Friday, March 9, 2007

How to Choose Fresh Fish - It's Healthy for You!

Fish Picture courtesy of This Site

From Good Food/Good Health

BE CHOOSY - Buy only from reputable dealers with clean facilities. Ask if their seafood is certified by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference.

USE YOUR NOSE - Don't accept seafood with a fishy or ammonia-like smell.

USE YOUR EYES - Look for fish with shiny moist skin and clear unsunken eyes. The flesh should spring back after it is depressed.

HEED ADVISORIES - If you fish, check with your local public health department or fish and wildlife commission to see if any advisories affect your spots.

KEEP FISH COLD - If kept cold enough, lean fish will hold in your refrigerator for two to three days. Oilier fish will keep for up to two days. Test your refrigerator to make sure that it is 32 degrees F. or store fish on ice.

KEEP FISH CLEAN - Handle raw seafood separately from cooked foods or foods that will undergo no further heating. Thoroughly wash any utensils that come into contact with raw seafood.


Anonymous said...

Hi Esther!
I love your site. I just wanted to comment by saying - you're right about the fish. Another thing you can use your nose for is ... what does the fish dept. smell like? If it smells fishy ... then it's not a good place to shop. Fish are supposed to smell like the ocean - fresh!

Esther said...

Good tip Anonymous! Mahalo. I'm glad you like this blog :-)