How to tell if a fish is fresh

If you aren’t catching a fish yourself, there is no way to know how long it has been sitting behind the counter in the store.  Was it caught yesterday?  Last week?   Here are a few tips and tricks to identifying how fresh a fish truly is.
 

LOOK FOR VIBRANT FLESH

All fish fade as they age.  Look for vibrant flesh without any signs of discoloration such as brown or yellow edges.

SMELL THE FISH

Fresh fish will never smell “fishy”.  The scent should smell fresh like the ocean, with no pungent aromas. 

IF ALLOWED, PRESS THE MEAT WITH YOUR FINGER

On a fresh fish, the flesh should be resilient enough so your indentation disappears.

LOOK FOR FLESH SEPARATION AND GAPS

Fresh fish fillets should be shiny and look wet.  The flesh should not be separating from itself or flaking apart.

LOOK FOR LIQUID ON THE MEAT 

If there is liquid it should be clear, not milky.  Milky liquid on a fillet is the first stage of rot.

FIND AND GET TO KNOW A REPUTABLE VENDOR 

Most landlocked areas such as the Midwest will have two types of fish – thawed or frozen, none of which are truly fresh.  Your best bet is to make friends with an upstanding vendor who sells truly fresh fish, and find out when the new shipments arrive.  You will be rewarded for your extra effort.  


WANT TO FIND TRULY FRESH FISH?

Cleaver’s Market in Sioux Falls flies in truly fresh fish every Tuesday and Thursday.  Come in and check out our selection!  We also take special requests.  Want to know when the fish have arrived?  Sign up for our text messages by texting CLEAVERS to 51660 or follow us on Facebook! 

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