Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Prepare Fatty Fish for Smoking

It is important to salt your choice of salmon or steelhead to retard bacterial growth. 

use a 2-1 brown sugar to kosher salt ratio for thin fillets. thick fillets (1/2" or greater) can take a 1-1 sugar salt ratio. add to the dry brine whatever you like. i like to add dill, cayenne, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and chipotle powder. sift it until well blended. 

use a couple layers of food service wrap in alternating directions. 

layer your fillets with dry brine.

then wrap tightly, and then wrap in food service foil. 

put in fridge, turning twice a day for two days. after 48 give or take, rinse the fillets, pat 'em dry and place on wire racks in front of a fan for two or three hours. this will develop the pellicle. 

don't skip this step or you'll have mushy smoked fish. 

this is what your fish should look like prior to smoking. dry, but moist and shiny. 

smoke your fish with indirect heat with hickory, oak or pecan at less than 140 degrees. a couple hours should be plenty, depending on thickness. 

and don't forget to have clean surfaces, clean hands and clean utinsils AT EVERY STEP in this process. although this isn't technically cold smoking, it's close enough. and the fish is at dangerous temps for long times. i've never had anyone complaining of gastro problems in the many steelhead/salmon smokes because i'm a clean freak when it comes to handling and preparing the fish. you should be a clean freak, too. 

special thanks to alton brown and @ribguy. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Apologizing for a Bigot

Read the fucking thread:


since the shooter has been tentatively ID'd as an hispanic male, i'm sure you're on-board with slaughtering hispanics in the streets. all of them, right?

Monday, March 31, 2014

There is a Middle...

...it's just not here

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Bur Oak Problem

two bur oaks. planted over ten years ago at the same time from the same nursery. one thrives; one dies. can the 'dead' one be saved?

thriving oak. 

'dead' bur. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Facile Argument

but let that precious life get SNAP or TANF and watch the fuck out for "moocher" labels from said-same.

there's not a single day in my life that weighs on me more than our collective decision in 1984 to abort an unintended pregnancy (while using active birth control). i am not conflicted by our decision; we made the best choice available to us. it is a burden i bear every. single. day.

but i have no regrets. just as i have no regrets in launching explosive laden aircraft to kill people my government deemed deserving of death.

who are these people that claim the inviolability of a precious human fetus, who condone, nay, encourage war? who deny due process? who ape the constitution? your friendly, staunch anti-abortion, pro-gun, states' rights, black helicopter white people, both young and old.