TILAPIA is the Fish for Aquaponics


TILAPIA is the Fish for Aquaponics

-by Colle and Phyllis Davis
tilapia Oreochromis mossambicusTilapia is the fish we recommend for aquaponics.

They prefer a water temperature in the low 80° F, the water can be fresh water, brackish water or even salty water, and they do just fine. They will thrive in water that can be dirty looking and still grow and be ready for eating almost anywhere in the world.

Most trout/salmon do not like water over 60° F at which point they begin to experience stress and become susceptible to diseases in warmer water. This means either the water must be cooled and heated each cycle, or the fish or the plants will be unhappy and not grow well.

WATERBLUEFISH2Trout/salmon are also carnivores and are grown best on animal protein. Commercial trout chow contains fish meal as the protein source and that fish meal is from ocean harvest fish, depleting the ocean fisheries.

Catfish, which was our personal first choice, have a different problem. The fry or fingerlings are only available three months of the year (May, June, July) so there is no way for farm owners to consistently restock their fish tanks. Catfish grow quickly, they like warm water, they will eat almost anything, they taste good and are a hardy fish. But, stocking off season is impossible.

Perch are carnivores and eat bugs, crayfish and other animals to grow. This feed is tough to get in the winter months unless you grow them inside for some other purpose. Perch food is tough to get almost any time of the year. Perch taste sweet and are easy to work with but are difficult to find food for them.

Most crayfish and many freshwater prawns are cannibalistic and need to live in separate ‘apartments’ built in the tanks so they don’t eat each other. They are sometimes used in the tanks with other fish to clean up the bottom of the tanks. They are very hardy, but the housing for them is a problem.

tialpiaswimming21-300x199That leaves the incredibly, tasty, hearty and adaptable Tilapia. They are very easy to grow, prepare, they taste great, grow quickly, and are available year round. They are herbivores and prefer plant protein and are very hardy.

 

Waist High Gardening for Boomers in Aquaponics

Waist High Gardening for Boomers in Aquaponics

Boomers enjoy gardening and aquaponics creates sustainability in their community! 
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

baby booomer tomatoe

 

AQUAPONICS TO THE RESCUE. Most Baby Boomers enjoy gardening.

Many of us spent time on our grandparents farms during our childhoods and today, there is a major resurgence in back yard gardens today, but problems arise for Boomers are unable to stoop, bend or till soil.  Aquaponics is a great way to re-purpose an entire generation. The idea could even spread to other parts of the world and maybe all seniors and all people of any age or educational demographic could be seen as productive members of any society and all because of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.

According to About.com, senior’s deepest fears might surprise you: “The unpredictable cost of illness and healthcare is by far baby boomers’ biggest fear. They are three times more worried about a major illness (48%), their ability to pay for healthcare (53%) or winding up in a nursing home (48%), than about dying (17%).”

The Boomers are the largest group ever to reach retirement age and are now starting to do just that, retire. But, a very large percentage of these so called ‘Boomers’ are not prepared for retirement and are going to need help in their golden years. 

10,000 Baby Boomers a day turn 65 and that trend continues until 2030. Boomers are the best educated generation in history, we have had the most freedom and the most fun of any generation in history, we/are also one of the most creative generations in history (Internet and technology, science and medical contributions, transportation and distribution advantages), we are also in charge of building a large part of the world we live in today, but we have also suffered under the delusion that we would always be young, healthy and have unlimited energy forever. Silly people.

Time is finally getting to those of us in the Boomer demographic (those born between the years 1946 and 1964). We are getting older, our health is not as stable as it was and Boomers are looking for ways to reinvent themselves to stay busy and make a difference. After all, this talented group does have a huge reservoir of talents, skills, knowledge and contacts that society could use if only there was a way to harness their interests and they could profit from their efforts.

As Boomers lead quieter lives as they move into a ‘less productive’ stage in their lives, they still have valuable contributions to make to society in productive ways. They can form groups within compounds, er . . . retirement homes, and work together (which offers social interactions) to raise their own food and sell the surplus to pay for their room and board. After all, most Baby Boomers have had childhood experiences on a family or relative’s farm and we remember what ‘real food’ tasted like when it was harvested fresh and full of nutrients, so ‘fresh healthy food’ is a commonality among us.

