Fish is often seen as a daunting thing by home cooks. But it’s well worth making an effort to buy fresh fish and stepping out of your comfort zone. Not only is it delicious and super quick to cook, clinical trials have shown that the old wives tale that fish is good brain food is absolutely right.
So our fresh fish delivery company has put together a few tips covering the basics and included some specific pointers to encourage you to try something new and help ensure you get the best fresh fish around.
Freshness is the most important consideration when buying fish. And one of the simplest ways to find out is to ask the vendor what their freshest fish is. With the local fishery around New Zealand, the range available is seasonal and often varies from week to week so ask around to find out what is fresh and local.
Looking at fresh fish through a glass case and pointing to what you want is hit-or-miss. To choose fresh fish you need to see it close-up, touch it and smell it. You can tell if fish is fresh by its smell. It should definitely smell fresh like the sea, salty air and a hint of seaweed.
The skin of fresh fish will be bright and glossy or the flesh translucent. If you’re buying a whole fish, look for bright clear eyes and glossy unbroken skin. Avoid cloudy or “milky” sunken eyes and dull or slimy skin – it’s probably a fish past its prime.
If possible, touch the flesh of the fish; it should have some ‘bounce’. If an indentation from your finger remains, choose something else.
If you are looking to buy fresh shellfish, the shells should be tightly closed. If one is slightly ajar, tap on it and it should close.
Seafood should be kept cold at all times, so to keep fish fresh once you have purchased it, chill it to as close to 0°C as possible using ice packs and a chiller bag to transport your seafood home. Once home, unwrap your seafood as quickly as possible and put it in an airtight container. Don’t leave it wrapped in a plastic bag or paper – and store it in the coldest part of the fridge for a maximum of 2-3 days.
If you doubt your ability to distinguish fresh fish from a fishy bargain, or you just don’t have the time to source the best yourself, fresh fish delivery like the fish boxes from Freshcatch are an ideal solution. It’s the perfect opportunity to get excited about New Zealand seafood.