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Pickled Fish

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Jags, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Due to a slightly stupid move on my behalf - I ended up with the top shelf of my upright deep freeze doing a partial thaw. The rest of the freezer stayed solid, but not the top shelf (door was ajar at the top of the freezer).
    I was left with the dilemma of what to do with a whole pile of partially thawed crappie and walleye. An impromptu fish fry came to mind, but it would take 50 people to eat this much fish (I save up for a big fry at the river each year). So I thaw it the rest of the way and get to making a bunch of pickled fish.

    Salt bath for two days, then white vinegar bath for two days, then into the jars with the syrup.
    Salt bath:
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    Vinegar bath:
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    Into the jars:
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    I layer fish and sliced onion to full, then fill the jars with the syrup. I used a basic syrup of sugar, vinegar, pickling spice boiled for 5 minutes (then cooled). Hopefully it turns out well. It has to sit for 3 weeks in the fridge. These are NOT canned and are considered a refrigerator pickle. Should safely store for 8 months in the fridge. I got a total of 10 pints and 4 quarts.
    This will yield a firm and mild fish. I actually prefer it over pickled herring.

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  2. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Got yerself into a real pickle, did ya? :rolleyes:
  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    No joke - by the time I was done with that the smell of onion, vinegar and fish was overwhelming. I am estimating about 25 pounds of fish was processed.
  4. ScotO

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    Never tried it, Jags.....but sounds good. I am a seafood junkie.....how does it taste?

    Good on you for saving all that fish. I know what it takes to catch and fillet a pile of fish, it would've been a shame to lose all that hard work....
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    What I have had in the past was very good stuff. This batch needs to set for about 3 weeks to allow the syrup to do its thing.
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  6. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I'm fascinated by food preservation methods lately. I have never tried pickled fish of any sort, you have me curious.

    I've used the pickling juice out of my pickled garlic scapes in dressing and chimichuri sauce- it's really good stuff!
  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    AP - I will let you know how this batch turns out. I suspect it might be a tad on the sweet side (2 cups sugar to 3 cups vinegar). I personally like a vinegar bite on anything pickled. Of course, this can be adjusted once a jar is open by replacing some of the juice with straight white vinegar. Maybe I can figure out a way to ship cold....Hmmmmmm.
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    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    It'd be a risk, Jags- I'd hate for you to send a jar and it be wasted on me should it disagree with my palate. Like I said- never tried it in my life, and I have a serious aversion to wasting home-grown stuff. Just fascinating, easy process though.

    I have a small batch (5#) of saurkraut started, by the way- just maybe 4 days along and some bubbles appearing, with a little sulfur funk just detectable. I will try to start napa cabbage really soon so that I can do a big batch of kimchi when my crock comes out of the fire in 2-3 weeks.
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Loves my homemade kraut.

    I am gonna be looking to shove some of this stuff off on people. Thatsallotta pickled fish.
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