Identifying and buying fresh fish
It can be hard to know if the fish you are about to buy is really fresh and there is a lot of talk lately about how buying frozen fish is actually fresher and while to a certain extent this can be true, it is still possible to get fresh fish which in my opinion is a better option, I think something is lost when you freeze fish.
Here are a few tips to help you when choosing fresh fish
First and obviously, buy from a clean fish shop, although fish shops will naturally smell of fish, the smell should not be overwhelming. Look around you and make sure of the following
There should only be a slight sea smell from the fish, if it smells too fishy, it's not fresh
Fish should be bright and slippery looking in apperance
The white underskin of white fish should look really white, not tinged yellow
The skin should be moist and unbroken
Scales should not come off easily
The eyes should be bright and bulging
The gills should be bright red
The flesh should be firm to touch
Markings should be bright and clear
Although it is not a legal requirement I prefer when the employee wears gloves, many don't and cooking the fish will get rid of any bacteria etc but if you prefer, don't hesitate to ask them to put on gloves, I am sure they have some!
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