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Fish Gutting and Handling

Fish that are caught for eating must be handled carefully. Fish must be stunned and killed as soon as possible after capture. Bleed the fish right after you catch it so it stays fresh until you serve it. Fast and humane handling ensures that the fish does not suffer unnecessarily. Following these steps makes the fish meat tastier and helps the meat to stay fresh for longer.

Fish is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. The fat in fish is also healthy because it is high in omega-3 fatty acids. The protein content of fish is high in terms of calories and fish is an excellent part of a healthy diet.

Store Fish in Cold!

Fresh fish is a perishable food, so special attention must be paid to the proper handling and preservation of fish. Fish will stay fresh longer if you store fresh caught fish in the cold. Fish stays fresh for approximately 2-7 days when stored in ice and as a file for 2-4 days. Keep the fish in a refrigerator for no more than two days before eating it

How to Tell if Fish is Fresh?

  • Mild fresh scent. Odor may vary somewhat in different species
  • Skin is unharmed and colors are bright. Skin is shiny.
  • Moist flesh and bouncy texture of the meat. You should be able to press down, but your fingerprint should not remain.
  • Bright bulging eyes.
  • Bright and clean red / pink gills.

Handling Fish.. It’s Easier than You Think

Gutting and further processing of a fish means that the fish is scaled or skinned and gutted. After this fish is cut into pieces or fillet. Scaling whole fish is usually necessary when the fish is prepared by frying. Fish that are commonly skinned are Eel (Anguilla anguilla) and Burbot (Lota lota). Skinning a perch is also an easy task. Skinning the fish should be considered because the skin of the fish contains fine flavors. The fish’s head, backbone, fins and intestines are packed in nutrients.

Quick rinsing of the fish during gutting in clean, running water is an advantage for the quality of the fish. When filleting, washing is usually unnecessary.

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