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Tips To Identify Rotten Salmon

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Eat a rotten salmon and you will be guaranteed a trip to the hospital with an upset stomach or diarrhea. Fish is best eaten when fresh and since it is going to be a little tricky to identify rotten salmon, here are a few tips that you may find helpful:


 


Smell


 


You may think salmon, like all fish, is smelly by nature. But experts tell that a salmon smells like ocean breeze, therefore, it should not be too difficult to distinguish any foul smell to ascertain that you do not end up eating any rotten salmon.


 


Scales


 


In case of Salmon, and few other fishes like trout, the gills should be bright in color while the scales should be shiny if the fish is fresh. However, if it is old, the scales would be dull and gills would be dark in color.


 


Flesh


 


If you are purchasing fresh salmon, a little poke will prove it. If the salmon flesh springs back after being poked with a finger, the fish is fresh. However, if the poking finger leaves an impression inside the flesh, do not purchase that fish or consume it.


 


Fillets


 


In case you are purchasing salmon fillets or have stored some for quite long, do not use them if the fillets appear bruised or spotted.


 


Eyes


 


Check the eyes of salmon (in case purchasing whole fish). If the eyes are clear, the fish is fresh. Rotten salmon will have cloudy eyes.


Buy fresh salmon from trusted vendor to be sure you are eating fresh food. Avoid buying pre-packaged salmon because in that case, you may not be able to ascertain rotten fish until you reach home, in which case, it may be too late.


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