Great Lakes whitefish website educates consumers on one of Michigan’s most sought after fish

The greatlakeswhitefish.com website serves up a wealth of information about this delicious fish still harvested in Michigan waters.

Great Lakes whitefish, with its exceptionally fine, sweet, light flavor, has been extolled since the days of the early explorers of the Great Lakes region. Even people who claim they do not like fish can appreciate the mildness of Great Lakes whitefish. Great Lakes whitefish offers versatility, value and convenience. It is perfect for a variety of dishes and adapts to almost any cooking method.

To educate consumers about this great commercial fish available in the Great Lakes, Michigan Sea Grant worked in partnership with the Michigan commercial fishing industry to develop a website about Great Lakes whitefish— the most sought after commercial fish in Michigan waters.  To access the website, visit http://greatlakeswhitefish.com

When visitors take a dip into this site, they will learn about this versatile fish and its fishermen. Visitors can also find how to locate lake whitefish and cook it to perfection with one of the many recipes featured. In the recipe section of the website, visitors will find a variety of recipes, including some from professional chefs who share preparation tips that demonstrate how Great Lakes whitefish can be incredibly easy to prepare whether fish is fresh or frozen regardless to whether you might be a novice in the kitchen or a seasoned pro.  One bite and you will be hooked.

Other valuable information found on the site includes consumer education about buying lake whitefish. There are tips for consumers to know what attributes to look for before purchasing lake whitefish. And, the site contains a directory of local fishermen, fish processors and retailers to help consumers determine where to purchase wholesale or retail whitefish from Michigan waters. To determine if lake whitefish has been caught in the United States, always check the country of origin label on the package.

In the recipe section of the website, visitors will find a variety of recipes, including some from professional chefs who share preparation tips that demonstrate how Great Lakes whitefish can be incredibly easy to prepare whether fish is fresh or frozen regardless to whether you might be a novice in the kitchen or a seasoned pro.  

Great Lakes whitefish is available throughout the year even as the fishery slows down over the winter months. Consumers can find high quality, vacuum-packed frozen product with bones removed for convenience in the market place that keeps its “fresh from the water” flavor and texture.  Tests with consumer panels at Michigan State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Sensory Evaluation Laboratory concluded that consumers could not differentiate the cooked flavor of fresh lake whitefish from vacuum-packed frozen lake whitefish. The nutritional value of fresh and frozen fish is very similar.

Visitors can get a glimpse into the way of life for many of the Michigan commercial fishing families that bring lake whitefish to our dinner tables. These families represent generations of fishing, who love the Great Lakes waters, and honor and respect the regional fishing tradition.

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