day 362: O Canada! IX.

once a staple of fisherman throughout the down east region, salt fish is now almost impossible to find - in fact in don't think you can get in anywhere in maine.

 

but i finally tracked some down at the family fisheries on campobello, island! it's simply dried fish cured in salt brine that i guess is sort of like fish jerky. some might claim that you can't find it anywhere because it's nasty and somethign that only old fisherman can appreciate. but not me! i love the stuff.

 

in addition to finding a rare favorite food, i also enjoyed the best ( and cheapest ) plate of fried clams that i've had in my entire life in the humble family fisheries restaurant. if you're in the area you owe it to yourself to stop on by and some great seafood.

  • Mark Strozier 10y

    afraid to ask.
  • Candy R 10y

    I gotta admit, back in the days that I ate fish, I loved Salt Fish - it is a bit like fish jerky from what I recall. verrry salty tho!
  • Sigurros Engilbertsdottir 10y

    Is it eaten raw or cooked? Ours is dry salted, and then before cooking it's kept in (pure) water to reduce the salt level (there's a term for this that my brain isn't allowing me access to), before it's then cooked (usually boiled).

    We eat dried fish uncooked though. Yum!
  • Eric C Snowdeal III 10y

    vistory_rose: "Is it eaten raw or cooked?"

    you just pull off strips of the salt fish and eat it which is why it's sometimes known as "strip fish". i don't actually know how it's prepared and whether or not the fish is cooked. i thought it was "cured" and salted without cooking similar to the process of making beef jerky, but i could be wrong.

    either way, i agree - it is yummy!
  • Eric Snowdeal Jr. 10y

    no cooking involved in the curing process, just lots of salt brine and sunshine... maybe a few flies if you don't get tight enough screens on the drying rack. but what's a few maggots, eh? just more protein :-D (oh, by the way, Candy, for you vegans, Maine law allows a maximum of seven maggots per pint of processed blueberries... makes you think, doesn't it ;-))
  • VGrenier 10y

    Oh, GrampaEric (or Uncle, in this case), how you take me back to the blueberry factory days.
  • Dale Calder 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Campobello Island N.B. Canada, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Dale Calder 8y

    When My Sister and I were in University our Mother would ship us "care packages" and there was always some dried fish which we ate raw. Our friends thought we were really strange and called us, "Eskimos". A word I no longer use because it is an insult to the Inuit. It is an Indian word meaning, "Eaters of raw flesh."
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