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Does fresh-caught fish keep longer in the refrigerator than store-bought?

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Judy Feagin

There's nothing like fresh-caught fish! As my grandmother used to say, "They're good eating". Unfortunately, fresh-caught fish don't last any longer in your refrigerator than store-bought, according to the USDA. All fish can be refrigerated for up to 2 days, and then frozen if not used.

When fishing, wrap the caught fish (whether whole or cleaned) tightly in plastic wrap before storing on ice. (The plastic wrap will keep fish better). Keep the fish in a cooler with 3-4 inches of ice on the bottom, then layer the wrapped fish with more ice. Hopefully, you'll be bringing home lots of layers!

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