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May 12, 2014 02:19 PM

How long can you keep fish?

I bought some grey sole on Sunday. I was going to cook it tonight but just found out that the child who doesn't eat fish will be home. Now I'm debating saving it for tomorrow night when she will be out. But I'm concerned about if it can stay that long? What do you think?

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  1. I don't like to keep fish for more than a day or two. I think your nose is your guide. If it smells ok, it usually is.

    1. You should be fine. I store fresh fish in the fridge for 2-3 without spoiling. You can freeze it and store it forever =)

      1. You keep fish as long as you keep company.
        They both start to stink after about 2 days.

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        1. re: monavano


          I try to buy and cook same day.

          Next day max for me, especially the warm weather months where fridge temps can be a bit higher and flux.

          If not used the next day I freeze.

          I lost some awesome monkfish last summer due to letting it go to day two. Imma stilla kicking myself over that one.

          But, as above and below, the nose knows.
          And fish ain't cheap, even if you caught it yourself.

          1. re: monavano

            Or, as my grandmother used to say, "Guests & fish should be thrown out after 3 days".

          2. totally depends on how fresh it was when you bought it. sunday fish was likely brought to the store on friday. smell it now. if it seems ok, wrap it well, then put that package on ice in a bowl in the back bottom of the fridge to keep as cold as possible.

            1. Hotoynoodle is right on the mark. It truly depends on how fresh it was when you bought it.

              Fish caught on a Monday and immediately iced will go a good week in a cold fridge under ice.

              A little fish smell can be taken care of with good rinse under cold water and a soak in buttermilk.

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                1. re: alkapal

                  Absolutely! In my case, bottom shelf of the spare fridge under zip lock filled with ice. I do the same with shell fish.