Love Seafood? You’re Not Alone.
Last year seafood was the category leader in grocery sales with a 28.4% increase, generating more than 16.6 billion for food retailers. (www.supermarketnews.com)
“Sales of the combined category of fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable seafood outpaced sales in the produce, meat, and deli department, according to the newly released edition of the Power of Seafood 2021 report from FMI – The Food Industry Association.” (www.seafoodsource.com)
Consumers and Seafood
Health Benefits of Seafood
Seafood is Nutritious
How are Seafood Stocks Made?
What Can Be Used As A Substitute For Seafood Stock?
Benefits of Using Seafood Stock Base?
How Do You Use Seafood Stock?
How Do You Make Lobster Stock, Shrimp Stock and other Seafood Stocks from Concentrated Seafood Base?
Delicious Recipes Using Seafood Stock
Who Uses Seafood Stock Bases and Where Can I Buy Seafood Stock?
Why are consumers choosing seafood for their diets? The following data from, www.seafoodsource.com, outlines how often consumers are eating seafood and why.
- One-third of consumers in the United States consumed seafood twice a week in 2020.
- Of those who increased their seafood intake, 59% cited eating healthier and boosting their immune systems as their primary reason.
- Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 72% of frequent seafood consumers focused more on making healthy and nutritious choices.
- Of those shoppers who said they are interested in learning more about cooking seafood, 75% said they want to be more knowledgeable about how to prepare and flavor seafood.
The National Fisheries Institute reported how even a few years ago Americans were eating more fish than they have in over a decade. (www.aboutseafood.com)
Seafood Bases, which include fish, clam, crab, lobster and shrimp base varieties, provide an easy, time-saving and inexpensive way to add delicious signature seafood taste to recipes while passing on potential health benefits prevalent in this food category.
“The American Heart, Diabetes, Pediatric, Alzheimer’s and Psychiatric associations — and many others — promote seafood as part of the solution to be healthier, recommending fish and shellfish at least twice a week. This recommendation, which translates to about 250 mg of omega-3s EPA and DHA per day, is based on decades of research that shows seafood at least twice a week can lead to fewer instances of chronic and preventable diseases, and even reduce the risk of death from any health-related cause by 17 percent.” (Source: www.seafoodnutirtion.org/faqs/)
Seafood Packs a Powerful Health Punch:
FDA Seafood Nutrition Facts
According to the US FDA, seafood provides many nutritional benefits while having negligible amounts of trans fat, sugars and dietary fiber.
Specifically, here’s how some of the most popular seafood choices measure up nutritionally:
There are many seafood options. Nutrition Advance has identified 15 Seafood options for better health including:
Seafood stock is a generic term for any stock made from seafood. A variety of fish, mollusks and crustaceans, such as lobster, crab, shrimp, clams, and fish can be combined to create a flavor-packed seafood stock. Or, if you are looking for a specific flavor for your recipe, you can create a seafood stock using an individual type of seafood, such as, fish stock or crab stock.
The typically non-edible parts of these animals, including bones, heads, tails and shells, are simmered together with herbs, spices and vegetables. An aromatic mirepoix made with finely-chopped onions, celery and carrots is a popular vegetable choice. Tomato paste, since it adds sweetness and its acidity helps extract the flavor from the seafood, is another favorite.
For chefs who prefer an alternative to making seafood stock from scratch, seafood base is a perfect substitute.
A seafood base is much more concentrated, flavor-heavy, thicker than a made from scratch seafood stock. Seafood base is an easy to use substitute to the long-simmered seafood stock. Several different specific varieties of bases in the seafood category, including shrimp, lobster, clam, crab and fish bases, are available.
There are many benefits to using a concentrated seafood base to make seafood stock or seafood broth. Some of the biggest benefits of seafood base include the 5 – S’s:
- Saving: Spend only pennies per serving for a concentrated seafood base compared to a pre-made seafood stock.
- Simplicity: Simply add boiling water to concentrated seafood base for instant seafood stock.
- Space-Saving: Uses less warehouse, cooler and freezer space with concentrated seafood bases. The equivalent of 283 gallons of seafood stock can be replaced with a single 50 lb pail of concentrated base.
- Servings: Compare 90 servings from one pound of seafood base to only 2 servings with one pound of pre-packaged liquid seafood stock.
- Shelf-Life: Pre-packaged seafood stocks last only days, depending on the variety compared to a concentrated seafood stock base shelf-life up to a year. Seafood stock base can be frozen, if desired, to extend shelf-life.
Seafood stock and concentrated seafood base can be used in countless ways for your recipes. Their use is really only limited by your culinary imagination! Try these uses for seafood stock:
- As a flavor enhancer or foundation, seafood extender or seasoning for a variety of seafood dishes and recipes.
- Use in bisques, chowders, risottos, jambalayas, stuffings, dips, spreads, seafood salads, and much more.
- As a delicious, flavor-packed addition to ethnic and fusion menus.
- To season cooking water, sauté vegetables in, create signature breading or even enhance your favorite pasta dish.
It is so easy! Just add water! Simply mix ¾ teaspoon of your favorite Cook’s Delight® concentrated seafood stock base with 8 ounces of boiling water. One pound of seafood base converts into 5 ½ gallons of seafood stock or broth – a total of twenty-two 32-oz. boxes! Check out the video and see just how easy it is to make seafood stock.
Make Shrimp Stock for pennies per serving – here is how!
It’s easy to make Lobster Stock! Make lobster stock with Cook’s Delight® Lobster Stock Concentrate in minutes!
Making Shrimp Fried Rice from scratch is easy to do. Your recipe for shrimp fried rice can be as simple as adding green onions, shrimp, mushrooms and eggs as main ingredients to creating a more complex dish, if desired. Choose a favorite seafood stock to boost the flavor.
Vodka Shrimp Poutine is an upscale variation on traditional poutine and shrimp stock gives it added flavor. To make your signature seafood poutine recipe load up crispy fries with your favorite seafood. Try crab, lobster or scallops for a delicious addition to your poutine or any combination of seafood. Pure comfort food!
Seafood Paella is a delightful dish that satisfies a crowd. This seafood paella recipe is a blend of shrimp, clams, chicken and seasonings and evokes visions of sitting at an outdoor Spanish terraza with a glass of Rioja. What seafood can be used in paella? Be creative and add your favorite ingredients including mussels, fish, lobster, scallops and more. Chorizo is also a tasty ingredient in paella! Use your favorite seafood stock, such as clam stock, in this recipe to enrich the flavor.
Seafood bases are used for many applications by food manufacturers, foodservice operators and home chefs. Anyone looking to add a consistent, flavorful and predicatable flavor profile to their recipes can benefit from seafood stock base. They cut labor costs, save valuable preparation time and ensure consistent quality management. Convenient packs sizes and shelf stable products allow users to source the necessary amount without shortage or storage worries.
Home users can buy seafood stock online in individual quantities of our most popular soup bases, including Supreme Shrimp Base for purchase at Amazon.
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Health trends change and so do our products. With the addition of our new line of Zero Sugar Bases, Cooks Delight provides an option for professional chefs wanting to control the sugar in their culinary creations. Available in chicken, beef and vegetable (both organic and conventional) varieties, the bases are gluten free with no MSG, no Big 8 allergens and no trans fats. These clean label products conform to the guidelines of many popular zero sugar diets as well as KETO, vegan and low carb.
Submit a request for your sample. These bases are a perfect addition to your distribution product line, especially if healthcare providers are a key demographic in your customer base.