Living in the Midwest, I'm always wary of buying "Fresh" fish from the fish counter. I mean, let's be real. How fresh can it really be by the time it gets to Kansas?
I much prefer the frozen vacuum-sealed fish portions. They are processed right away (sometimes right on board the boat!) so to me that is the freshest way to buy fish, at least in the non-coastal areas.
Any thoughts/comments from other midwesterners?
P.S. The lady who works the fish counter at one of my grocery stores told me on the last date of sale (or thereabouts) for fish they either steam it and sell it cooked or wrap it and put it in the freezer case!
P.S.S. One other nightmare...at one grocery, I was checking out the vacuum-packed frozen fish. They were all thawed out but still in the freezer case. I went to the counter and brought it to the attention of the manager of the seafood department. He pointed to the lobster tank which was directly in front of the frozen fish display and said "I don't know why they keep moving that lobster tank over here." Apparently it had happened before and they just let the fish re-freeze! Yuck!
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