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Cleaning and Packaging Salmon

DSC_0340Dipnetting sockeye is such a blast but then the real work begins: cleaning and packaging the salmon. iphone 6 plus apple phone cases This is a step by step guide on how our family does it. Of course, there are lots of methods but this is our favorite and as salmon season approaches, it seems a fine time to post about such things. DSC_0179 The process begins with a sturdy vacuum sealer. We use a FoodSaver GameSaver Titanium G800 purchased from the Anchorage Costco. chaussures puma pas cher No, this isn’t a sponsored post. FoodSaver has no idea who I am or that I happen to love their product. There are lots of vacuum sealers out there, but I advise spending the extra money on a good one which won’t burn out half way through processing a day’s catch. Set it up on a table and prepare a stack of the bags. I double seal them on the bottom and down the center. iphone 8 case purple flowers I also label them ahead of time with a permanent marker. chaussure asics pas cher puma chaussure It’s nice to have these bags ready to go because there’s a very good chance that you’ll be exhausted from fishing and need all the help you can get. DSC_0332 DSC_0185 Rinse the fish with cool clean water and begin processing them one at a time. roshe run The back of a truck works well though many harbors offer processing stations which are quite handy if you are in the area (or if your cistern is nearly out of water and delivery won’t happen for a few more days). Josh and our dear friend, Justin, are pictured below at the fish processing station on the Homer Spit. DSC_0110 Of course, going to the cleaning station isn’t always an option. timberland Setting up at camp or in the yard works well, too. Timberland Homme iphone shockproof case 8 Run a garden hose to the area and have buckets/tubs for washing the fish. Set up your workspace with a bucket for scraps, bowl for clean fish, chopping block, and a very sharp knife. Some people use a filet knife, others swear by a curved knife, but the truth is that the best knife for the job is one that is very sharp and comfortable for the user. DSC_0187 Slide your thumb into the gill and pull it back. Carefully slide the sharpened knife from the top of the head behind the gill slicing down the cheekbone toward the belly and then to the anus. PUMA en soldes Josh does this to begin regardless of whether he will be butterflying the fish and cutting out filets or slicing it into steaks. There are many different methods and some are even faster, but this is our way of getting the most meat off the fish in the least amount of time. DSC_0188 DSC_0190 DSC_0191 DSC_0192 Turn the fish over to slice behind the gills and around the head so as not to cut through the organs. Pull the head down and all of the guts should pull out with the head. iphone 7 phone cases owl We create a brine and make our own caviar with some of the eggs. The rest of the eggs are dried on scrap wood and used for halibut bait. moncler Try to remove the eggs in their sacs. moncler jacket soldes Do not throw all of the heads away because they are fantastic for fish stock. The cheek and belly pieces are the best and most flavorful meat on the entire fish. asics pas cher 2018 Savor them! DSC_0193 DSC_0194 It’s easy to separate the eggs from the intestines and other organs. Only save the eggs from the best fish for caviar (the fish shouldn’t have any worms in the meat — think sushi quality). Now, slide your fingers down the cavity to remove any other remaining bits and turn the fish. Cut along the spine following the bones and peel the filet back as you go. This is definitely not the fastest method, but it reduces waste while maximizing the meat on each filet. DSC_0195 DSC_0196 DSC_0197Take extra care around the tail so that you don’t cut yourself, especially as you get to the bottom of your cooler of catch. sleek iphone 6 case Get into the habit of keeping your fingers free of the path and away from the blade while holding the fish. DSC_0205 DSC_0198Look at the pictures closely. Josh is a ninja with the blade and cuts right along the pin bones to create nearly-boneless filets. In the end, they are skin-to-skin in his hands. DSC_0199 DSC_0200 DSC_0201 Look at that gorgeous filet! As soon as both filets hit the pan, I took it into the kitchen for a final rinse and packaging. DSC_0203 In the meantime, Josh made deep cuts along the back to remove the strips of meat along the spine which we call “backstraps.” Those strips are for immediate use and should not be frozen. Bottes UGG Pas Cher France En Ligne DSC_0204Once in the house, I rinsed the filets, pat them dry with paper towels, and used scissors to cut them in half. Then, I stacked them with the skin-side out. DSC_0333DSC_0334DSC_0335 Having the skin on the outside protects the meat. Now, slide the stacks into the prepared vaccum sleeves for sealing. DSC_0336 Notice the bowl of “backstraps” and cheek pieces on the counter beside the sink. puma homme Those went on to be dinner that night. Put the package in place for vacuuming and sealing. Prior to locking the package, try to remove the wrinkles and wiggle the filets so that they are stacked perfectly. iphone 7 shockproof case orange DSC_0337 DSC_0338 Make sure that the opening of the sleeve is over the drain area and the bag is smooth before closing the lid. Once the lid is closed and locked in place, do a final check before pushing the buttons for vacuum-sealing. DSC_0339 DSC_0340DSC_0341 Notice the dual seals on the packaging. I use this to protect the fish during freezing but also because I may only need to use two filets. cactus case iphone 7 With this method, I can cut one half of the frozen filets free for use and throw the other half back in the freezer. DSC_0342 Just in case you were wondering, this is what the eggs sacks look like when drying. Salmon eggs are like candy for ling cod, pollock, halibut, and rockfish. We are also fans of using as much of the fish as we possibly can.

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