Storing Tilapia

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If you want to include tilapia in your next meal, it’s important to be aware of how to store your fish in the right environment to maximize freshness and avoid the potential of foodborne illness. If you live far from your supermarket seafood counter or fishmonger, it’s a good idea to plan ahead.

The Commute

If you live more than an hour away, make sure to bring a cooler or a portable insulated bag. This way you will keep the fish fresh for as long as possible and it won’t spoil as quickly. You may also want to consider a cooler if you live in a warmer climate or it happens to be the middle of summer.

At Home Keep fresh tilapia in the coldest part of your refrigerator or on ice at 32°F. The flesh should be cold to the touch, and not leave an imprint when you gently press it with your finger. The longest amount of time you can store fresh tilapia before eating it is two days.


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