On Thu 26 Mar at 11:19am Hamlyn Fourteen wrote:
Paul is open selling fresh local fish off the day boats in Newhaven.
It's very important especially at this time to support our local fishermen, and as I've said before on a previous post, use them or loose them!
Just remember the fish you buy will be cheaper and fresher. Fish sold in supermarkets including Waitrose will be at least two weeks old before it gets to store.
Also Maxine the butcher in the Riverside is taking orders for their home grown Sussex meat, again a lot cheaper.
And before anyone asks I don't work there, just a loyal customer.
On Thu 26 Mar at 3:41pm JillG wrote:
Yes, lovely fresh local fish and keeping the Newhaven fishermen in business. I bought a bunch of things today to freeze, because if I'm at home I have time to cook fish from scratch. He had eggs today too!! I'm doing some shopping for self-isolating people and (if Paul stays open) I'd be pleased to collect fish from him and deliver it. Meanwhile, Maxine is working v hard supplying old and new customers via delivery; the farms have to keep going
On Thu 26 Mar at 4:09pm webbo wrote:
I'm very happy for local food delivery operations to have a page on here like I put together for the veg box people btw.
They are getting a lot of orders through it.
Just use the contact form to get in touch with me
Check it out here »
On Thu 26 Mar at 10:20pm Local99 wrote:
Huge fan of Bickerstaffs.
But hamlyn, get your facts right about the age of supermarket fish – 2 weeks!
On Fri 27 Mar at 2:54pm Hamlyn Fourteen wrote:
Yes you maybe right about the age of supermarket fish, but I was told this by an ex-fisherman who said they would be at sea for up to 2 weeks.
If you look at some of the tickets on the fish counter in Waitrose they often say, 'This fish has previously be frozen'
Found this article from the Independent written last year:
"A BBC test into supermarkets has found that the "fresh" fish on sale may be up to 20 days old and nearly a third may even be off.
During Monday night’s episode of the BBC2 documentary The Honest Supermarket: What’s Really in our Food, dietician Priya Tew and fish scientist Richard Chivers tested ten cod fillets from five different supermarkets in the UK.
Chivers, who has tested fish for supermarkets and suppliers for over 30 years, tested the samples using the industry standard Torry measuring tool - a systematic scoring system which measures the freshness of fish - and ranked them based on taste, smell and appearance.
Of the fillets tested, 30 per cent had gone off and some were believed to be up to 20 days old. Another 20 per cent needed to be eaten by the following day."
On Sat 28 Mar at 9:48am Basil wrote:
As a vegetarian who doesn't know about these things, what's the difference between JillG buying fresh fish and keeping it in her freezer for a time before eating it and Waitrose keeping fish in the freezer for a time before selling it?
On Sat 28 Mar at 12:00pm JillG wrote:
Hello Basil - for me it's about buying local fish (so helping local businesses); normally I cook it immediately. Re fish that's been frozen and then defrosted and sold, not a problem except that some buyers may not notice the 'has been frozen' note and re-freeze it, which is dangerous.
But I'd better opt out of this now; Hamlyn wrote about the fishmonger and Maxine and got 16 likes, and I wrote agreeing and saying the same and got 12 dislikes; so it must be me......... All the best to all.
On Sat 28 Mar at 11:38pm Local99 wrote:
I would imagine Bickerstaffs sell some previously-frozen fish too. But really, if anyone buys fish that's off, then that's their own stupidity coming to the fore. But don't get me wrong – I'm a huge fan of Bickerstaffs, whilst I'm not a fan of the opportunist at the Friday market with his ridiculous prices.