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Tips To Identify Rotten Fish

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If you accidentally eat a rotten fish, then you are guaranteed to suffer from an upset stomach and not only that, intestinal distress, and possible diarrhea also accompany it. A potential trip to the hospital can also not be ruled out. All this for just a rotten fish, how sad! That is why we bring you the tips to identify rotten fish.

 

Smell

 

First of all smell the fish. If it smells bad, the fish is spoiled. Please note that a fresh fish should smell like cucumber or may be like the smell of ocean breeze and nothing else.

 

Look

 

Check out the scales and gills of the fish, especially when you are buying a whole fish. The gills, in case of fish such as trout and salmon, should be bright in color while scales should be shiny. If the fish features dark gills and dull scales, that means it is beginning to rot.

 

Poke

 

Before you buy a fish, don't hesitate to poke it with your finger. A fresh fish's flesh would spring back quickly, just like it happens in a live fish. However, if the fingerprint stays, the fish is old and, thus, inedible.

 

Trust

 

Since fish and meat are most susceptible to rot when kept under unsuitable conditions. Therefore, always purchase a fish directly from a fish-seller or from a store that you trust. Avoid pre-packaged fish because you can never check it for quality or freshness. 

 

Avoid

 

If you are buying fillets or steaks, be more careful to check for mottled or spotted signs. If the fish flesh appears bruised move on. All the fllets or steaks should have uniform color and fresh appearance. Also avoid frozen fish because when frozen, water expands and pushes in the fish flesh, leaving welts.

Fish is best cooked and eaten when fresh. Therefore, next time you go to purchase it, make sure you keep our tips to identify rotten fish handy.

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Tips To Identify Rotten Fish