Typical look of Indian candy

Discussion in 'Fish' started by cmayna, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What is the typical way to cut Salmon when preparing to make Indian candy (Squaw Candy).  When making my Salmon nuggets, I simply cut the meat into 1" chunks. When I make Salmon Jerky, I cut it extremely thin lengthwise. But with Indian Candy, I want to cut it the normal way, if there is one.   If in strips, is the lengthwise or cross the grain like a very narrow fillet?  Is the following a typical cut?


    Thanks

    Craig
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Craig,

    The guy that taught me cut his from head to tail, tail to head, to achieve really long strips. He would pierce a thin alder branch through the tail end and hang them to dry and in the smoke house. Most that I have seen commercially though are cut the opposite of this and about an 1" thick. I have another friend that does it this way. he skewers his too to hang to dry and smoke.
     
  3. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Case,

    Thanks for the reply.  I think for this first attempt, and mainly due to the shape of the pieces I'll be cutting from,  most will be cut opposite direction.  Meaning I'll be cutting 2-3" wide fillets down to smaller pieces.  At worst case, I'll make some into nuggets  (1" cubes). 

    Going to brine tonight and smoke tomorrow afternoon, so I can take it on our fishing excursion on Friday.

    Cheers

    Craig
     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Craig,

    I bet no matter how you slice it, they will be great and your fishing crew will be happy! Wish I was going along!
     
  5. jonboat

    jonboat Smoke Blower

    I cut cross-grain on mine. photos I've seen of indian candy that is commercially sold is cut that way. Personally, since I'm using an ECB, I find that I can cram a lot more fish in my smoker, while leaving space between the pieces, if I cut them this way. Longer strips on the small round grates, just don't allow efficient use of space on the rack.
     

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