Knowing What to Look for When Shopping for Salmon

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The days of "meat & potatoes" as a heavily recurring dinner theme are over and done with: these days people want lighter, tastier, and generally healthy dining alternatives that can be had without too much cost or work. In this gradual evolution of our dieting habits, many people have turned towards seafood as a good alternative; This growing preference for fish and other types of seafood is a good thing, although it is important for people to understand that not all types of seafood offer the same health (not to mention flavor) benefits. To really get the best from the oceans, it is necessary to turn to the wild, uncontaminated products of the Alaska seafood industry, such as Alaska salmon. Knowing the basic points of a salmon buyer's guide will help you and those in your family to recognize and further appreciate the many perks this exceptional food product has to offer.

The first and most important lesson to garner from any salmon buyer's guide has to do with freshness: that's what you want, that's what you need, and that's what you should buy. When buying packaged salmon, check the "consume by" date on the sticker (if there is not one, go somewhere else!); If you're buying unpackaged salmon, then ask the person behind the counter when it was brought in (do not go for anything that has been sitting for more than two days or so, especially if there is a scarcity of ice around the fish !). Generally speaking, you want to see a nice sheen and brilliance to the fish, and you want to see firm, glossy eyes-not deflated, baggy, clouded eyes-that does not give too much to the touch. If you can smell too much fishy smell, that is definitely a bad sign and you should go elsewhere.

Fortunately, when buying wild Alaska salmon you're almost always guaranteed a perfect buy, so one of the most important points of any salmon buyer's guide is to look and see where the fish has come from. If it comes from Alaska's icy Pacific waters, then you know a few things about it: first and foremost, it is a wild catch that has naturally no toxins in it (in contrast with farm fish, including salmon); Secondly, you know that the salmon has been harvested following a sustainable method that puts the future of seafood stocks above the profits to be had from them; and finally, you know you are getting the most flavorful, firmest-texture salmon (or other seafood) that the planet's oceans have to offer. Those should be the top priorities of anyone shopping for salmon or other species, anywhere!

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Source by Allie Moxley

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