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From Your Cooler To Your Kitchen – How To Get Your Fish From Cooler to Cooked Perfection!


Once you know how to fish, it is important to know how to safely take it to your kitchen. It means the next step after learning how to fish is to learn the way to transport it.

Knowing this is very important because it is essential to preserve it to ensure food safety and freshness which improves the taste of your dish. To learn about fishing lures that do the best job, we have a list for that.

Below are a few tips which can be helpful to transport your fish from your cooler to your kitchen.

Transport Fish From Catch To Kitchen

Even if you have access to plenty of fishes you just cannot and should not carry as much as you want with you because taking more than what you can consume is totally waste.

There are two important steps between catching the fish and putting it for cooking:

  • Storing (Cooling/Freezing): This step is indispensable in the seafood sector for maintaining the quality and freshness of the product. There are a few points which need to be remembered during storage:
  • You should be sure that you have all the essential equipment to store your stock like a cooler with a good seal, sufficient amount of ice, a sharp knife, storage bags, plastic wraps, etc.
  • Get the fish immediately on the ice after you catch them. Ice should be all around the fish because as soon the fish get frozen, the less strain it will go through and the less stress it goes through the better it tastes. Because the stress causes the formation of lactic acid in the muscles of the fish which negatively affects its taste.
  • The drainage of your cooler should be working properly to drain the water that comes from melting of ice. Because the fish floating in the water can go through a change in taste and texture and can even start spoiling.
  • And if you want to transport it to a very long distance then you should use either dry ice or gel ice which will prevent the leakage to prevent it from spoiling.

Processing After getting it to the kitchen you need to store the fish in a specific way.

  • So once you are ready to fillet your catch, make sure that you have a clean and sharp knife.
  • After chopping, rinse the fillets in cold water to remove the excess fluids, harmful bacterias to wrap them to store or transport.
  • Once rinsed the fillets have to be kept moist but not wet for which you should wrap them in plastic wrappings and then store them in storage bags to place them in a freezer.
  • Generally, it is advised to cook and consume a fish once caught, within two days. But if you planned them not to eat within two days then it is best to put them in freezer bags and there should be no air left in the bag.
  • One more thing to remember is that you should always marinate a fish inside the refrigerator.

Now after knowing, how to transport fish from the source to the kitchen, you can try different recipes to make your hard work fruitful.