How to recognize fresh fish
Often when I go shopping I find myself in front of the fish counter, surrounded by those little eyes that seem to stare at me, undecided about what is best to choose. But above all, the question arises: will it really be fresh?
Having got used to having to satisfy a bit of everyone in my family and in particular the countless requests of my father, who doesn’t even want to taste the fish unless it has just been caught, I have learnt to recognise certain details that prove the actual freshness of the fish.
- First of all, if the fish is really fresh, its eyes are bright and shiny, whereas they are misty and pale if it is not.
- Another clue is the firmness of the flesh. If the fish is left in the ice for a long time, it becomes cold and soft to the touch.
- Finally, look at the red colour of the gills. The gills may have been coloured with blood, so touch them with a finger and bring them to your nose: the smell will tell you.
I hope I have been helpful to people like me who have to deal with a pain in the neck in the family… but let’s face it, what would we do without him?