Happy National Fish and Chip Day! Yes, that's right, today (Friday June 1st) marks National Fish and Chip Day across the UK - a chance for the country to celebrate its love of crispy battered fish and deep-fried chips.
Did you know that Brits spend around £1.2 billion on fish and chips every year? Some 22% of us visit our local chippy at least once a week, and there are more than 10,500 fish and chip shops in the UK, according to statistics from the Federation of Fish Friers. We certainly are a fish and chip-loving nation, it seems!
Many chip shops across the country will be offering special discounts and deals to celebrate National Fish and Chip Day, making it hard to resist temptation. It is Friday, after all, so treat yourself.
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That first whiff of chip shop chips and freshly battered fish is oh so enticing, and powerful enough to make you drool, but we surely all have to agree that when you wake up the morning after a fish and chip supper and the smell is still lingering in your kitchen, it's no longer the most pleasant aroma.
You shouldn't let that put you off enjoying a Friday night treat though; most takeaways are pretty smelly when you think about it! Just make sure you always have our Chef's Friend Room Spray to hand to spritz around your kitchen and living room - fish and chips taste so much better eaten out of your lap on the sofa in front of the TV, don't they?
With its refreshing lemongrass and lime fragrance, teamed with an odour neutraliser, it's perfect for covering up strong food smells. In fact, it's a good idea to keep one of our Chef's Friend Reed Diffusers in your kitchen at all times, perhaps on the window sill, to help mask the smell of burnt food or particularly strong spices.
Of course, if you're watching what you eat, fish and chips may not be top of your list of dishes you want to tuck into, but this doesn't mean you can't join in your family treat night. By making your own version of fish and chips at home, you can control exactly what goes into your meal, keeping it much lighter on the calories.
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Try coating your fish with breadcrumbs instead of batter, for example, and make your own chips by parboiling potatoes for around five minutes before baking them in the oven until crispy with just a little oil.
Then, all that's left to do is decide what to have with your fish and chip tea; will you keep it classic and go for mushy peas?; are you more of a gravy fan?; or perhaps it'll be curry sauce. Remember, you don't need to worry about how smelly your choice is if you've got our Chef's Friend products handy!