As I was fixing up some of the Creamy Lemon Zinger Sweet Potato Soup a few weeks ago, I realized I hadn’t shared with you one of my favorite pieces of metal in the kitchen and I’m not talking about my Microplane or pizza cutter.
A few years ago I was diagnosed anemic and when I was looking around for options to increase my iron consumption, this was something I came across and it has to be one of the easiest ways I have found (besides just using cast iron skillets for cooking). It is called a Lucky Iron Fish and it is made some folks in Ontario trying to help families in developing countries who are dealing with the lack of iron in their food.
I’ve had it for several years now and of course I can’t give it entire credit because I do other things like eating iron rich foods and avoiding caffeine, but I haven’t had a problem with low iron since. This little fish has been designed to be more efficient than just using cast iron pans:
Lucky Iron Fish is made from a specific type of iron. Its shape, size and weight are calculated to release a consistent amount of iron that can be absorbed by the body every time it is used.
The way that I typically use mine is with broth when making soups. Whether homemade or from the store, I cook the fish with the broth and a little bit of acidic liquid (vinegar or lemon juice depending on the dish) before adding it to the rest of the recipe. Be careful to follow the directions by rinsing it first and only boiling for 10 minutes or else you will end up with the metallic taste of iron. Otherwise, you will never be able to tell you added some extra nutrition to your meal!
I store mine in the box it came in on top of my stove and after washing it gently I wrap it in a paper towel to keep it dry (so it doesn’t rust). Rust isn’t a big deal as it can be cleaned off but it’s one less thing I need to worry about. This is their FAQs page where you can learn more about the details. They, also, say you can use it to make drinking water!
And the best part of all? For every fish YOU buy, they donate another to a family in who needs one, too.
By 2020, we plan to distribute 1 million fish to 1 million families in need all over the world.
Sound interesting? Please go over and check out their website at www.luckyironfish.com and see what you think for yourself!