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Old 04-11-2007, 08:01 PM   #1
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Do you smell fish when purchasing?

In the forum "todays menu and food talk", I mentioned that I purchased halibut for dinner tonight. I never ask to smell the fish, I just trust that it is fresh, but I dont think I would want lots of people smelling fish before I purchase a piece of fish, germs and all that.

So do you smell it first? I wish I had now because once I got my halibut home, it was rotten I took it back to the store and they gave me double my money back, but I really wanted that fish tonight.

When I was watching Emeril tonight, it was all about fish, and he mentioned how he always smells the fish before purchasing. We dont have fish mongers here, just fish in our grocery stores, and maybe one market dedicated solely to fish.

What do you guys do, smell or not?


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Old 04-11-2007, 08:14 PM   #2
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ALWAYS smell fish before you buy it. Forget about germs and such.

Fish should NOT smell. If it smells like anything, it should smell fresh, like the sea. The eyes, if there, should be clear and not cloudy. Smelly fish is not something you want to bring home.

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Old 04-11-2007, 08:15 PM   #3
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Old 04-11-2007, 08:32 PM   #4
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If you smell fish, it's bad. :D

I just buy frozen. I'm too far from either coast for the fresh to actually be fresh, and I'll only eat the walleye I caught myself in a clean body of water.
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Old 04-11-2007, 09:18 PM   #5
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Yes, smell it. Sometimes, you get the fish smell as you approach the fish counter. To quote Emeril, that's when you turn and go for the lamb.
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Old 04-11-2007, 09:20 PM   #6
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Never buy fish without smelling it.
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:40 AM   #7
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We're really fortunate to live in a part of the UK where there are some very good fish suppliers. In the summer I have walked past a fish counter in the Supermarket and thought 'move faster' that fish really smells
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:25 AM   #9
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And if they look at you even a bit funny about it go to another store.
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:35 AM   #10
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Yes, always! I also smell the meat and smell the bags of potatoes. It's funny the things we learn!

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