The technology exists today (Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems) that can help the residents become very productive at raising their own food. These aquaponics systems are very easy to operate, mostly harvesting and planting at ‘waist high’ Grow Tables and a few of the younger and more active people in the group could be in charge of the regular maintenance routines of the equipment (a few minutes a day, at most). The Grow Tables and can be adapted even to those with disabilities or require wheel chair access.

Aquaponics for Beginners

Aquaponics for Beginners
By Colle and Phyllis Davis

There are literally millions of pages on the Internet about the topic of aquaponics.

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peppers three smilingPFAS LLC’s website has been visited several million times over the last 12 months or so and we are only one of the many other sites available. To start the journey of having a working aquaponics system, the best place to start is to begin to search the Internet and devote several hours of time to do the research and then assemble your own unique aquaponics system.

Begin with one beta fish or gold fish in a bowl to support one lettuce plant. Grow your interest to feed your family and then if the stars align, install a community garden. BEGIN SMALL and grow from there.

If you’re interested in owning your own aquaponics system, your first goal is to select the size aquaponics system you’d like to operate for your own unique purposes. We always suggest to our customers that they learn how to successfully operate an aquaponics system and if it fits their needs THEN expand to multiple aquaponics modules (the sky’s the limit).

There are literally thousands of websites that can show you how to set up a small workable open-source backyard hobby-aquaponics systems without paying for the information. For those who are not able to purchase our systems, we suggest you START TODAY by working with online/open source information so you can learn about aquaponics and build your own farm. We also suggest you visit online aquaponics forums so you can ask questions you may have from other aquaponics enthusiasts. 

Please do all the research you need to feel comfortable moving forward with your aquaponics project. Some quick numbers that will be helpful:

  • IF you place your small system inside, as in garage or basement, be prepared to spend a few hundred dollars on the very smallest system that will be a joy to show off to your friends and enjoy a few vegetables each year.
  • If you build a larger system (4 x 8’ grow tray size) be prepared to spend a little over $1,000 and that will help feed one and a third people. More fun and more bragging.
  • If you go absolutely crazy and put up a greenhouse or ‘big’ installation to feed 4 to 8 people then you are looking at an investment in the US$3,500 to US$8,000 range.

 


farm 8 18 2012 aquaponicsWe call this process of starting small and expanding the size of your aquaponics system ‘getting your hands wet’ because even if one possesses all the knowledge in the world about a topic (in this case aquaponics), it will not feed a single person; only ACTION GROWS FOOD and in this case several steps are required before it creates food that nourishes someone and that action has an impact.  Start with research, build a small aquarium and dish pan system, move up to garbage cans or IBC totes, go crazy and build a ‘real’ system so you can kill fish and plants. Oh, sorry, you may not want to hear that, but that is what will happen. That is how one learns, by making mistakes.

aquaponics back yard farmIn the world of makers and successful businesses there is a motto: Fail fast and fail often. This means you will try things and if they work, keep them, if they fail, try something else. Side note here: we have killed thousands of fish in our 45 years in the field of aquaponics. Some we ate, some were our own dumb mistakes coming to bite us and some were out of unintended consequences.

Back to getting a running start in aquaponics. Start somewhere, at some level, now. Modern aquaponics is a brand new field because it encompasses recent technology and innovation along with successful techniques from the past. Aquaponics is evolving rapidly and slowly becoming main stream. The commercial side of aquaponics may take another ten or twenty years to accept on par with hydroponics, but it will happen.

It is the hobbyist, gardener, cook and home owner who are leading the charge on this ‘new’ technology, not the big companies, governments or NGO’s. Aquaponics is up close and personal as only eating can be and it is the opportunity to eat the best food on earth, every day, for a long as you live.

The important part is to get started NOW. Have fun, make mistakes and eat great food.

A short cut to aquaponics success is to take the Aquaponics University Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Course©. Just sayin’.


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Enroll in our online course and learn to assemble and operate a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

Most students dedicate one hour per day for a week or ten days to complete the online course.

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, graduates receive a Portable Farms® Kit used in the assembly of the aquaponics module that is capable of building a grow table large enough to feed eight people table vegetables and fish . . . forever.

