Culinary gear for cleaning and cooking your catch of the day
There’s something extra special about keeping a few eaters in the summer when you can dine—and even cook—outside. This new gear makes it easier than ever to get your catch of the day on the table.
UNCLE BUCK’S BATTER BOX
$18.99, Bass Pro Shops, www.basspro.com
Key features: Removable sifter separates fish from the dry mix to prevent clumping; durable and dishwasher safe; locking lid; also breads chops, chicken and vegetables.
The promise: “Bread or batter an entire fryer load at once.”
US$65, Buck Knives, www.buckknives.com
Key features: Flexible, six-inch trailing-point stainless steel blade with full tang; glass-reinforced nylon handle in two Kryptek camo colours; made in the U.S. with “Forever Warranty.”
The promise: “Flexible and comfortable fillet knives.”
US$62.49, Camp Chef, www.campchef.com
Key features: Heavy-gauge, 20-inch cast iron pan with carry handle and high sides; ready to use out of the box with Camp Chef’s True Seasoned Finish; 16-inch model also available.
The promise: “Large capacity for group cooking.”
SPORTSMAN DIAMOND HONE KNIFE SHARPENER
US$29.99, Chef’sChoice, www.chefschoice.com
Key features: Three-stage sharpener for double-bevelled edges on fishing, light hunting, pocket and serrated knives; 100 per cent diamond abrasives; slip-resistant feet.
The promise: “Fast, safe, easy to use right- or left-handed.”
DELUXE FISH BASKET
$21.99, GrillPro, www.grillpro.com
Key features: Non-stick wire fish-roasting basket with locking lid; holds entire fish up to 16 inches long; detachable soft-grip handle enables you to leave basket in a closed barbecue.
The promise: “Grill your fish to perfection.”
OUTDOOR COOKER PACKAGE
US$93.92, King Kooker, www.kingkooker.com
Key features: Twenty-inch portable propane cooker with 54,000 BTU cast burner; 10-quart aluminum fry pan; aluminum basket with heat resistant handle and deep-fry thermometer.
The promise: “Camping and tailgating has never been easier.”
LITHIUM ION CORDLESS FILLET KNIFE COMBO
$149.99, Rapala Canada, www.rapala.ca
Key features: Cordless knife body with comfortable grip; six- and 7½-inch reciprocating blades; two lithium-ion batteries and wall charger; padded storage case.
The promise: “Eighty continuous minutes of run time per battery.”
COMPLETE SUSHIQUIK STARTER KIT
US$39.95, SushiQuik, www.sushiquik.com
Key features: Dishwasher safe “training frame” and non-stick paddle to measure and spread rice; roll cutter to guide knife; two end caps double as soy sauce holders; e-book with 25 recipes. The promise: “The best way to roll sushi at home.”
FOR THE TABLE
Fish is easy to cook, as long as you keep in mind it’s more delicate than meat or poultry, and requires some special care.
Clean fish with a sharp, flexible knife. You don’t need to gut or scale a fish unless you’re cooking it whole or with the skin on. Keep fish as cold as possible, and if you’re storing fillets for a few days, rinse them in salt water to remove any viscera.
Fish should be cooked to an internal temperature of 63°C or until the flesh is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. A general rule is to cook fish seven to 10 minutes per inch of thickness. For a crispy coating when frying, turn the fish only once. And when barbecuing, make sure the grill or basket is clean and lightly oiled.