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This simple trick makes removing pin bones from fish so much easier
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With summer upon us, it's time to confront any fears you may have about cooking seafood. Whether you're grilling a whole fish or making a one-pot seafood stew, cooking seafood is much easier than most people think.

One of the most common fears or grievances surrounding seafood is the pesky task of removing pin bones. They can be hard to spot, which can make it difficult to tell if you've gotten them all. If you've ever served fish at a dinner party and sat in fear of a guest discovering a bone in a fillet, you know the feeling of dread that can accompany the mere mention of the words pin bones.

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Fear not, fish lovers. There's a dead-simple trick that makes it not only easy to find the pin bones, but also easier to pluck them. And trust us, you have the equipment.

If you buy a plank of fish that contains pin bones, grab a bowl and pliers. Turn the bowl upside down and drape the piece of fish over the bowl. The convex shape of the bowl will push the bones out, making them more visible and easier to remove.

For everything you need to know, watch the video above and never fear pin bones again.

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