6/3/19 | CrossFit Vs. Facebook, Wes Kitts Q&A, and a Fresh Fish Diet
CrossFit Shutters Facebook, Instagram Accounts Amid Data Privacy Concerns
This article was retrieved from morningchalkup.com and written by Justin LoFranco. Caffeine and Kilos does not own nor contributed to the content.
CrossFit’s decision Monday to deactivate all Facebook and Instagram pages indefinitely was fueled by growing data and privacy concerns with the social media giant, Greg Glassman revealed on a call with the Morning Chalk Up.
CrossFit staff has been silent on the changes amid large speculation in the community about what is actually going on. On Tuesday, Morning Chalk Up confirmed that the pages are, in fact, deactivated indefinitely.
The explanation: “All activity on CrossFit, Inc.’s Facebook and Instagram accounts is suspended as of May 24, 2019, as CrossFit investigates the circumstances pertaining to Facebook’s deletion of the Banting7DayMealPlan and other well-known public complaints about the social-media company that may adversely impact the security and privacy of our global CrossFit community.”
Pan Ams Questions Answered
Caffeine and Kilos Wes Kitts is one of the top weightlifters in the country, some would argue the top lifter from the United States. He recently competed at the Pan American Championships where he spent his fair share of time on the podiums and setting records. He has recently debuted his YouTube channel where he shares videos of lifting, self reviews of his sessions, and his latest: answering frequent questions about his experience at the Pan Ams. In the video below he covers his prep, his performance, and most importantly his next leg of training as he continues to prepare for a potential 2020 Olympic appearance.
By Jeff Lund
Cofounder Danny Lehr isn't afraid to get his hands dirty for some great meals.
Alright, so we all know salmon is good for you. Right? However, not all salmon is created equal. Here’s what you need to know.
The Pacific salmon basics
There is no “Pacific salmon.” There are five species of salmon that live in the Pacific, but no salmon called the Pacific salmon. If you see salmon advertised as such, it’s likely pink salmon which is the most plentiful. As far as those five go, the desirability rankings are highly debated but tend to look something like this:
- King (Chinook, black mouth, Tyee)
2. Sockeye (red)
3. Coho (silver)
4. Chum (dog, Keta)
5. Pink (humpy)
Fresh fish comes during summer, unless it’s winter king
The commercial salmon industry fishes in summer as the fish complete their ocean cycle and approach spawning rivers, so the freshest fish will come in the summer and early fall. If it’s March, and you’re looking at Alaska sockeye salmon in your in the seafood department, know that it’s…uh, seasoned. If you want to buy it and cook it anyway, go for it, but know the best stuff is a few months away.
- The 3 (or 4) kings
While a king salmon has different nick names there are a few different “types.” The standard king salmon is the king salmon you see at the store which is typically caught May-July. The ceremonial first king salmon from the Copper River is passed from an Alaska Airlines pilot to a chef or market owner in Seattle every May. It’s like the first pitch of the salmon season. The Copper River king is said to taste a little different than the rest of the king salmon, perhaps because of the glacial “milk” or particular nutrients the fish feeds on in its infancy. Maybe it tastes different, maybe it doesn’t, but some believe it does, and some might even charge a little more for a Copper River king. Speaking of added expense, the winter king is a typical troll-caught king hooked during the winter, a considerably slower season that many commercial fishermen don’t fish because it isn’t always worth the expense. However, those who do can make good money since it’s the only fresh salmon available during the winter. While prices vary depending on demand, the going price currently (late March) is $23 at the fish market here in Ketchikan. The further it travels from the docks here to the grocery stores there the price could be $30 or higher per pound.
The white king is not typically available for sale, but locally, it’s the favorite. For some reason, roughly 1 in 20 king salmon have white meat. It’s a richer meat and kinda like hitting the king salmon lottery. This is not the salmon to be smoked. This is the type you want to take extra care when cooking to make the most of it even though it isn’t incredibly rare.
- Fresh frozen is good…for a long time
Last week I ate half a filet from over a year ago. It was vacuum packed within hours of being caught and was every bit as tasty. Unlike game meat, fish doesn’t age well outside of the freezer, so “never frozen” just means that the fish has been slowly degrading since it was caught and if that’s been a while, that’s when you get that fishy smell. The year-old chunk I took from the freezer smelled like cold salt water when thawed, not like fish. If there is clear freezer burn, or the piece smells especially strong when thawed, it might not be good. Otherwise, don’t assume old is bad.
- Find a recipe you like
If you don’t like the taste of fish, bury it. Don’t throw a piece of lemon on it, cook the life out of it and say it sucks. Cook it until the first sign of fat oozes between the flakes. If it looks like it is smothered in mozzarella, you’ve cooked it too much. Salmon is far more versatile than people might think. Roll chunks in batter, drop it in the deep fryer. Cook it in tinfoil on the grill smothered in teriyaki, BBQ, or coated in your favorite rub. Make salmon patties out of a cooked filet mixed with crushed crackers chopped onion, jalapeno pepper and a couple eggs. Sear it in a pan and eat it with or without a bun.
- Never eat farmed fish.
Jeff Lund is a freelance writer and high school English teacher from Ketchikan, Alaska. His podcast The Mediocre Alaskan is available on iTunes and Soundcloud.