Although frozen seafood has been around since Clarence Birdseye figured out how to pack and freeze haddock in the 1920’s, many folks still value fresh seafood more than frozen. But sometimes frozen can be fresher than fresh.
There are many good reasons to choose frozen fish over fresh, including taste (yes, taste), convenience and price. We’re going to bust a few myths about frozen seafood to show how it can be just as good, if not better, than fresh seafood.
Myth #1: Fresh seafood is more nutritious.
According to the National Fisheries Institute, frozen seafood is just as nutritious as fresh. Fish that is flash frozen either at sea or shortly after being harvested have all the same nutrients, texture and great taste of fresh fish.
At Blue Harvest, we’re bringing superchilling technology on board our groundfish vessels, which will help our fish stay fresher longer during the trip back to our dock.
Myth #2: Fresh seafood is healthier and better quality
Freezing is one of the best all-natural ways to preserve fish at its peak freshness without any compromise on taste or quality. Blue Harvest scallops and groundfish fillets are individually quick frozen (IQF) through modern spiral freezers that chill them to -10°F in just a matter of minutes. Unlike conventional freezing, our IQF process minimizes the formation of ice crystals, which can otherwise leave your fish dry and chewy when cooked up.
Myth #3: Fresh seafood tastes “fresher”
Frozen fish can taste as good fresh. Blind taste tests conducted by Oregon State University found that fish caught and quickly frozen rated as good or better than "fresh" fish bought at the supermarket.
Myth #4: Fresh seafood is better for the environment
Frozen seafood has a smaller carbon footprint than fresh seafood. Shipping fresh seafood while it’s still fresh, usually by air freight, requires a significant amount of energy. Frozen fish is typically shipped by slower forms of transportation, such as boats and trucks, which produce fewer CO2 emissions than air transport.
Frozen seafood can also be less wasteful than fresh. According to research by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, 16% of edible seafood in the U.S. is lost each year due to spoilage. Frozen seafood can be stored safely in a home freezer for months and served only when needed. It’s extended shelf life also helps make frozen more affordable than fresh because the manufacturer’s waste and costs are lower. And, because it’s stored in a freezer, frozen seafood can be enjoyed all year long.
There’s nothing better than fresh, locally caught seafood. However, for those who don’t have access to local fresh seafood or are just looking for a great tasting and convenient everyday meal solution, frozen seafood can be a terrific option.