When buying seafood and fish, it is possible to find them fresh or frozen. But is the frozen seafood as good as fresh? Well, with the technological advances, today it is possible to immediately process and freeze fresh catches, usually right on the fishing vessel. The process of flash-freezing is employed, in which the water contained inside the food items is subjected to very low temperatures (below its melting/freezing point), causing water inside the foods to freeze in a very short period of time. Therefore, frozen seafood can even be superior in quality to fresh seafood products.
So, if you leave in a place where you cannot easily find a fresh seafood seller, to buy frozen seafood and fish is a good option. Personally I buy frozen fish and seafood for practical reasons, if I spontaneously decide to prepare a seafood recipe, I always have something in my freezer, I don´t have to worry go shopping.
Frozen or fresh you should pay attention to some aspects when buying seafood. Below you can see some tips on how select fish or seafood.
The first aspect you should consider when buying fresh fish or seafood has to do with the seafood seller/store. Pay attention to the cleanliness, appearance and smell (strong fishy odor is a sign of spoilage) of the local. As general rule, fresh fish and seafood should be storage at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, which can be kept by refrigeration or ice.
Besides of that when selecting fresh fish or seafood pay attention to the following characteristics that indicate the freshness of the product, in order to safely enjoy their fine taste and good nutrition.
Fresh Fish Guidelines:
Fresh Shellfish Guidelines:
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