If you go into your local fish market looking to supply yourself with some fish for dinner tonight…smell it before you buy it…if it smells like an anchovies armpit, its safe to say that fish is not fresh and certainly not delicious. Try to find another fish from the green list on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch pocket guide below. If you can’t find any available fish that doesn’t smell gross, put your money away and figure out something else to eat…its seriously not worth spending your money on fish that isn’t fresh, seriously!!

(To download the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Guide for your pocket, click HERE)

In general, use your senses and your judgement, they are your best tools.

If the fish looks pale and sad, its probably not fresh.

If it looks soft and mushy, its probably not fresh.

If it says “Organic” then its probably been swimming in its own shit for its entire life and won’t taste good.

If the people working at the market are not helpful and don’t seem like they care about you or don’t know what they are talking about, find another place to buy fish. Fish mongers should be knowledgable and helpful and if they aren’t, they probably aren’t dealing with good, fresh fish to begin with (and they suck at their job).

Always ask what’s really fresh today. If its a trusted fish market, you’ll be pointed in the right direction.  If your fish monger immediately suggests the most expensive fish and it fails your judgement and senses test, just leave the store. If they seem annoyed by your questions, again, leave the store. They should be more than willing to answer your questions and educate you. After all, that is their job.

Eqiuped with the Monterey Bay Seafood Guide and a few of the tips listed above, you should enjoy a life full of delicious seafood and void of stinky anchovy armpit seafood…

**Side Note** Just read the FDA is considering approval of genetically modified Salmon (as I type these words…steam is erupting from my ears in frustration)…more on this B.S. as the story develops…FML

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