I always like to serve fish to my family a few times a week, because it is a so healthy and easy to prepare. Many experts recommend eating seafood at least twice a week, because of the lean protein and omega-3 fats that it contains. Even though Lent is over fish still makes a great family meal! So I was happy to have the chance to review some products from Gorton’s Seafood recently, so I could try some of the huge variety of healthy seafood that they make.
Corn is one of the most delicious vegetables around! I tried to grow it in my garden last year, but the local groundhogs and rabbits ate my plants, so I didn’t end up with homegrown corn. Luckily there are lots of other places I can get fresh sweet corn. It used to be that we could only buy fresh corn during the summer, and around here it will be late July before local corn is available. But in the past few years it has easy to find year round at the grocery store, which means it makes an excellent year round treat for the family.
I’ve blogged about my dog and my cat, so the only pets left are the fish. The fish are not mine, they belong to my 18 year old daughter, Grace. She has a number of fish tanks, but the fish that seem to cause all the trouble are the dwarf puffer fish.
They look small and harmless don’t they? Well the problems have come from what they eat. My daughter feeds the puffer fish blood worms, which she keeps frozen and thaws as needed. A few weeks ago we realized she was storing the blood worms above the ice maker, and they had leaked. Yes, they leaked INTO the ice maker. How long was this going on? We decided not to think about that, after all some things you are better off not knowing. I did check the blood worm package, and it says “Not for Human Consumption” on it in big letters, which didn’t make me feel any better.
So Grace cleaned and sterilized the ice maker and moved the blood worms. Then last night at 11:30 pm she decided to feed her dwarf puffer fish. Of course everyone else was in bed, because everyone should be in bed at 11:30, unless you are a teenager who likes to sleep until noon. Unfortunately after Grace fed her fish their yummy blood worms she left the freezer door open. Not just a little cracked open, but completely wide open. So when I got up this morning I found dripping water and a freezer full of garbage. So now I have a very clean and very empty freezer, and pile of food to throw away.
The blood worms of course, are fine. I guess freezing and thawing doesn’t hurt them. The only good thing is that it was garbage day today, so at least we didn’t have the food sitting around for long. My advice – don’t keep fish food in the freezer! I found out today it is possible to buy freeze dried blood worms which of course do not need to be frozen or refrigerated, and Grace will be buying some tomorrow.