Kippersnacks, Sardines, And Other Smoked Fish

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  1. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
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    One of my favorite kinds of tinned fish is kippersnacks. I just love that smokey flavor ! I also like smoked salmon, and probably would like other smoked fish as well.
    When I was a kid, I lived near the shores of Lake Pend O'reille in northern Idaho, and they used to catch and smoke kokanee salmon, also called bluebacks. There was a company that smoked them fresh locally, and I loved it when mom would buy us some fresh smoked bluebacks.
    After I grew up, I had one of those Little Chief smokers, and I loved smoking my own trout, and even some of those little smelts that used to sell so cheap in the spring at the grocery stores.

    Bobby likes smoked meats, and he just bought himself a smoker for that.
    When he was smoking some pork, I asked him to also put in some tilapia filets that we had in the freezer, and he did.
    They actually turned out pretty decent, for tilapia. I like pink meated fish like salmon, and some of the trout family, the very best; but will also eat the white meat fish.
    I remember when sardines used to come in sardine oil, which is healthy fish oil; but now they come in cottonseed oil, or some other vegetable oil, which is usually heat-processed, and just does not have that same intense sardine flavor that they did packed in sardine oil.
    Smoked oysters are also delicious. Who else enjoys any of these ?
     
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    I like smoked oysters and clams. Also like smoke salmon, we bought some last weekend when my sister was visiting and we took them down to the the wharf in Monterey. It was very good, one of the better ones I've had.

    My daughter does a cream cheese, then salmon, then some capers and chopped red onions kind of appetizer. Good with crackers but we also use it in an omelette the next morning...yummy. A little smoked salmon goes a long way in flavor so even though it's high sodium, you don't need much.
    I've had smoked trout also as an appetizer.

    For lunch that same day we stopped in Cannery row and had lunch at the poke lab a new place that has fresh poke. That too was delicious.

    http://www.thepokelab.com

    They had a very early flight on Sunday so my daughter ran out for fresh bagels and cream cheese from the bagel corner and they put some of the salmon on that. A good quick breakfast for them.

    I've never heard of kippersnacks.
     
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    I buy kipper snacks often, as well as smoked tuna and smoked trout, which is very good too. I often tell myself that I am buying them to split with my cat, Lydia, who is badly in need of anything that she will eat. Growing up, my uncle had a smoker that he had made out of an old refrigerator and, while I like fish prepared in a lot of ways, smoked fish has always been a favorite. In Michigan,there was a fish that could only be fished with a spear. We knew it as a "sucker" but I think its actual name was "redhorse" or something similar. Suckers ran in the same streams, and at the same time as smelt, only any suckers caught in a smelt fishing net had to be released. Of course, a lot of people would catch them in a net and then stick them with the spear, since spearing them in the water wasn't so easy. Anyhow, I don't think suckers were so good when they were prepared in any way other than smoked, because that's the only way I have ever heard of them prepared.
     
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    When I lived in Missouri, they had that special season for spearing the suckers, too. They would go out at night with boats that had bright lights on them, and hunt the fish.
    I had always been told that suckers and squawfish were trash fish, and too bony to eat. We used them to bury under the lilacs or rosebushes as a fertilizer when we caught them; so I was totally surprised that the fishermen in Missouri actually ate the suckers once they speared them.
    I was working nights at a convenience store at the time, and we would see the guys with their boats on the trailers behind the pickup trucks, as they stopped in for gas and hot dogs before heading out for a night of (hopefully) spearing the fish.
    One of the fishermen was a friend of the other lady that I worked with, and he brought us in some fish and chips that he had made from filets of the fish. They were delicious ! !
     
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    That's probably why they were smoked. That might have been the only way that they were any good. I never tried them any other way, but I loved smoked sucker. They were fished at night in Michigan too, as were the smelt.
     
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    My dad used to buy smoked whitefish from this market in Dunkirk New York. I remember being in there a couple times as a kid,,and that market smelled. I think fish that is properly prepared and fresh should not smell at all really. I think fresh fish is good if it is prepared right, but kind of bad if it is not. I much prefer seafood I know that. The only smoked fish I have really eaten more than a little of is salmon. I hate sardines, anchovies, and fish of that type. I think bony fish in general are a turn off...but I kind of like catfish. My fishy tale:p:D..
     
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    What a coincidence. Our dinner was smoked fish last night. If you have seen the mongo dish in the other thread, we had the leftover for dinner last night plus the smoked fish. I don't know the name of the fish, it's small and quite cheap with that yellow color that I think was food coloring. The vendor said that it is fresh and I tend to believe. By the way, the vendor was selling on the sidewalk near the gate of our village.

    Smoked fish here is usually eaten for breakfast together with rice.
     
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    I like sardines, especially the tiny, expensive ones. I also like smoked salmon but don't often buy any. I don't know anything about kipperwhatevers
    I tried some anchovies once, they would be good if it wasn't for the salt.
     
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    Last weekend my daughter, Robin, brought us over some frozen salmon and steelhead that she had in her freezer and wanted gone. We took part of it and brined it, and then yesterday, @Bobby Cole put it in his new smoker and smoked it for us. It turned out just incredibly delicious ! !
    After it has cooled in the refrigerator, I had some before bed last night along with some cream cheese.........oh, my, that combination was just awesome !
    Today, I have to let Robin know that we have the salmon smoked and give her some. We had put the rest of the salmon in the freezer; but as good as that last batch turned out, we have been thinking that we will just smoke the rest of it, too.
    I used to have a Little Chief smoker, and I smoked salmon and trout. Smoked kokanee trout (bluebacks) are my favorite smoked fish since they are the perfect size for smoking. Out here, you don't find many places to fish for trout, at least I haven't found any yet. the water is too warm for trout here in the south I think.
     
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    We have a trout farm or hatchery near me. I had a date take me there a few years ago, it was neat.

    https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Hatcheries/San-Joaquin


    I like smoked salmon and trout and thankfully a little goes a long way in flavor on cream cheese because it's pretty high in sodium...for me.
     
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