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What is the purpose of salt curing fish?

 
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Aaron871
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06 07 11:42 am    Post subject: What is the purpose of salt curing fish? Reply with quote

What does this do? If the fish is fresh and your gonna smoke it right away, what is the purpose?


Ya, so I'm really new and looking up to you guys for some basic info...

Thanks....
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wnkt
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07 07 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt curing is what it says...Curing the fish with salt. Old timers way to store fish.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05 08 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt 'curing' will dry the fish out and is used for preservation.

Is someone telling you to salt the fish prior to smoking? If so are they telling to you 'cure' the fish (which removes most all the moisture) or are they telling you to salt the fish for a short period before smoking?

These are two different things.

Quite often along the coast you see BBQ mullet. This is done with jumping mullet (often called fat mullet). You can fillet or butterfly the fish...leaving the scales on. Typically you'll see folks salt the flesh and let it sit in the chill chest overnight. Then you grill the fish scale side down (after rinsing off the salt) and baste with a thin bbq sauce while cooking.

That type of salting I wouldn't call a 'cure'.

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lantern
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05 08 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or....are you talking about brining? Which would be soaking in water that has a high salt content. This would help keep the fish from drying out during the smoke process.
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