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Monday, March 5, 2018

Cold Smoking and Canning Salmon (picture heavy)




I recently had the time to replenish my smoked salmon supply. It's nice to have this on hand for quick meals! I've been doing this for several years and this method works well for me. I am able to order the fish through my local seafood lady... she gets shipments in 3 times per week. I load up when it's on sale.

I start by cutting slits into each slab for even curing and even smoking....




Mix my cure...three parts brown sugar to one part canning salt.


Coat the fish well and get the cure into the slits..


I wrap and let it cure in the fridge overnight.. ( 12 hours)


The next day, I rinse the fish to remove all cure...


I dry the slabs and hang in the smokehouse...





I use a blend of alder and apple wood. Keep the smoke light. If I can smell the smoke, I know it's working. It doesn't take a ton of billowy smoke to treat the meat..
The canning process intensifies the smoke flavor so only a couple of hours of cold smoke are needed.  I keep the smoke temperature under 80F for salmon. In this case, the weather was 45F so that worked out just fine.






The fish turns a rich color while smoking...









Ready for the canning process...

I remove the smoked meat from the skin of the fish...




For each 1/2 pint jar, I add 1 tsp of oil, a sliver of onion....and some of the jars received a slice of  jalapeno...




I fill hot sterilized jars with the smoked salmon, then add my oil, onion and peppers...




I keep my lids hot...


After filling each jar, I wipe the rim with a towel that has been dipped in white vinegar. This helps clean the rim of the jar and it removes any oil which would prevent the jar from sealing..


Place the lids and screw bands on and they are ready for pressure canning..


 I add 3 quarts of water and a splash of white vinegar to my pressure canner. (follow the instructions on your canner)..


I am able to get 24-1/2 pints into my canner...



For my altitude, I pressure can for 100 minutes at 12lbs of pressure. (check the instructions for your area)





I let the jars cool on the counter overnight. Check to see if they are sealed before storing..






Right off the bat I had to have a taste test!
Made some smoked salmon, deviled, duck eggs from my Blue Swede duck...





Then some smoked salmon, cream cheese dip for snacking...
I can make a meal out of these.



I've been enjoying smoked salmon, caper, onion, cream cheese bagels for breakfast....


Puff pastry, cream cheese, smoked salmon, asparagus bites...



Good ole smoked salmon patties, rolled in panko and fried til golden.... with a spicy sriracha sauce..



....and my favorite. Smoked salmon lasagna...
 I layer smoked salmon and lasagna noodles with a creamy sauce. I'll make a post about this one soon!




This stuff is creamy, gooey and tasty!



I've made this so often, I know that 6 sides of salmon will be enough to fill 24-1/2 pint jars. So I just smoke the 6 sides at a time. There is usually a small amount of smoked salmon left over after filling the jars for canning. I just cook it for supper while the canner is running.
24 jars lasts me a good while.

I'm getting a lot of use out of the smoked salmon. It's nice to have on hand! The jalapenos didn't add much heat to the jars, I will add more next time (if I use them again). I kind of like having regular ole smoked salmon in the jars, I can spice it up later if I want.

The weather is still on the mild side here. Yesterday the temperature reached 80F. That's unheard of for this time of the year.  I know many are getting hit with storms, rain and snow. It would be nice to be able to take some of that moisture off your hands. 

The cows are still calving. All is going well with the other critters. I have some of my garden seeds planted in the house, I'm ready for spring!
Hope everyone is healthy and happy. Thanks for stopping by!


4 comments:

Errol Judy said...

Oh my! Your last two posts look soooo good. We do the shrimp boil/Frogmore Stew a couple times a year, but I bet the drum smoker adds another level of flavor. I'll have to try that.

LindaG said...

You are a mighty lucky and talented lady. :)

We are listening to the thunder. Getting a little more rain. Three sunny days coming after this.
Hubby's recovery is going well.
We are blessed. :)

You all have a blessed week, too. :)

cowgirl said...

Thanks so much Errol Judy! I bet your Frogmore stew is delicious! The drum adds a bit of flavor to the food. I like the way the crab legs turn out. Hope you give it a try sometime.
Also, hope all is well with you, nice to see you!

cowgirl said...

Thank you Linda! (((HUGS)))
I love the sound of thunder and the smell of rain. Wish I could take some of that off your hands.
So glad to hear your husband is doing well... That's great news!
Hope you have a wonderful week! :)