How to buy fresh fish safely

Fish is a great source of protein. Fish is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids which are thought to reduce the risk of a heart attack. Buying fresh fish can be a bad experience if you don’t know what to look for. Follow these guidelines and your family will enjoy a delicious and healthy dinner.

  1. Smell it—if the fish has an odor, put it back. Fresh fish don’t smell.
  1. Check the fish over. Pay special attention to the eyes and gills. If the eyes are not clear–if they have a film over them–put the fish back. Look at the gills, they should be deep red if they are fresh or have been “fresh frozen”. Fish should have a bright, clean appearance and colors should be vibrant. Red snapper,for example, should be bright red. If you are buying a whole fish, the skin and the scales should be unbroken. The skin should be moist, firm and elastic to the touch. If the fish does not bounce back when you press it with your fingers, it is not fresh.
  2. If you are purchasing a filet, run your hand across it. If the flesh comes off, the fish has been around for a while–look for another.
  3. The freshest fish available to you will be those from the waters closest to you–remember this when you have a choice to make between fish.
  4. Eat your fresh seafood within 48 hours of purchase. Remember to keep your fish on ice in the refregerator and as cold as possible–withour freezing it–unti lyou are ready to cook it.

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