How Long is Cooked Salmon Good For?
Salmon, a native fish of Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, are one of the most popular seafood in the USA. Ease of handling, rich nutrition, and easy availability contributes a lot to its popularity.
Though Salmon is native to the ocean, most of the stock is formed in lakes and controlled environment. This leaves us with two types of Salmons: Freshwater and Marine water. A salmon can survive in marine as well as freshwater in a lifetime. In fact, most of the salmon breeds change their environment from marine to fresh water and from fresh to marine multiple times during their 3-8 years lifetime.
Salmon is recommended as a healthy food by physicians and is used in bodybuilding as well. It has 40% protein and 20% omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats are also known as good cholesterol.
How To Preserve Salmon
We'll talk about preserving salmon in this articles. Preservation can be done in specific ways depending on the state of salmon: raw or cooked.
Raw salmon can be preserved for 24 hours in the pantry. Room temperature shortens usability of salmon. We can store it in the refrigerator. This can buy us a few days. However, if we want to store a salmon or stock of Salmons for a longer period of time, freezing is the best option. Frozen salmon can be preserved in best quality for 9-12 months. There are few cautions while freezing we should be mindful of, such as:
- Freezing should be done in a safe freezer container and not in freezer cans. Thawing of a frozen salmon exposes it to the risk of getting spoiled. If thawed in the refrigerator, it should be used within 1-2 days; however, if thawed at room temperature or in water, it should be used within hours.
- Preservation of a raw fish and cooked fish are two different things, and there are few things in between as well. Salmon preservation can be done more easily with smoked and canned salmon.
- Preservation of cooked salmon varies from dish to dish. Preservation of a cooked food depends on the ingredients used in the dish. Before we jump to preservation methods of salmon, let's understand preservation of cooked food.
- Cooked food is a mixture of several edible items, each having their own lifetime and preservation time. Some of the ingredients have used by date, and some of them have sold by date. There's a distinct difference between these time indicators for preservation.
- Use by date indicates that a substance should be consumed by stated date and consumption after stated date can be risky.
- Sell by date indicates that a substance should be sold by stated date as it'll have the best quality till that time. It can be consumed after that date. Salmon is always marked with Sell by date, which means we have few more days to preserve this food!
- Getting back to the dish, consider a dish to be a chain where every link is an edible ingredient used during preparation. Every chain is as strong as the weakest link and similarly, preservation time for any dish is equivalent to the smallest preservation time of any of its ingredients.
- To preserve a cooked salmon, it's very important to understand that preservation heavily depends on 2 things: Method of preparation and Ingredients used.
- Methods of preparation vary based on the amount or part of salmon. There are different methods for fillets, steaks, and sides.
- Removing pin bones can be a great help in cooking, eating and preserving a cooked salmon. It's a simple task that can be done with the help of pliers. Just feel the pin bones on sides and fillets and pluck them out!
- Cooking salmon on frying pan is the easiest way out of all ways to prepare a salmon meal. This method is efficient with fillets and steaks; it can be a little laborious for sides. Using good quality butter, salt and a good amount of pepper can help enhance the taste. We may want to limit usage of salt in cooking to extend preservation.
- Preparing a salmon in oven enhances the taste of the meal by manifold. This method is useful for any part of the salmon: sides, steaks or fillets. If salmon preparation is done over weekends, we may want to choose roasting and broiling and even En Papillote for delicious preparation. You can find preparation method details on New York Times website - www.cooking.nytimes.com.
- Preservation of cooked salmon can be done easy if salmon is cooked with quality ingredients. We may want to choose herbs sauce over emulsions if preservation is part of the plan. Also, preservation should be considered only if we have enough resources such as refrigerator or freezer available.
When Do You Know That A Salmon Is Not Good To Be Eaten?
Salmon normally has a silky texture. A spoiled salmon has more silky texture and fishy smell. While there's no accurate test for it, regular consumers will immediately notice the difference of smell or increased smell and texture.
Prefer Planning Over Preservation
There are already several environmental issues over salmon farming in lakes and controlled environment. It is always better to avoid preservation and wastage of food rather planning preservation. Quick hacks to good planning can be: Avoid salmon sides during weekdays because you may not have enough hunger, time or people to finish it. Choose fillets and steaks. A normal amount of salmon for one serving should be 6-7 ounces. Keep sides for weekends and plan a feast!
Prefer fresh salmons because they are easily available. Marine Salmons may have better taste; however, scarcity and trouble of preservation may not be worth it.
Good planning is always a better option than best preservation!