"Fresh" cod filets

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Joined Aug 23, 2000
Against all instincts I bought some "fresh" cod at the supermarket fish counter.

Broiled it with lemon zest and anise and was shocked by how much liquid (water?) it threw off. A pound and a half of fish left a quarter-inch of liquid in a 9 by 9 inch pan, when there was none before. I'm used to seeing some water, but this was a bath.

Then it crumbled as I tried to remove it from the pan.

What could have caused that? Does frozen fish throw off more liquid? If anyone could shed light on my puzzlement I'd appreciate it.
 
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Joined Jul 31, 2000
The Cod you bought was probably frozen....or wj=hat they call re-freshed......it is a bad way to buy fresh fish....I would ask for a refund
 
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Joined Jul 31, 2000
Re freshed is frozen product that is thawed and sold as fresh....get a refund
 
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Joined Jul 18, 2000
my suggestion is that if the place lets you handle something you may purchase - probably highly unlikely, but if they do, give the fillet a squeeze, if it gives off any water whatsoever, then it has been frozen.

Obviously, this will be given off during the cooking process.
 
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Joined Aug 23, 2000
Thanks for the suggestion Nick... but it's hard to imagine a supermarket clerk complying... I'm such a chicken when it comes to asking for such things.
 
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Joined Jul 18, 2000
another alternative is to get the clerk to squeeze the fillet for you and watch for a veritable shower of water to come out of the fillet - if you cant handle it, let them do it.
 
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