Can I Freeze this Cod Fish?
I bought a pound of cod at Whole Foods today since I was planning to make cornmeal crusted cod fish tonight for dinner, but I didn't get the chance to cook it. I won't have the opportunity to cook it again until Friday, and since I don't want fish sitting in my refrigerator for another 2 days, here's my question: Should I freeze it raw or should I cook it tonight and then freeze it? Or did I just waste $20?
(Forgive me if this is stupid -- I very rarely cook fish.)
Don't you know that cod is the new "in" fish?! ;-) That's why Whole Foods (who is expensive anyway) is charging so much. Not to rain on your parade Valerie, but cod is one of the over-fished species. Here's a list from 2005 (not sure if it's 100% accurate anymore, but I'd be willing to bet cod is still on the list).
I think I read that true cod is nearly extinct, so it follows that it's pricier than many other fish.
In any case, currently, I have filets of bluefish, sole and lots of salmon (maybe some monkfish) in his freezer, most of which I brought fresh. Thaw them slowly in the fridge, then enjoy! They'll be just as tasty and will smell just as fresh as the day I bought them.
Likely the Cod has already been frozen once, so I would not do that all over again. Otherwise, it could come out with a much less desirable taste and texture.
Best would have been to bag and ice it down in the refrigerator, as you are nearing closer to the lowest possible non-freezing temperatures. No refrigerator that I know of could hold that perfect temperature that would be so crucial in keeping that catch (purchase) as fresh as possible.
I was actually thinking that the fish was probably already frozen and that's why I was concerned about freezing it again.
But after reading the responses from last night, I went ahead and wrapped it and stuck it in the freezer, so when I do defrost it (and yes, I always thaw things in the refrigerator), if it seems off in any way, I won't take any chances.
Like I said in my original post, I rarely cook fish, but the mood struck this week and I thought it would be a good change for my husband and 2 year old daughter. Now who knows when the urge will come upon me again!