Handling, Storing, Thawing
Buying Seafood
Whether fresh or frozen for your convenience, choosing high quality fish is easy, if you follow these simple guidelines:

Fresh Products
 Buy seafood from reputable retailers and restaurants.
 When shopping, make the supermarket your last stop and always keep the seafood cold.
 High quality fresh or thawed fish has a fresh smell. Avoid fish with a strong, fishy odor.
 Scales should be shiny and cling tightly to the skin.
 Steaks and fillets should be moist with no drying around the edges. The flesh should be firm
 and spring back when pressed.

Frozen Products
 Avoid packages with ice crystals, freezer burn (i.e. discoloration or drying) and signs of thawed
 juices. These indicate that the package has become warm after it was initially frozen.
 Packages should be clean and tightly sealed.
 Packages that are above the frost line in a store freezer should be avoided.

Storing and Handling Seafood
 Upon returning home from the supermarket, fresh seafood should be placed immediately in the
 coldest part of your refrigerator (usually the lowest shelf at the back or in the meat drawer).
 Frozen seafood should go directly in the freezer.
 Always marinate seafood in the refrigerator. Discard used marinade since it contains raw fish
 juices. Serve cooked seafood on a clean platter.
 After handling raw seafood, thoroughly wash knives, cutting surfaces, sponges and your hands
 with hot soapy water.
 Store any leftovers in the refrigerator within two hours of cooking.

Cooking Frozen Seafood

Frozen seafood can be conveniently cooked without thawing. Go to the “Cook it Frozen” (www.cookitfrozen.com) website for specific directions and cooking times.

If you prefer to thaw your seafood, remove desired number of portions from package. Place in covered container in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Fish can also be thawed in the microwave on the defrost setting. Do not thaw at room temperature. Do not thaw seafood in its original sealed package. Do not refreeze fish once it has been thawed.

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