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Fresh vs. Frozen Fish

Do You Buy Frozen Fish?

The economic recession has changed America's consumer behavior not only in the realm of dining out, but also when it comes to cooking and eating at home. One way to cut costs would be to purchase packs of frozen fish, rather than splurging on those pricier, ready-to-cook fillets available at your seafood counter. Discerning pescaphiles will throw up their hands in opposition ("I never buy frozen fish!" Katie exclaimed), but it's one way to enjoy seafood on a shoestring. When, if ever, do you buy frozen fish?

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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
I usually buy frozen but I NEVER buy salmon. My dad is an avid fisherman so he has an extra freezer full of vacuum-packed salmon and spring chinook.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
It's true that most fish that gets to the store has been frozen at some point — but for some reason, the stuff that's been thawed out and is glistening behind the counter just tastes a world better than the fish fillets that home cooks have to defrost themselves. Why is that? I'm going to have to ask my fishmonger.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
Most frozen fish is flash frozen right after it is caught...no chance for it to spoil....when thawed, it is actually fresher than the fish that has sat on ice for several days before getting to market.
gingirl gingirl 5 years
Yea, I recently moved to the Midwest as well . Where I used to live previously, fresh fish was very easy to get and there was quite a bit of variety because I lived near the ocean. But out here? Frozen is the way to go. I just don't trust the quality of any fresh fish out here (like fuzzles said, it was probably frozen at some point anyway).
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I live in the Midwest and I hate smelt, one of the few fishes I can get fresh.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
Yeah... I live in Kansas, so...
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
I've also never bought anything "ready to cook" from either a fish counter, a fish market, or fishmonger...when I buy fresh (or live!) it obviously has to be whole (which ordinarily works out cheaper than even frozen)
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
Yes! I always have, and not necessarily because of the price (i actually tend to find fresh fish is cheaper here). First, since I've lived in central america and southern africa; the fresh fish there is of such phenomenal quality, that honestly, i wouldn't bother buying fresh fish now that i'm in europe. Additionally, buying frozen allows me to better determine the provenance of my fish, you get a consisted product and more of it is sourced from aquaculture which is sustainable.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
When living in the Boston area, nevah! But back in the Midwest, the choices are very limited when it comes to buying fresh ocean seafood. Even if it is displayed in the fresh meat case at the grocery, you can almost be certain that it has been frozen at some point due to transport issues. In these parts, it pays to be a good fresh water angler, or to know someone that is. :feedme:
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