How Do Seafood Restaurants Get Fresh Seafood?

Seafood is a scrumptious delicacy in many parts of the world. It has a plethora of health benefits due to the many vitamins and minerals it contains. Researchers have found that consuming seafood regularly drastically reduces the risk of heart disease. It contains omega-3 acids which are a boon to our health. It protects against heart disease, joint related diseases, asthma and also prevents dementia and memory problems in the elderly. Seafood also keeps you looking good as it makes skin and hair look great. Apart from its varied health benefits, it is also delicious and a primary source of food in many cultures around the world. However, these benefits can only be reaped if the seafood is fresh. The fresher, the fish, is the better the taste.

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Seafood is now found in restaurants everywhere, not just in coastal cities. In the past, it used to be difficult to obtain fresh seafood in land locked cities, away from the coast. It would take weeks to get fish to inland cities, and by the time it reached, most of the produce would be spoilt and inedible. With the advent of air travel, this problem was reduced significantly. Now, fish caught in coastal cities can reach restaurants far inland in a matter of hours, thus preserving their freshness and so their taste. The costs involved in transporting the fish by air are very heavy. While big restaurants can manage the costs associated with having the fish flown in, it is often too expensive for smaller restaurateurs. The smaller restaurants manage by buying fresh produce from distributors located near them. Some restaurant owners also have relationships with fishermen who provide them with fresh produce. Others may even own fishing boats to make sure the fish is fresh.

Another challenge to restaurants is making sure the fish which is loaded onto the airplane is fresh. Most fishing boats stay out for days at a time, so the fish could be out of the water for many days before they are even loaded onto the plane. To tackle this problem, there are onboard ice machines. These machines contribute greatly to the freshness of the fish however even they can’t completely preserve the quality. So, the best solution to keep the produce fresh would be to procure fish from day boats and those who are at the top of the pile. Top of the pile fish would be those who have been fished last and thus, are the freshest. Day boats are the boats which go out only for one day at a time. This ensures that the fishes being loaded cannot be older than a day.

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When it comes to seafood, it is all about the timing. Both nutritional values, as well as the taste, will be diminished as time passes and the fish gets stale. Nowadays, with air travel and other means of preserving seafood, the freshness can be easily maintained. So you can go out and feast on seafood, knowing you are getting the freshest produce, regardless of where you live!