Graduates often build and install one Model Portable Farms® Aquaponics System over a single weekend.

  • You will need these tools: power saw, hammer, power drill, level, hydraulic jack (for leveling), staple gun, hack saw or PVC pipe cutter, box cutter and maybe a few band-aids.
  • Think of the Grow Table as a large shallow tray on legs. You will need two people, three is better because the Grow Table is heavy.
  • The hardest part of the process is washing and placing the gravel a slow, heavy and wet process best delegated to young, strong helpers.
  • Building a Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Module does requires some carpentry skills and a person with the skills to hang a door or build a cabinet will do a fine job.

To find out what is IN the Portable Farms® Kit and what is NOT in the Portable Farms® Kit , please request the FREE AND INSTANTANEOUS PRICE LIST (top right box on every page of this website).

Let us teach you how to grow healthy fish and vegetables so you can become increasingly self-sustaining.

  • Our 45 years of experience in aquaponics is now available to teach you how to feed your family FOREVER. [Read our History: CLICK HERE] It only takes a few days to learn the areas related to assembling an aquaponics system  so you can build your own Portable Farms® Aquaponics System!

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Growing Fruit Trees or Blueberries in Aquaponics

How to Grow Fruit Trees or Blueberries in Aquaponics 
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis
 

Here are the main parameters that need to be addressed when considering raising fruit trees with aquaponics:

 

  1. Pollination. Bees do not do well at all inside buildings. Hand pollination is time consuming and expensive.
  2. Which fruit(s) should you raise?
  3. What market is being addressed and can the fruit compete with regular ‘dirt farming’ methods currently used for growing fruit?
  4. What is to be done with the fish waste water when the trees are dormant?
  5. What training will the personnel need to have in order to make the aquaponics-fruit-growing-installation most productive? 

The first step for installing an orchard is to dig trenches on the contour across the slope of the

Women picking ripe blueberries close up shoot

designated orchard area. These trenches need to be 18 to 24 inches (45cm to 60cm) deep and the same wide with a 4 to 6 inch berm build up on each side to prevent ground water from entering the trench at any time. Then an impermeable membrane is placed covering the entire berm trench berm area to insure that no water either leaves or enters the trench. (Blueberries only need half the trench size.) 

At one end of the top trench, install an automatic trip valve in a sump area and have it drain into the trench below so the water is flowing back across the slope in the next trench down the slope. This arrangement will mean the water travels from one end of the trench to the other, drops to the next level and traverses the slope in the opposite direction for each trench. The slope must be great enough for the trench to fill nearly full each time and then to drain out completely. The ideal slope is 1:6 up to 1:8, less or more slope requires some consulting time to design a functioning system.  

Before filling the lined trenches with gravel, fill them with water first to observe that each automatic trip valve is working correctly and that each trench drains completely.  

The next step is placing the gravel that has been to be washed and screened to remove sand, mud and debris into the trenches up to two inches below the top of the berm. The gravel needs to be level in all directions. Fill each trench insuring the pipe surrounding the automatic trip valve has no gravel inside of it.   

Finally make sure the last trench drains completely into the fish tank/pond. Now it is the time to plant the trees (bushes) and install the fish into their new home. The choice of fish is much broader than it is with indoor aquaponics. Local fish can be used very successfully. Feed the fish what they will eat in 15 to 30 second once or twice a day after they are two to three inches long.  

When the fruiting season is over, reduce the water flow through the system to twice a week and after the leaves drop only run the water once or twice a month to insure the trees have some water. In the spring, begin the water flow before the first thaw and before the leaves start to swell.  

Now, here is a quick and dirty method. Cut several 55-gallon plastic drums in half, install a drain line with a shut off valve in the bottom so you can control the water level, fill with gravel, plant your favorite fruit trees and water with fish waste water a couple times a week during growing season and once or twice a month when they are dormant. AQUAPONICS FRUIT GROWING:  DONE.  

