Fresh Tuna vs Frozen Tuna – What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between Fresh Tuna vs Frozen Tuna? The biggest giveaway is the color and texture. Frozen tuna is light in color, almost like a pink color; many of your favorite restaurants are using it too. This is not to be confused with tuna belly, otherwise known as Toro which is the most prized part of the ocean on any fish. Toro comes from larger tuna that are over 200 pounds and up; it’s found mostly on Bluefin Tuna and you can actually see the white marbling in the meat. If you haven’t tried it, you need to asap and know why this part of the tuna is most sought after in the whole world.

Is there anything wrong with using frozen tuna? Well, first of all, it’s a third the price of fresh tuna, and the water content on it is very high. It’s not the taste you’re looking for so if you’re wondering why the tuna at most of those Thai/Sushi joints, fast food or buffets serve this light pink color tuna, that has no taste, there’s your answer.

The positives for using frozen tuna for businesses are many fold; it’s 1/3 the price, easy to manage (just thaw what you need) and holds for a long time. The fish is actually gassed with Carbon Dioxide to preserve the color. There’s absolutely nothing positive for you as a consumer, to be eating this type of tuna at a reputable sushi restaurant.

Fresh tuna only holds for a few days; if a restaurant doesn’t sell it, it won’t last long and you’re going to need to discard it, but the color, texture and taste is amazing. The meat is firm, not flaky and if you were to try each side by side, you could tell right away.

Lastly, many of you might now know but Tuna DOES NOT NEED to be frozen before serving it raw. According the the Florida Health Department, there are only several species of fish that can be eaten completely raw; Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Big Eye Tuna, and farm raised Salmon that is fed pellets. For more information on this subject, visit this link:
http://restaurantandlodging.com/food-safety/sushi-and-parasite-destruction-requirements.html

We hope we’ve shed some light on this ongoing debate on which is better, but the one who will make the final decisions is your taste buds. Go out and enjoy and let us know what you think is better…

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