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Surstromming Recipe(Fermented raw fish)
« on: November 03, 2008, 02:34:08 am »
How To Make Surstromming:-



Step 1:- Buy fresh herring during the traditional months of May and June. You don't want the rotted fish to sit around too long, but you want to be sure there is plenty of time for it to ferment during the traditional surstromming feasting time of late August and early September.
Step 2:-  Brine the herring for a day. Leave the salt concentration a bit on the light side. It should measure about 23 degrees with your salinometer. After all, surstromming was created specifically because the locals didn't have enough salt to preserve fish in the normal way.
Step 3:-  Decapitate and clean the herring. Fish heads and guts aren't part of the classic recipe and would ruin the distinctive taste of surstromming. Leave them out for the local cats, if you wish.
Step 4:-  Put the decapitated, cleaned fish into a barrel, leaving an inch for any gas to escape without causing an explosion. Yes, surstromming has been known to explode or fizz out, even though its defenders swear that this has never happened and is all an urban legend.
Step 5:-  Leave it out in the sun for 24 hours to get that fermentation going. This crucial step jump-starts the process and gets that rot underway. Stir it every 3 hours to achieve an even putrefaction throughout the mixture. Shoo off the neighborhood cats, who will be positively drooling by the end of the 24-hour period.
Step 6:- Reserve about 5 quarts of brine and pour off the rest. Mix the reserved brine back in and add about 5 gallons of 12 degree brine.
Step 7:- Move it indoors to a cool, dark place to let the fermentation continue until mid-August. Surstromming experts recommend that it be kept at a temperature of 63 to 65 degrees F.
« Last Edit: November 03, 2008, 04:45:27 am by TylerDurden »
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Re: Surstromming Recipe(Fermented raw fish)
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008, 04:34:52 am »
That looks great, Tyler.  Thanks for the idea.

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Re: Surstromming Recipe(Fermented raw fish)
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008, 04:45:56 am »
That looks great, Tyler.  Thanks for the idea.

And if you wrap that image link in an image tag, it will show up in your post, without any © issues whatsoever.

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Re: Surstromming Recipe(Fermented raw fish)
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2014, 06:58:26 pm »
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