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Chef Mavro – brief comment about buying ahi sashimi

July 26, 2009
Ahi comes in many grades and prices

Ahi comes in many grades and prices

Sashimi grade bigeye ahi (tuna) priced from 9.50 to 21.50 for fish caught maybe from the same boat.
Question from B On Hawaii: + caught from the same ocean! why? quality, you think, or time in a refrigerated case? do tell.

Thanks @bonhawaii I was hoping someone would ask these questions.
Why? first for sashimi grade, fat content, from the skin up: measure one, two, three fingers.
Watery is bad. Color (less red means more fat, dark red is not the best). Freshness, time in the ice, how deep the ahi has been caught, temperature of the water, maturity, where the fish has been caught etc…one hundred reasons the range of the price in the Honolulu market can be from $3.00 to $35.00/pound.

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