I spent at least a couple hours scaling, butchering and prepping those two nice striped bass from yesterday. They sat on ice for 24 hours and then I tried to make every part count (except for the guts - although the liver may have been worth a try??).
I took off the nice big top loin sections and cleaned them up really well. That is going to be my primary meat source. Sashimi, sauteed, broiled, fried, poached - you name it. Nice clean white fish.
I filleted the tail sections and skinned them and sliced them into fish sticks. My plan is to get a whole bag of these sticks and marinade them in a salty, briny solution overnight. I caramelized some leaks and added it to my brine. I reduced it to a light brown liquid and after it cooled I added the fish pieces. Later today I will bust out the smoker and dehydrator and make some striper jerky. That should last for a while if I don't screw it up. Last year I had a grill fire one time and then I totally over salted another batch. Gotta remember those things and learn form my mistakes.
|bag of fish sticks getting ready to be jerky|
|For the grill tonight|
|This is a BIG bowl although it doesn't look like it|
For breakfast today I had a nice platter of sashimi. I cheated a little by giving myself some soy sauce to dip in. Sorry about that but I couldn't resist. As sashimi, striped bass doesn't have a whole lot of flavor but if you slice it super thin and keep it as fresh as possible it is quite good. It's ultra important to take good care of your meat if you're going to eat it raw. I always keep the whole fish on ice for 24 hours and then right after I trim the pieces being used for sushi, they get wrapped up and go right into the fridge. If handled right it will stay 'sashimi quality' for a few days. I never freeze my fish that I plan to eat raw.
|Striped Bass sashimi style - click on pic to see close up|
Other than the skin, I haven't even cooked any of it yet. I'm going to the grill store at lunch time to get some wood chips for the smoker. Time to dust off the grills and pull the dehydrator out of the basement. It's finally time to eat some fish again! How nice it will be.
Ever since the mention of getting chickens, my kids have been excited about it. I am still thinking about pursuing that idea and if I'm going to do it I should make some type of pen today or tomorrow. That may be my next adventurous undertaking.
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