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Author: spudulica Big gold star, 5000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 58819  
Subject: How much should Cod smell? Date: 16/07/2007 09:18
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I don't normally cook fish (apart from occassionally bunging in some frozen cod in batter into the oven).

However, I saw some cod loin in Tesco, in a packet, and fancied it (pan fried).

Now, as I say, I'm unfamiliar with it, so when I opened it, it was surprisingly smelly. Not an ammonia smell or anything like that, but quite 'fishy'. I was of the understanding that good fish should smell of the Sea, not of fish. However, this was a fillet, and not whole fish.

The pack was well in-date, so I went ahead and cooked it. I'm not dead yet, so I'm sure it was okay.

Is this smell normal?
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Author: iain40 Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 32900 of 58819
Subject: Re: How much should Cod smell? Date: 16/07/2007 10:12
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The Tesco fish counter seem to have an unusual skill in making all the fresh fish smell of fish rather than smell fresh.

I buy fish elsewhere.

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Author: Amanensia Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 32901 of 58819
Subject: Re: How much should Cod smell? Date: 16/07/2007 10:16
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That would concern me. Cod is like most other fish - when raw, it shouldn't smell of anything much. Freshness of fillets is much harder to judge than freshness of whole fish so I would give even more weight to a strong fishy smell in fillets. Odds are you will be fine and it was probably just not as fresh as it could have been, but I wouldn't have eaten that fish.

Frankly, I don't trust supermarkets to look after this sort of thing, and if I bought fish in a supermarket I would go to the wet counter. A good local fishmonger is a wonderful thing though, and I'm lucky to have a couple of good ones pretty close to me.

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Author: spudulica Big gold star, 5000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 32904 of 58819
Subject: Re: How much should Cod smell? Date: 16/07/2007 10:49
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Could it be because this fillet was in a plastic 'tray' and sealed so that any smell that was there couldn't evaporate?

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Author: SlugPizza Big gold star, 5000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 32909 of 58819
Subject: Re: How much should Cod smell? Date: 16/07/2007 23:39
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> The Tesco fish counter seem to have an unusual skill
> in making all the fresh fish smell of fish...

Tesco fish is not so good, I avoid all seafood form there now, our door knocker has a better grasp on fish/seafood than the "skilled" staff at Tesco. I have found Sainsburys' fish to be better locally when buying small amounts. When I can we buy at a large specialist market.

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Author: SlugPizza Big gold star, 5000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 32910 of 58819
Subject: Re: How much should Cod smell? Date: 16/07/2007 23:45
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...also meant to add - cut and paste the text from your post to:

Tesco Customer Relations
FREEPOST
TESCO SCO 5043
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An odd smell must be worth about £5


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