01-16-2011, 04:01 AM
Re: How We Smoke Alaska Salmon;
Originally Posted by big_e
That looks so yummy Ard!
You mention that you let it soak for minimum 8 hrs....what's the max? I like to sleep in so would expect it to be sitting in the brine for 15 - 16 hours.
Also, have you tried this on other fish? If so, do you find it's a good all-around brine or just for salmon?
You can weakin the brine to make it take longer, but it would be wise to go the other way and strengthen it so it takes less time (you dont want to start needing sodium nitrite to inhibit bacteria groth in your brine) there are some great recipies where you brine them for upto 3weeks (you need sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate) you need to know what you are doing for long cures.
to experement with any recipie (brining and salt curing), you will need to know the target weight loss for the recipie (usualy about 8-9% but can be as low as 2-3% this is not total weight loss, its is weight loss from brining
) and yes even though its being soaked it looses water.
It would pay to follow the recipie a few times, weigh the same piece through the process, then you will get a feel for it and can play around with it a bit
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