Yet I often encounter seafood placed directly on ice in markets or at the fishmonger. Can you clear this up for me?
Sent by CatherineEditor: We checked with On Food & Cooking and Cook's Illustrated to see if we could find an answer for you. As far as we can tell, fresh fish and other seafood should be stored on or under ice in the refrigerator to keep it as close to 32° as possible, which maintains its freshness and flavor for several days.
However, water can leech the flavor of fresh seafood, so it's important to keep the fish away from melted ice water. You can replace the ice frequently, use a storage container that allows for drainage of melted water, or protect the fish from direct contact with water in a zip-lock bag or plastic wrap. (Live shellfish shouldn't be wrapped in plastic or they will suffocate.)
Does anyone else have anything to add?
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