How to Tell if Fish is Fresh

I’ve never owned a lot of exotic skin. Wait. That sounds bizarre. Like Silence of the Lambs strange or Fifty Shades of Gray eccentric. But it’s true. I did have an ostrich handbag once—a handbag that thinking back makes me wonder whatever happened to it? I bought it at an estate sale, at the time, not even knowing what it was. But, besides that one handbag, I’ve never owned anything else. No snakeskin boots. No crocodile clutch. Nada. Truth be known, I find the practice of killing animals just for their skin appalling. But. After seeing some of the gorgeous skin on Alaskan salmon, I’ve started to think that a salmon clutch would be divine. Am I wrong? I wonder what a seamstress would think if I saved the skin and brought it her … yea. I know. She’d think I was crazy but I’m telling you, if beauty is only skin deep, then Alaskan salmon hold the candle.

Moving on … here are four short and simple tips for picking out a fresh and great-tasting fish from your local market:

  1. Skin should reflect light and seem almost metallic—think fairy dust
  2. Smell should be faint—believe it or not, fish doesn’t stink
  3. Eyes should be bright and clear, not cloudy—I mean duh
  4. Flesh should recoil when you press on it—but don’t press so hard you stick your finger through, just a light touch—and it should be somewhat translucent

Now there’s plenty of other things you can look for, but if you keep it simple and just concentrate on these four things, you’re sure to bring home the bacon, I mean the fish; the good fish at that.

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So this little blog is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. Here you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—like where to find the best seafood (and riverfish) in the Midwest. And some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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