How to Store, Handle and Thaw Seafood
How to Avoid Stale Seafood
No matter what fish you prefer buying, frozen of fresh, as the quality really matters. You will simplify the process of choosing high-quality seafood by following those simple steps.
- Visit only trustworthy stores and restaurants to buy fresh fish.
- If you have gone to the supermarket to buy not only fish but also other products, seafood is the last to be purchased to keep it frozen.
- Qualitative fresh seafood smells fresh; if seafood has a fishy, unpleasant smell, don't buy it.
- Fish fillets shouldn't be dry and meat should be firm and shouldn't crumple.
- Don't buy seafood in packs with ice crystals and some thawed juice. This means that fish after being packed and being frozen for the first time has been kept in a worm place.
- Packs shouldn't be dirty, tore or open
- Don't buy fish in packages kept above the frost line in a shop.
How to store and handle seafood
- Place fresh fish in the coolest part of the fridge immediately (it is often the lowest part or the area near the wall).
- Frozen fish is obviously kept in the freezer
- Fish should be always marinaded in the fridge. Get rid of marinade if there are some raw fish juices. Cooked fish should be served on a tidy plate.
- After preparing fish for cooking, wash utensils, cutting boards and your hands thoroughly.
- Any remains of fish should be kept in the fridge for less than 2 hours.