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Soaking fish in Salt Water?

by , Posted to on 08/18/2012 3:53 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/22/2005
Location: ND
Since I have been a kid, after I fillet fish I have thrown the fillets in a bowl of salt water for a day or 2.  Done it cause my dad did and really never asked questions.  Heard it draws out the blood but just curious how many of you or if any of you soak fish before freezing them?
Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/18/2012 4:06 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/25/2010
Location: nd
We do it with all our fish . soak them over night , rinse and freeze
Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/18/2012 4:12 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/07/2009
Location: ND
Same here. I have even done milk the night before we cook em up for people that don't like that really fishy taste..... as weird as it sounds
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Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/18/2012 4:16 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
 I got all my geese from this morning soaking in salt water right now. I have never done it with fish tho. 

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by on 08/18/2012 4:33 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/28/2010
Location: nd
 I've never used saltwater but always soak my fillets overnight in ice water... Seems to do the trick
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Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/18/2012 4:43 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/05/2011
Location: ND
 I do it with all my fish and pheasant.
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Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/18/2012 9:27 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
The saltwater thing for drawing blood out is kind of a misnomer, the best excuse for soaking in saltwater is to kill off bacteria on your meat, fish, whatever. 

It also helps ensure you get your daily dose of sodium.  Just in case you suffer from low blood pressure.
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Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/19/2012 08:55 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2004
Location: ND
Lol...

I do this salt bath with all fish and birds. And so far my blood pressure is holding its own

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Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/19/2012 09:06 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
 The rare time I manage to catch a fish, it doesn't even slow down till it hits the pan or grill!  It doesn't,t collect 200 dollars, either!  

I often soak grouse or doves overnight in brine, but I never really know why, either.  I,m a sheep, I guess.
Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/19/2012 09:41 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/12/2008
Location: ND
Have never soaked my fish in anything before freezing them. Then again I only really eat walleye and perch. May have to try it with my salmon this year.
Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/19/2012 12:42 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/10/2004
Location: SD
I use salt and milk bath and it makes for a nice mild flavor with any wild game or fish.  Even your upscale restaurants that serve pheasant or quail will do this to reduce any wild taste.
Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/19/2012 12:58 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/01/2012
Location: ND
willhunt4food Said:
I use salt and milk bath and it makes for a nice mild flavor with any wild game or fish.  Even your upscale restaurants that serve pheasant or quail will do this to reduce any wild taste.


If you don't like any hint of wild taste, eat a chicken.  Save the wild game for those of us who actually enjoy the flavor.
Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/19/2012 1:40 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/06/2006
Location: SD
I have been told that soaking fish in water reduces the quality. I never soak fish in anything but hot grease. Unless making pickled fish of course. I do not freeze fish submerged in water either.
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by on 08/19/2012 2:15 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/28/2010
Location: nd
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by on 08/19/2012 3:25 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/04/2007
Location: ND
Squirrels and pheasants get brined in a mix of salt, sugar, etc. Almost any chicken, turkey, or pork in your grocery store has been brined. It flavors, plumps, tenderizes.

My fish never get brined, nor soaked even in water. Quick rinse and into the bag - I want to retain all meat juices (keep in mind this is eyes and panfish we're talking about).

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Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/19/2012 3:35 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/29/2009
Location: ND
I used to freeze fish in water, but noticed the quality after thawing was poor.  i had read an article where some guy claimed fish meat should not be put in contact with water much at all,  after all the lake is on the outside of the fish.  So I started doing a quick rinse and then above ice cool down.  freezing is done bur putting the individual pieces in saran wrap and  forcing out any air then into a freezer bag.  i liked the results.

                                                                                                                         

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by on 08/19/2012 4:16 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/08/2011
Location: ND
I only soak my walleyes in a brine when I plan on either smoking or grilling them. The brining helps firm the filets up so they don't come apart when being turned.

I'll soak ducks, geese, and upland birds in a salt water bath for a couple hours just to draw as much blood out of the pellet holes as I can.
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by on 08/19/2012 7:53 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/02/2011
Location: Wy
I soak my carp in saltwater before I smoke them. turns them into tasty little morsels

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by on 08/19/2012 9:46 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/28/2007
Location: ND
I read in a rag one time that soaking in salt water diminishes the quality and flavor of the meat/fish.  It tends to dry them out more when cooking. 
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by on 08/19/2012 9:51 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/14/2010
Location: nd
I do that with fish as well. I use milk to soften up fillets that are tough
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Re: Soaking fish in Salt Water?
by on 08/20/2012 08:45 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/23/2004
Location: ND
I don't remember where I saw it, but it was an "ASK THE EXPERT" kind of Q&A.    Somebody asked the "expert" if they should soak their fish overnight in salt water, and his response was "Would you soak a 16 oz T-Bone steak in saltwater overnight before you eat it?  If not, why do you think fish is any different?"  

Maybe the salt water soak would be a good idea for the Carp Recipe thread.
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