Our customers, from the Market or Wholesale, always ask us how to identify fresh fish. We call this the Fresh Test, its incredibly easy, just rely on your five senses like you would for a piece of fruit or package of poultry.
Smell – Always ask to smell a piece of fish at a market before purchasing. It should not smell fishy, but almost sea like or no smell at all. If it is fishy smelling, this means the fish is past it’s prime or has been handled wrong.
Look – If buying a whole fish, eyes should be clear and bright with shiny scales and red gills. For clams and mussels, do not use if the shell is broken or if it does not open after cooking.
Feel – Fish should be moist and firm, not slimy or mushy.
Storage – After purchasing fish, put in the coldest part of your refrigerate immediately and cook within two days. If you do not cook it by then, simply put it in the freezer until needed.
Thawing – When thawing fish, run it under cool water in a tupper-ware container. Never re-freeze fish.
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