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How to choose fresh fish

Choosing to include fish in your diet can be a great idea. But knowing how to select fresh fish in the grocery store can be a little difficult.

How to choose fresh fish

Today I’m going to show you a few tips on what to look for to buy good quality, fresh fish. if you can, try to buy your fish from a store or market that has someone working in the fish section like a fish monger or a seafood specialist. They’re there to answer any questions you may have about the fish and they can also provide you services to clean the fish, remove the skin, they can filet it and remove the tiny pin bones. That’s usually a free service, or they might charge you a small fee but it’s definitely worth asking to save you a lot of headache and mess at home.
It is always a good idea to inspect the fish yourself before buying it to make sure that it is fresh. And not every grocery store has a fishmonger, so it is important to know what you are looking for when buying a fish. Use your senses. First, you want to smell the fish now not all fish you’re going to buy is going to be exposed and whole like this, most probably in a package with plastic. So you should be able to smell through that, It should smell fresh, it should smell like the lake or the ocean. If it has a very stinky very strong fish odor, then it’s probably starting to go bad and you shouldn’t buy it.

Next you want to use your sense of touch, so poke the fish if it’s nice and firm and if it bounces back that’s a good sign of a good quality fresh fish. If it leaves a dent and it’s kind of soft and mushy, then again it’s probably a fish that’s getting old and you shouldn’t buy it. Now when you’re buying whole fish, there a few visual signs you want to look for. First, for the eyes they should be raised up off the head, and they should be really nice and clear, that’s a great sign of a fresh fish. If there eyes are a little cloudy, a little murky or even sunken in the head, then again that’s a fish that’s getting a little old. Next the gills, they should be vibrant red, really nice and fresh- like this. If the gills are a little brown, a little dull or grey, not a good sign it’s getting old. If they’re missing, then that’s not a good sign. They’ve been removed for a reason, probably been old and it’s not a good fish.
Lastly the skin of the fish should be moist and shiny from the natural slime of a fresh fish. If you see any dark spots or dry edges on the skin you should avoid buying it. Remember, fresh fish doesn't last long at home, even if it’s kept in the refrigerator. Try to cook it within two days or you can also freeze it and that should last for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to cook it.