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Fishbox Guide | Storing your Fishbox catch

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 : 1:55 PM

Your Fishbox contains the freshest fish and seafood available anywhere and has never been frozen. When your Fishbox arrives with you the contents can be enjoyed straight away. It's filleted, pin-boned and portioned ready to be cooked. We know fresh fish is a premium product and is among the most perishable foods we eat. It is best to cook our fresh fish within five days after it arrives with you. If it is oily such as salmon or trout, cook within four days and if it is a really oily fish such as a herring or mackerel eat it as soon as you can.

ice, ice baby!


There is a reason you see so much ice on the fish counter, it’s not just to make fish look good. Fish and seafood live in cold temperatures and once they are out of the water they do start to deteriorate. Putting your fish on ice even in the fridge will keep them fresher and tastier for longer.

The ice packs that come in your Fishbox can be reused and are great for keeping your fish cold in your fridge, and they won’t leak. If it is soft when it arrives just pop it in the freezer for a bit, et voila you have the perfect product to keep your fish at the optimum temperature they are pretty good for picnics as well.

Leave your fish in the vacuum packs until your ready to enjoy them. These packs are designed to keep your fish as fresh as possible. Place the bag on top of a plate or tray lined with ice or ice packs and add more ice or ice packs on top of the bag. This will keep your fish fresh and ready to cook for up to five days.



If you don't plan to eat the fish within a couple of days, we suggest freezing it instead. Freezing it is a great way to preserve the freshness and the beautiful taste. Our fish comes pre-portioned and pre-packed, so you can pop it straight in your freezer.  We have a guide below on how long seafood should be frozen for. Visit our blog on how to safely defrost fish for some handy tips.

Oily fish herring, salmon & mackerel


4 Months

White fish, cod &haddock


8 Months

Flat fish, sole & plaice


10 Months

Langoustines, lobster & crab


6 Months

Scallops, clams & oysters


4 Months



If you are lucky enough to receive some of our wonderful live shellfish, pop them in the fridge under a damp cloth until you are ready to cook them. Shellfish are best eaten within three days of you getting them in your Fishbox. If you want to freeze any shellfish you must always cook them first.

Lobsters are hardy creatures. They will keep well at the bottom of the fridge, covered with a damp cloth and can last for up to four days. We would advise that you check them after delivery as they may be weak. The same rules apply to our Scottish Brown Crabs and West Coast Langoustines which should be enjoyed up to three days after arrival. They should be checked at every opportunity.

Mussels, scallops, clams and oysters that arrive live in their shells, should be put in an empty pan covered with a damp dish towel and refrigerated. Scallops, mussels and clams should be used within two-three days and oysters within seven-ten days.

We make every effort to ensure our live shellfish arrive alive, but we cannot guarantee it. If they have expired during the journey they will still be good, provided you cook them straight away. Once cooked treat like any cooked food and store for up to 4 days in the coldest part of your fridge. DO NOT immerse any shellfish in fresh water, unless you want to kill them.

If you ever have any questions, please get in touch as we love to talk fish.

Visit our recipe page to discover more tasty seafood dishes.

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