Are you a fish lover? If yes, picking out really fresh fish is important to whether your fish recipes are a must have dish or a flop.
But how do you pick the freshest fish on the market? Hearn Kirkwood is here to provide you vital tips on picking healthy and fresh fish.
One way to buy fresh fish is reading the labels. The freshest fish are usually the ones labeled wild caught, especially with salmon. For example if it says pacific wild halibut, it should be fresh. Avoid labels that say natural, Atlantic, or farmed.
Use your sense of smell. You can never go wrong with a sniff test. Old fish normally smells abnormally smelly. You can do the sniff test through packaging or ask the butcher to smell the fish for you.
Next check the date. Do not only look at the sell by date. Instead, look at the actual date it was packed and set out for sale. The freshest fish are the ones put out that day or close to that date. If your fish is not packaged, ask the butcher when did it arrive.
Thirdly, judge a fish by its cover. If you see brown edge or cracked and dry looking flesh, do not buy it. This indicates the fresh was frozen and defrosted. Fresh fish has a very smooth and glossy finish. Avoid buying fish that says previously frozen, this usually means the fish was part of last years fish. Most markets have big sales on fish like salmon to empty out their freezers.
Last but not least, eat your fresh fish. All you will need is a little butter and lemon for a delectable and delightful dish. You can Bake, broil, or BBQ your fish.
For a great selection of nutritious and fresh foods, shop at Hearn Kirkwood, contact Hearn Kirkwood by calling 410.712.6000 (Baltimore), 301.621.2992 (Washington DC), or visit our website!
Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. Since our founding in 1946, we have grown from a store front on the downtown Baltimore Produce Market to a 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Hearn Kirkwood purchases 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.
Hearn Kirkwood currently operates a fleet of 33 refrigerated trucks. Our service area includes all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Northern Virginia – with limited service to Fredericksburg, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.