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Oh, so very very trivial - supermarkets and 'cleaned' fish.

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LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 21-Dec-16 00:12:07

What do you expect when you buy a whole fish ready cleaned? I would love it if they'd remove the gills, because IMO they make the fish taste bad and I always snip them out. But as a minimum, I expect it to be scaled and with the guts fully removed.

Does anywhere actually do this? I am so fed up with buying fish and getting it home to find I might as well have done the job myself - except they won't sell my uncleaned fish - and I'd have done it better.

(And yes, if I had a good fishmonger anywhere local, I'd use that).


zzzzz Wed 21-Dec-16 00:15:01

morrisons.just ask them

Heratnumber7 Wed 21-Dec-16 00:15:23

I would like them to do what you describe, but in reality I think "cleaned" = "gutted", nothing more.

Sweets101 Wed 21-Dec-16 00:19:18

I just ask the person on the counter if they can do what I want. If they can't I don't buy it.
Ime morrisons, tesco and waitrose can usually oblige.

LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 21-Dec-16 00:19:34

It was Morrisons, zzz. They told me it had been cleaned. It hadn't even been properly gutted.

herat - fair enough. I think usually I'd expect scaled and gutted, but I am aware cutting out gills is probably wishful thinking. I wonder why, though? No one wants to eat them, do they?

LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 21-Dec-16 00:20:15

sweets - but do they actually do it?

zzzzz Wed 21-Dec-16 00:22:48

they do whatever you ask (fish related!) Tesco fish has been frozen, so Morrisons is better but pricier.

LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 21-Dec-16 00:25:11

Lucky you. My mum swears by her Morrisons, too - though she does say it varies depending who's working that day. Mine is clearly just a bit shit.

Electrolens Wed 21-Dec-16 00:41:28

Ask the fishmonger to take the gills off

Pengweng Wed 21-Dec-16 06:29:50

I don't mind the gills or even having to descale a whole fish. What i do mind is when the fish obviously hasn't be descaled but has been portioned into individual pieces so that I have the take the skin off as it's impossible to descale a small bit properly. I like eating my salmon skin!!!

Mindtrope Wed 21-Dec-16 06:38:47

If I buy a fish cleaned, I would expect it to have the guts out and body cavity rinsed, that's it.

If I want further I will ask for it to be cleaned, descaled and head removed. Then the head , gills, scales and fins are taken off.

Scaling and cleaning are two different things.

You are asking for the wrong procedure OP. I have always found supermarket fishmongers very obliging.

BarbaraofSeville Wed 21-Dec-16 08:08:25

I don't generally buy fresh fish, but do know that Morrisons fish counter has a very good reputation for being a proper fishmonger (similarly their fresh meat is prepared instore by trained butchers) so I'm sure if you want the fish preparing and trimming in a particular way they would do it if you asked - maybe say 'could you remove the gills (and any other bits you don't want) please' instead of asking for them to be 'cleaned' in case different people interpret this in different ways?

I would have thought other supermarkets particularly Waitrose and maybe Sainsburys should be similiarly obliging, as long as they aren't too busy.

LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 21-Dec-16 10:44:20

mind - fair enough, that's what I'm trying to establish. I didn't ask for it to be cleaned, I asked if it had been cleaned. I always feel a bit rude saying 'and what does that mean, oh, and can you do the gills too,' but it annoyed me that it seemed to me they'd left half the guts in.

I would also expect it to be scaled because good fishmongers usually do that as part of cleaning, but it doesn't bug me if it's not the norm - I just want to know.

peng - yes! I have no issue with doing it myself, but doing it when someone else has already had a go is much harder, and certainly if it's been cut up I think you're should expect it to be scaled. Scaling ought to be done before you take the guts out, really.

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