Can out-of-date fish make you sick

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “Can out-of-date fish make you sick?”   with an in-depth analysis of signs of bad fish and storage of Fish. Moreover, we are going to discuss the nutritional value and preparation method for the fish.

Can out-of-date fish make you sick?

Yes! Outdated fish can make you sick.

Fish comes with a sell-by or use-by date and it should be used till that date to make its usage safe for your health.

However, if it has been kept in the fridge properly, it can last for a maximum of 2 days after the expiry date.

You can increase the lasting time of fish by freezing it.

What are the signs of the bad fish?

If you want to know whether your fish has gone bad follow the instructions given below;

  • If the fish is slimy with milky flesh and a bad fishy smell, it means it has gone bad.
  • But it is difficult to inspect by this method as the fish is slimy with a fishy smell, but these characteristics become more prominent when your fish has gone bad.
  • On sniffing the fish, if it smells fishy instead of smelling like the ocean, it has gone bad.
  • If the bloodline of the fish has turned dark or brown instead of being red as a natural one, it is also an indication that the fish has gone bad.
  • If the eyes of the fish aren’t clear and scales aren’t intact, it means it has gone bad.

That’s why it is advised to use the fish within 36 hours of the purchase to avoid any health issues.

How to store fish to increase its shelf life?

To increase the shelf life of the fish;

Once it has been prepared,  keep it in an airtight container to avoid exposure to moisture or any other containment.

Store the fish in the coldest part of the refrigerator or on the ice immediately.

You can also freeze the fish for its long term storage.

How is fish pickled?

Fish is pickled to store in the refrigerator for a longer time.

  • To pickle the fish, keep it in the brine twice.
  • For the first time, keep it in a weak brine and then keep it in the strong brine.
  • Cook the fish in boiling water and let it tender.
  • Spoon out its mixture in a pan and keep it in the refrigerator to cool down.
  • Put the fish in the glass jars,  strain the vinegar water into the jar.
  • Close the lid of the jar and store it in the refrigerator.

How long does fish last?

Here’s the list for the shelf life of different types of fish;

Fish TypeIn the pantry In the fridge In the freezer
Past printed datePast printed datePast printed date
Salmon_1_2 days6_9 months
Cod_1_2 days6_9 months
Halibut _1_2 days6_9 months
Ono_1_2 days6_9 months
Tilapia_1_2 days6_9 months
Catfish_1_2 days 6_9 months
Smoked salmon_5_6 days 3_6 months
Canned tuna2_5 years5_7 days _

How long does fish last when prepared in a dish?

It depends on the type of fish and the dish also.

In general,  fish lasts as the quickest expiring ingredient in any dish.

What is the nutritional value of the fish?

The nutrition value for the one half wild Atlantic salmon filet(154g) by the USDA is as follows;

  • Calories: 280
  • Fat: 12.5g
  • Sodium: 86mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 39.2g

The nutritional value of the fish also depends on how it has been cooked.

But the nutritional value for the raw different kinds of fishes as follows;

Halibut (raw with skin): 

  • 116 calories
  • 3 grams fat
  • 0 grams carbohydrate
  • 20 grams protein

Tuna (yellowfin, fresh, raw):

  • 109 calories
  • less than one gram of fat
  • 0 grams carbohydrate
  • 24 grams protein

Cod (Atlantic, raw):

  • 82 calories
  • 0.7 grams fat
  • 0 grams carbohydrate
  • 18 grams protein

Mahimahi (raw): 

  • 85 calories
  • 0.7 grams fat
  • 0 grams carbohydrate
  • 18.5 grams protein

Ocean perch (Atlantic, raw):

  • 79 calories
  • 1.4 grams fat
  • 0 grams carbohydrate
  • 15 grams protein

Where is the best way to prepare fish?

Fishmonger is the best source for preparing healthy and delicious fish.

Buy the fresh fish and use it within two days after buying it.

You can use it in either cooking, baking or grilling etc.

Here are some of the simplest and healthiest ways to prepare the fish.

Conclusion:

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Can out-of-date fish make you sick?”   with an in-depth analysis of signs of bad fish and storage of Fish. Moreover, we discussed the nutritional value and preparation method for the fish.

Citations:

http://www.eatbydate.com/proteins/seafood/fish-shelf-life-expiration-date/#:~:text=Some%20common%20traits%20of%20bad,they%20came%20out%20of%20water

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