That´s how you handle fish correctly – from transport and storage to hygiene
When buying, check the correct storage of the fish in the shop. Fish should be presented on clean ice and also be covered with fresh ice, to guarantee cooling on both sides. A closed cooling system provides constant temperatures between 0-2 degrees Celsius.
For the transport your fish will be packed tightly in paper. In the past people did that with newspapers – nowadays we use coated transport-paper, which is solid longer when getting wet. Paper isolates extremely good! Therefore you don´t have to worry about transports up to 4 hours (even in summer). When you transport your fish for a longer time we recommend you dry ice packs, that provide over 6 hours a temperature of -5 degrees Celsius. So, even long transports can be done easily. Important: Protect you package from direct sunlight. Because ultraviolet light penetrates the paper and it can get very hot inside. Also aluminum-isolated bags are a good way to keep you fish cool.
If you want to, you can take your fish with you living! Either we put some water into a plastic bag or you bring you own suitable transport case.
Put the fish as soon as possible into the refrigerator. Please note, that especially older fridges are cooling less constantly.* Always put the fish in the coldest part of you fridge.
Important: Get the fish out of his paper wrapping! Wash it carefully with cold water, dab it with a clean cloth and put it on a porcelain plate. Finally, cover it with clingfilm. Wash your hands carefully before and after handling with fish.
The durability of fish depends to a large extent from the hygiene applied in handling and in the fridge. Dangerous bacteria are seldom in the fish itself. Bacteria in the fish cause bad scent, but are mostly harmless. A real “fish poisoning” comes from germs that are transferred from humans onto the fish and find a good environment to breed there.
Ask for our delivery dates or look in the section “Frisch eingetroffen” (delivery notification), what fish came in fresh. If possible, consume your fish the same day you bought it!
We also recommend the great Information of the “Deusche Institut für Risikobewertung” in german, including many pictures: http://www.bfr.bund.de/cm/208/wie_frisch_ist_der_fisch.pdf
* Older models dry the air, because the evaporator takes humidity from the air and doesn´t give it back. Moreover, these models cool with a minimum and a maximum temperature, meaning that there are noteable temperature fluctuations. Modern digital devices cool constant and don´t dry the air. With those you don´t have to worry – they can hold temperatures from 0-2 degress Celsius easily. But also in modern fridges not all areas have the same temperature!