Cooking Foods Italian Recipes – How to Recognize if a Fish is Fresh

 

Cooking Foods Italian Recipes – How to Recognize if a Fish is Fresh

 

 

 

I inform you that in this post there are bloody photos related to the preparation, if you are sensitive to blood please stop here

There are few steps to do in order to recognize if a fish is fresh. I am going to show you which are the main things where you have to look. Even if the pictures are of a fresh red “pagello”  the following apply for almost every kind of fish. I did my best shooting many pictures but keep in mind that there is a slight difference in color contrast.

 

 

 

how to recognize a fresh fish

how to recognize a fresh fish

 

These in the pictures are truly fresh “pagelli”

Step 1: the fresh fish has a pleasant odor of fish and nothing else, it has not bad smell.

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Fish 2

 

Step 2: the body is hard due to “rigor mortis” for almost two hours after the fish has died; still the body remain firm and stiff for hours: this is upon the temperature of the fridge used to store it. A fresh fish skin is luster and if you press firmly the skin with your finger no hollow print should remain.

 

 

Fresh Fish 3

 

Step 3: the belly of a fresh fish is it firm and compact: no swollen belly is observed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Fish 4

 

step 4: if opened the gills of a fresh fish they are pink/red and not  purple/red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Fish 5

 

 

Step 5: the eyes of a fresh fish are crystalline and transparent.

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Fish 6

 

Step 6: the scales are firm on the skin and hard to remove, underneath the skin remain luster and compact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Fish 7

 

Step 7: when you cut open the belly there is no bad smell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Fish 8

 

Step 8: the inside organs are not swollen but healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking Foods Italian Recipes – How to Recognize if a Fish is Fresh

 

 

 

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