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11 Tips For Storing Seafood At Home

The Sydney Seafood School show you how to keep seafood fresh.

Refrigerating

 Scale, clean, and gut fish. Place on a plate or tray or in a lidded container, cover with a damp cloth and then with plastic wrap or the lid. Store in the coldest part of the fridge and use within 2 - 3 days.

 Clean and rinse Squid, Cuttlefish and Octopus. Place on a plate or tray or in a lidded container, cover with a damp cloth and then with plastic wrap or the lid. Store in the coldest part of the fridge and use within 2 - 3 days.

 Dead crustaceans (such as Prawns) should be consumed as soon as possible after purchase. Refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap, on a plate or tray or in a covered container in the coldest part of the fridge.

 Live crustaceans (such as Crabs) should be consumed as soon as possible after purchase. Keep in a cool place with a damp cloth over the container ensuring that the cloth remains damp.

, Live molluscs (such as Mussels) should be consumed as soon as possible after purchase. Place in a container, cover with a damp cloth and keep in the warmest part of the refrigerator, usually the crisper (optimum 5°C), ensuring that the cloth remains damp. Before cooking discard any shells that are open and don’t close when tapped or gently squeezed.

Freezing

 Scale, gut, gill and wipe out all fish before freezing. Place in an airtight freezer bag, extract as much air as possible, label and date.

 Whole non-oily fish can be frozen for up to 6 months at -18C or less.*

 Whole oily fish, and all fish fillets, steaks and cutlets can be frozen for up to 3 months at -18C or less.*

 Meat from molluscs (such as Squid and Mussels) can be frozen for up to 3 months at -18C or less.* Gut and clean Squid, Cuttlefish and Octopus or remove meat from shells. Place in an airtight freezer bag, extract as much air as possible, label and date.

 Crustaceans can be frozen for up to 3 months at -18C or less.* Place crustaceans (other than Prawns) in an airtight freezer bag, extract as much air as possible, label and date.

 Place unpeeled Prawns in a plastic container appropriate to the volume of Prawns. Cover with water, seal and freeze. This forms a large iceblock, which insulates the Prawns. Do not add salt as it draws out the moisture. Label, date and freeze as above.

* Note: many domestic freezers do not get as low as -18ºC, if in doubt check.

program of classes and latest FISHline News can be viewed at www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au. Classes can be booked online and gift certificates purchased from the website. Contact Sydney Seafood School on (02) 9004 1111.

 
 

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