Fish, a basic food for nutrition
Fish is one of the most recommended foods for a balanced and healthy diet. The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) advises consuming it at least three times a week, as it provides quality proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. But not everything works: we need to choose the fish we buy well, and make sure it’s fresh and in good condition.
How to tell if the fish is fresh: 5 details you can’t ignore
To enjoy the flavor and benefits of fish, it is essential that it is fresh. But how can we know? According to Gastrolab España, there are some signs that can guide us when buying fish or seafood. Here are the five details you need to consider:
The skin of fresh fish should be bright and iridescent, without any spots or loss of pigmentation. If you see a fish with dull, dull skin, it’s best to discard it. The skin is like the first indicator of the freshness of the fish.
The eyes of fresh fish should be clean, bright and with a black pupil. If you find sunken, gray or milky eyes, it is a clear sign that the fish has lost its freshness and is not at its best. The eyes are like the mirror of the fish’s soul.
The flesh of fresh fish is firm, translucent, elastic and has a smooth surface. It should not look flabby, dull or rough. Touch it a little and trust your gut, if it feels like it’s about to collapse, it’s better to look for another option. The meat is like the testimony of the quality of the fish.
The smell of fresh fish should be soft and pleasant, mentally transporting you to the waves of the sea. If the smell is too strong or unpleasant, it is likely that the fish is rotting. The smell is like the perfume of fish.
The scales should completely cover the flesh of the fish. If you notice areas without scales, it could be an indication that it is not as fresh as it should be. The scales are like the protection of the fish.
Tips for keeping fresh fish
Once we have chosen the fresh fish, we must take care of its preservation. Health authorities recommend not keeping fresh fish in the fridge for more than two days, and on hot days, it’s best to enjoy it the same day you buy it. If your fish or seafood has been out of the fridge for more than 48 hours, you better think twice before preparing it. You can also freeze fresh fish if you are not going to use it soon, but keep in mind that it may lose some of its flavor and texture.
These details will not only ensure a tastier culinary experience, but will also help you maintain a healthy diet. Good fishing!