Endorsement for Portable Farms® from the Country License Holder in Botswana, Africa

botswana2Dear Friends of Portable Farms®:
It is with great joy that we offer you this glowing endorsement (below) from Mr. J.T. Mapoka, the License Holder of Portable Farms® in the Country of Botswana Africa, regarding our  Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems’ technology in his country. J.T. Mapoka installed a 10,000 sq. ft. aquaponics system for commercial growing as well as offering to build Portable Farms for others in Botswana.  He generously referred to Portable Farms® as a ‘true golden machine that produces real organic food.’ Please join us in reading his rave reviews.

If you have ever had any doubts about the success of Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems then please take two minutes to read his endorsement and see that our technology is all we claim it to be. After that, contact us about becoming a License Holder in your area, state or country to own your own ‘true golden machine.’

– Phyllis and Colle Davis

 

Hi Phyllis and Colle:

botswanaWe have absolutely completed our Portable Farm in Botswana to the extent that we are already enjoying the fruits of our sweat. Guys, your technology really works, the Portable Farms Aquaponics System technology has proven itself and it is not an Internet gimmick, but a true golden machine that produces real organic food. I don’t have words for describing this fantastic and sustainable system. The vegetables and herbs that we are producing from our Portable Farms are not in any form at par with those available in the whole market in our country of Botswana including those from up-market stores for using heirloom seeds only in an aquaponic set-up we just beat them all in quality and taste. Because of this uniqueness in taste and freedom from pesticides and chemicals, we no longer source/buy our veggies and herbs elsewhere, but directly from our own farm. We proudly choose not to eat them unless they are sourced from Portable Farms. It is amazing. We have already started promoting the farm products to various outlets including restaurants, hotels, individuals, etc. and the results are positive, and we could be selling volumes soon. This goes side-by-side with the promotion of Portable Farms concept to fellow countrymen, the results are also positive in this area. What makes it even more positive now is that people can see for themselves physically the potential of aquaponics and the quality of food it can produce. I must say I have now achieved my goal, and my dream has come true. What is left is to sail to prosperity, all attributable to Colle and Phyllis. You’re so great guys! I am very proud of you. Thanks very much for your patience and continued support to get us where we are now. In Botswana Language we say “le ka moso’, meaning ‘let it be so even tomorrow.’

Thanks very much for shipping the FF Mineral Rock Dust consignment; it has eventually arrived after waiting in anticipation. We have already applied it to the grow-areas two weeks ago, and the farm staff tells me that there is already a difference and the plants are flourishing better than before, and they are very proud of them.

We have grown and tested quite a variety of plants, and we are confident we can grow anything for what our local markets dictate.

I hope to get a least one or more commercial farms built before the end of this year (2013), and remember my business is your business. Things have never been so positive, I think, as mentioned earlier, because the Portable Farm is in place and undoubtedly and visibly producing unmatched food products in the market.
To Phyllis, I must say, you did very well during your presentation at the inventor’s forum, I was proud to watch it on video from the net. Could I please have a copy of that presentation so that I could tailor make it for our use, because very soon I’ll be asked to make presentations as more people apply for funding to finance their own Portable Farms projects.

Our Farm is called AquaFarm (PFAS).

Thank you so much my friends, and may God Bless you for ever!
J.T. Mapoka Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Country License Holder in the Country of Botswana, Africa


What Makes Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Different?

What Makes Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Different? 
– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Aquaponics can be traced back over 4,700 years to an area located in present-day China. The technology has been in use for a very long time. The older systems were referred to as pass-through or as one time water-use systems. This means the input water passes through the system in a series of steps to help in the production of meat, vegetables, fish and cleaner output water.

 

Modern aquaponics tend to be closed loop systems where the water is recycled throughout the system. Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems uses a ‘closed loop system’ similar to modern day hydroponics. The water is used to remove the waste from the fish tanks, deliver the nutrients (less the fish-waste solids) to the plants and then return the water which is now stripped of nutrients and re-oxygenated back to the fish tanks. The PFAS is different in several respects from most other aquaponics systems now in use.

In the 45 year design phase of the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems , the major parameters were to have a system that was easy to operate and very nearly indestructible. To achieve this dual goal the design required an overlay of software on the existing technology.


The best way to understand how this was accomplished is to use a computer or smart phone as an example. The hardware components of these devices are very similar and can be manufactured by a wide variety of companies. The differences between the different brands or models lie in the software used to operate the equipment. The software is designed to take advantage of the hardware and be flexible enough to accept apps or programs in order to add functionality to the device itself.

The Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems is designed exactly the same way. The basic technology of aquaponics is a commodity or open-sourced material where anyone can actually build an aquaponics system using information gathered from the Internet and materials gathered locally. The difference is that the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems is the software package that makes the collection of components operate at peak efficiency and is also flexible enough to allow for changes due to environmental conditions, crops differences and emergencies.

There is no single point of failure in a commercial Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems installation. This huge safety factor is achieved because each Module is a stand-alone system with two separate points of failure, neither of which is critical to the health of the fish or plants for up to twelve hours. IF a single Module were to fail, it will not in any way jeopardize the entire installation. If a single Module fails in a Commercial Installation it represents less than 5% of the output of that installation. A computerized warning system can be installed to notify one or more people of any impending or actual failures that may occur.

This technology analogy is the best and probably the only way to explain the enormous advantage that Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems  has over other aquaponics systems. This is especially true when compared to the raft systems which consume many times as much water and electrical power than medium-based systems (we use gravel). Most raft systems have a single-system-wide point of failure which is an electrical pump that is running at all times. When/if this pump fails, the system immediately puts the fish at risk and very quickly the fish will die. The best software in the world cannot workaround this design flaw.

  • For commercial installations our PFAS LLC engineers are onsite to oversee the initial setup and to train the local crew(s) on how to properly assemble and operate the system. 

Aquaponics makes controlled environment growing more than a feasible addition to the food supply. It makes feeding a growing middle class a lucrative and rewarding investment. The Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems is the most advanced, best producing, least energy intensive aquaponics system in the world. Start yours today. 


Zucchini Grow WELL in Portable Farms

Zucchini! OH YUM. You can cook almost anything with zucchini and they are EASY to grow year round in a Portable Farms Aquaponics System! Generally, zucchini are grown during the summer (May to August in the Northern Hemisphere). Zucchini is a small summer squash (a vegetable) that looks like a cucumber but has yellow flesh inside after you peel off its think dark-green skin.

Zucchini production from a single full size 1.5m x 12m (18m2) Grow Tray in a Portable Farms Aquaponics System :

  • Each Grow Tray can hold 120 plants (50cm x 30cm centers) and be planted three to four times per year
  • Production is normally over a 20 to 35 day period
  • Because the plants are very small when initially planted there is a two to three month growing period before harvest
  • Staking or trellising may be required and can be installed permanently
  • Zucchini yield is between 1.5 and 4k per plant depending on variety
  • Yield per plant is 12 to 17 zucchini per plant depending on variety
  • No pesticides, fungicides or artificial fertilizers are ever used
  • Zucchini can be harvested and used the same day for peak flavor and texture
  • Yields 660 lbs to 1,760 lbs [300 to 800kg] every four months
  • Yield 1,980 lbs to 5,300lbs [900 to 2400kg] per year
  • 68lbs [31kg] per week
  • 10lbs [4.5kg] per day

Using the lowest yield with the shortest harvest season and three crops per space per year the Return On Investment will be approximately 1.1 years [68 lbs [31kg] x 52 weeks = 3,536 lbs [1,612kg] of zucchini per year per module] and priced at $1.00 per pound]. In most cases this production number will be much higher and will continue to rise as the operators become more skilled and the system matures.

Labor costs are higher than with lettuce because of the pruning, training and harvesting of peppers. This is true for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and any plant that requires extra time after planting. Lettuces does not, plant it and then a few weeks later harvest it and plant the same place again. One person can operate a 10,000 sq ft PFAS if they are only growing lettuce. With other bush or vine crops two to four additional personnel are required.

Please note: The above numbers are based on the lowest expected yields from field grown crops, use the shortest possible harvest time plus the longest time from transplant to finish harvest. In other words, the lowest possible output from the Module for this crop is shown. The actual output from each Module can and probably will be from two to four times as high resulting in a much shorter ROI.

Our Aquaponic’s Course is Fast, Fun, and Easy – JOIN THE PORTABLE FARMS FAMILY

Our Aquaponic’s Course is Fast, Fun, and Easy – JOIN THE PORTABLE FARMS FAMILY

– by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Feed 2 or 200 

The more Grow Tables you build, the more food you can grow and the more people you can feed.

Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems (patent pending)

A small back yard Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

A small back yard Portable Farms Aquaponics System.

Aquaponics is easier and more productive than organic gardening or traditional agriculture and uses 95% less water. Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems also use less electricity and less labor than any other aquaponics system in the world.


To view photos of food commonly grow in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems: 
CLICK HERE.

If you’re interested in owning your own aquaponics system, your first goal is to select the size aquaponics system you’d like to operate for your own unique purposes. We always suggest to our customers that they learn how to successfully operate an aquaponics system and if it fits their needs THEN expand to multiple aquaponics modules (the sky’s the limit).

There are literally thousands of websites that can show you how to set up a small workable open-source backyard hobby-aquaponics systems without paying for the information. For those who are not able to purchase our systems, we suggest you START TODAY by working with online/open source information so you can learn about aquaponics and build your own farm. We also suggest you visit online aquaponics forums so you can ask questions you may have from other aquaponics enthusiasts. 

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Would you like a few aquaponics modules (each module feeds 8 people) so you can begin to sell the food you grow and then expand? If so, then take the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Course© and learn  everything there is to know about aquaponics and begin to build modules.

Or, are you interested in the commercial side of aquaponics that raises and sells vegetables and fish to local markets in your area? You can begin at the top and install multi-acre commercial systems by taking the Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems Course©.


The future of food production involves growing food in a controlled-environment greenhouse. By growing food in greenhouses, growers are no longer dependent on weather conditions (think climate change), and they can grow food year round, in any climate, and the grower doesn’t need to use harsh chemicals or pesticides to protect their plants.

A completed Portable Farms® Aquaponics System before the plants or the fish have been installed.

A completed Portable Farms® Aquaponics System before the seedlings or the small fish have been installed.

40 days after the fish and plants have been installed in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

40 days after the seedlings and the small fish have been installed in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.

 


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The next step up is almost too easy; yes, you can sell the food you grow. The desire to ‘sell the excess’ is almost too good to pass up. Your neighbors and friends will be delighted to receive your excess bounty for free and a few of them will offer to pay for it. TAKE THE MONEY. It is your reward for being smart and focused on your business. Building a larger installation to house two or more Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems’ Modules makes the adventure into a real commercial aquaponics business. Starting with about twice as much money as noted above, a person can become a millionaire is less than ten years.

  To view photos of food commonly grow in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems:  CLICK HERE.


Deep Fried Beer Batter Tilapia Recipe

Deep Fried Beer Batter Tilapia Recipe

from Phyllis Davis’ Cookbook, 10 Tantalizing Tilapia Recipes to Titillate Your Tastebuds©

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Ingredients:

tilapia in pan8 to 10 Tilapia Fillets (4 to 6 ounces each) cut into 2 inch strips

8 Tablespoons of lemon or lime juice (freshly squeezed juice works better than concentrate)

½  Cup chopped parsley

6 Tablespoons olive oil

¼ Teaspoon salt

¼ Teaspoon pepper

1 Cup oil for deep frying.

Beer Batter Ingredients:

beer

3 large egg yolks

½ Cup beer

 ¾ Cup flour

½ Tablespoon salt

½ Tablespoon baking powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions:

tilapia fried1) Cut Tilapia fillets into 2 inches strips (the more even and uniform they are, the nicer the presentation, and the strips will also cook uniformly).

2) Put all the Tilapia strips in a bowl with the lemon or lime juice, parsley, olive oil, and add salt and pepper.

3) In another bowl, mix egg yolks and beer and add flour, salt and baking powder   and mix until smooth with no lumps in the batter.

3) Begin to heat oil for deep frying.

4) Dip pieces of fish, individually, into the beer batter, and then lay or drop them into medium hot oil.

5) Again, cook over medium heat. Turn the fish strips over after three minutes or until golden brown all over. Cook 3 minutes on each side. If you make the oil too hot, it will smoke, and your beer batter will cook before your fish cooks.

6) Drain strips well and serve hot.

Serve with french fries or baked potato wedges, corn on the cob, baked beans, garlic bread,  tarter sauce, lemon wedges. Serve cherry or apple pie for dessert.

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