Smoking salmon and trout part 05 - scotch smoking prep con

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PLAIN SALT BRINING TIMES
SUGAR-SPICE-SALT BRINING TIMES

Wet brining pieces for Scotch smoking: You can use a plain brine or a sugar-spice-salt brine.

Plain brine: prepare in the same ratio as injection brine above. Cool brine to below 50 F and keep the fish and brine cool throughout the process.

:Piece thickness Fat fish Lean fish : ¾" 2 hrs 1⅓ hrs : 1" 3 hrs 2 hrs : 1 ¼" 4 hrs 2 ⅔ hrs : 1 ½" 5 hrs 3 ⅓ hrs : 1 ¾" 6 hrs 4 hrs : 2" 8 hrs 5 ⅓ hrs : 2 ½" * 10 hrs 6 ⅔ hrs : 3" * 12 hrs 8 hrs * These thicker pieces will benefit from brine injection with a needle.

Salt-sugar-spice brine: ratio 4 ½ c pickling salt and 1 ½ c white or brown sugar to 4 qt water. Add, adjusting to taste, 50 bay leaves or 2 tb mace or 8 tsp peeper or 5 tb juniper berries. simmer the spices in brine 45 min. Strain brine through a cloth, discard spices and cool the brine.

:Piece thickness Fat fish Lean fish : ¾" 2 ½ hrs 1 ½ hrs : 1" 3 ½ hrs 2 ½ hrs : 1 ¼" 4 ¾ hrs 3 ¼ hrs : 1 ½" 6 hrs 4 hrs : 1 ¾" 7 ¼ hrs 4 ¾ hrs : 2" 9 ½ hrs 6 ½ hrs : 2 ½" 12 hrs 8 hrs : 3" 14 ¼ hrs 9 ½ hrs These times are just a guide; each fish is different. When done the flesh will be firm enough for slicing and feel like the lean part of a slab of bacon when pressed between the thumb and forefinger.

After brining, place the fish pieces skin side down so they can drain. Tilt the drain trays so that the brine runs off the fish to prevent salt deposit build up on the fish. cure 12 hrs at a temp below 70 F Extracted from: Smoking Salmon & Trout by Jack Whelan. Published by: Airie Publishing, Deep Bay, B.C. ISBN: 0-919807-00-3 Posted by: Jim Weller Posted to MM-Recipes Digest by "Rfm" <Robert-Miles@...> on Sep 08, 98

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