I'm a regular Costco Shopper for specific things. One of those things is FISH. We eat a lot of fish at my house, and I'm buying enough to feed four adults.  Costco has a great variety of fish products available every day. So when I run out, I head over to Costco and pick me up a few pounds of fish for a great price. However, I've wasted about $60 on fish the last two times I've visited Costco.

Costco has such a great selection of fish.  Walleye, tilapia, catfish, and salmon are some of the varieties they offer on a daily basis.

About 2 weeks ago, I was swamped with work, so I went through Instacart and had some groceries delivered from Costco. I purchased the Kirkland Signature Fresh Farm-Raised Catfish filet package for approximately $32.00, which is a little less than 3 pounds of fresh Catfish.


The groceries were delivered. I put them away and didn't think much more about it. A couple of days later, I checked the date on my catfish, and the printed date was October 12th.  No problem. I figured I still had time to fix it.

I dug it out on October 13th to fix fish for the boys for supper and opened the package, and it was already bad. I was so disappointed. The smell and the slimy texture of bad fish are pretty unmistakable.

I was actually pretty upset about it and thought about going into Costco to tell them about my experience, hoping for a refund on the fish. Before I did that though, I decided to do a little bit of digging about fish and expiration dates.

There is a website called EatByDate, that answers the question, "How long does fish last." Catfish only last 1-2 days after the expiration date in most cases. So the fact that I had my fish for a few days and then wanted to use it a day after the printed date, I'm not surprised that it was bad. Knowing this, I don't blame Costco. I blame myself because I could have, and should have stored it differently. Since fish thaws pretty quick, I could have put it in the freezer immediately after I brought it home and it would have lasted a minimum of 6 months.


The moral of this story. If you are going to buy fish in large amounts, you need to use it right away or put it in the freezer. $60 down the tubes is completely my fault, and I can't blame the store for my own error.


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