To Cook a Fish

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Cooking a fish you’ve just caught yourself only gets better when you have a chance to cook it over a fire after a great day of enjoying the outdoors. If you’re not already an expert woodsman, Earth Easy has great advice on how to build a solid fire you can safely cook over. Once you get the coals going, try our Baked Fish, Spinach and Tomatoes in Foil Packets for an easy, delicious meal.

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To Clean a Fish

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Last week, we talked about how to get started on catching fish. Let’s pick up from there and pretend that you’ve successfully acquired a fishing license, the appropriate gear, and managed to catch yourself an edible, healthy specimen of fish of sufficient size to keep and eat. Most of us buy fish in the market already skinned, deboned, and most certainly gutted. Fish in the wild need a little extra prep work, and Take Me Fishing has an extensive set of step-by-step instructions for prepping fish in multiple ways.

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To Catch a Fish

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Fishing is a classic summer pastime. Scaring up a few sunfish doesn’t require much more than a stick, a string and a hook (barbless is ideal if you’re fishing with kids and targeting catch-and-release species). Fresh fish can also be a nutritious, delicious addition to your diet, with the added benefit of fresh air and maybe even a little exercise if you have to hike a ways to get to the best fishing hole. The wall of tackle at the sports shop can be intimidating for beginners, of course, which is why we love Fishingnoob.com. If you’re interested in learning how to catch fish for eating, they’ve got resources to get you started no matter how little you know about fish and the gear it takes to catch them.

Before you go out and drop money on a pole, however, there are a few questions you should look into locally to make sure your fishing is on the up and up.

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Meat Safety and Grilling Temps

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Over-dried meat entrees are a common risk when you’re grilling, especially because too dry is better than underdone from a food safety perspective. Precision can make a difference, and Food Network has made it easy to hit just what you’re looking for with their handy chart for meat temperatures, comparing the USDA recommended safe minimum temperatures with their recommendations for rare to well.

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Charcoal vs. Gas

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If you’re in the market for a new grill this season, now is the time to ask yourself if you’re happy with your heat source. Are you getting the best flavor from a gas grill? Is cooking with charcoal as convenient as grilling gets? Charcoal vs. grill is a complex question for grilling aficionados, which means there’s a wealth of information out there, alongside with an abundance of strongly expressed opinions. Fortunately for us, Huffington Post has broken the question down and put together a very thorough guide to help you decide which grilling method is going to bring the most joy to your cookouts.

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Steak Perfection

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If you only enjoy a grilled steak once or twice a year, as many of us do as we’re keeping a commitment to healthier eating choices,  you want to be sure that the steak will just about melt in your mouth when you slice into it. Reaching steak perfection is a bit of a trick, […]

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Ready, Set, Grill!

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As the weather finally warms around us, it’s time to dust off the tongs and fire up the grill. If you don’t have the opportunity to grill in the off-season, it’s easy to forget all of the handy tips and tricks that making turning out the perfect lean steak a breeze. This list from Serious Eats’ Food Lab will help you prepare for a long, lovely summer of grilled perfection.

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When can you plant those seeds?

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One of the most important steps of planning a vegetable garden is knowing when to put the seeds in the ground. Can you sow directly, or do you need to start seeds inside? Do they need a greenhouse or a cold frame? And, depending on where you live, what’s the best date for taking your tender seedlings and committing them to the less forgiving garden bed? Here are a few resources your might find helpful.

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