies from moms who ate seafood twice a week had a higher IQ averaging 5.8 points. People who regularly eat fish are 20% less likely than their peers to have depression.7 In fact, the American Psychiatric Association has endorsed the fatty acids in fish as an effective part of depression treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources cited at seafoodnutrition.org