As well as benefiting from stunning rural surroundings and charming waterside locations, many of Allens Caravans holiday parks offer plenty in the way of activities. In fact, one of the most popular pastimes at parks like Severnside, Sunbeach and The Springs is fishing. We have private lakes and carp pools, as well as river pegs and sea fishing options in certain locations.
You see, there is something very peaceful about fishing, and something very rewarding about catching something yourself. Whether it is a hunter-gatherer spirit or the sense of accomplishment having mastered a new skill, fishing is popular with guests of every kind.
Of course, you can’t always keep your catches, but that doesn’t take away from the achievement. For those you do keep though, what do you do with them? And even if you end up buying your fish from the local market, do you really know your fish? You might know what you are buying, but do you know how it has been treated, preserved and even cooked?
Well, whether you want an idea of how you can cure your fish post-catch or you just want a better idea of what you’re after when you go to find tonight’s dinner, read on.
Here are three ways to finish off your fish.
Salt or sugar curing fish has long been a popular practice for preparing fish. There is evidence of salt-cured meat and fish from ancient civilisations, several millennia BC. Today, we salt cure fish with standard table salt, which removes the water content and halts bacterial growth. Sugar curing is most commonly used for salmon. Honey and syrups usually constitute as the “sugar” the fish is coated in.
Smoking fish was originally done to simply preserve the fish, for use at a later date. We have since developed a taste for smoked fish, and now, the practice is a popular one. Fish need to be salted and dried before they can be smoked over a fire. In traditional fishing villages, smoking would occur in a designated smokehouse. To smoke your own fish though, you can purchase or construct home smokers.
Ok, this one isn’t quite as traditional as, say, pickling or drying your fish, but it is a popular post-catch treatment. Batter has a long history of being beloved by the British people, and we defy you to find a more quintessentially British way of enjoying fish in the summer. You can see How to Cook the Perfect Batter or perhaps try making a beer batter of your own.
These three options are the most popular, and thus, the ones you’ll most likely want to try. Think about your palate; do you like rich and smoky, something distinctive, or lots of seasoning? Choose a treatment that appeals to your tastes or try something completely new, just because.
Knowing your fish from rod to plate will make the experience of catching (or buying!) your own dinner that much more enjoyable and rewarding. After all, if you’re an expert at the lake, you may as well be one in the kitchen too!
So when you arrive at one of our caravan parks for your next fishing holiday, be sure to stock the kitchen up with what you need to turn your catch-of-the-day into a tasty treat for all to enjoy.