Well, I muffed it

Discussion in 'Fish' started by richtee, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Think I left the salmon in the brine too long. Salty as all get-out. Dammit. Still lightly smoked, any hope of a short soak in water to remove some salt, then hit the smoke for another hour?

    Grrrr [​IMG]
  2. t-bone tim

    t-bone tim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Richtee , that's too bad [​IMG] , sounds like your thought might do the trick ?? maybe if it's still too salty after that , you could use it to make a nice smoked salmon dip of some sort to use during the holiday season ??

    I know it's not what you wanted ,but it would keep it from being a total loss and be a nice touch to the season and any party / gathering ... just a thought for ya [​IMG]
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah... it would work for a pate' allrighty. BUT.. I 'membered a trick my Ma used before when she "hit with the salt" on some dishes. She'd slice up a pototo or two and toss 'em in the mix. And it works to, for liquid dishes, like sauces and soup. Nothing to lose, so I dropped 'em in cold water with some sliced potatoes. Gonna hit happy hour and hopefully adjust 'tude, and come back to decent salmon fillets.
  4. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If the potato trick doesn't work for fish (it does for sauces, soups and stocks) I would try making some dip or the pate. The additional ingrediants might cut the saltiness enough to make it right. All is not lost. A little creativity and you may decide to over brine again next time ;)
  5. pescadero

    pescadero Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member


    Soaking will help, but it is going to require a considerable amount of time. 2-3 hours won't cut it. Overnight probably would. Problem then, is you will have severely altered the texture and you start getting seperation in the fibers. It will end up less salty but of inferior texture. Then too, it will need to be run through the smoker again(modestly) to impart at least some fresh flavor.

    This process will restore some quality, but overall you will be less than happy. As you can imagine, anything that has been first moist, then wet, then hot and dry, and then soaked and then hot and dry again, is going to become less than desirable.

    My suggestion is that you use it in some dish that allows for considerable dillution, due to it being blended with a fairly large volume of other

    Then chalk it up to a learning experience.

    Sorry it happened. Let us know what you end up doing and how it worked. Maybe we can all learn something from this. Sorry that it has to be at your expense.

    Good luck my friend.

  6. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Or, cut him up in strips, dip the pieces in beer batter , and deep fat fry him in really high temp oil. Frying fixes all problems....might cause a couple more though ;->
  7. I was going to suggest the potato thing..My mother used to do the same thing....There was always a solution with her![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  8. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    sorry to hear rich,tis easy to add,hard to take away-Maw used to do the potato thing-hope tis not a total loss
  9. navionjim

    navionjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    long ago I bought some smoked salmon in Alaska, it was really cheap from a local cannery. It tasted great when I sampled it but upon getting the 20 pounds home and trying it again it was way too salty. I tried soaking it too but as Skip mentioned it changed the texture, so what I did was to soak it for a day changing the water a couple of times and then canned it in 1/2 pint jars. 110 minutes at 10 psi. Still not the best but better than it was. If you have a lot of fish you might consider it.
  10. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey bro...........no such thing as oversalted, smoked fish, it just require's more beer to wash down!!! [​IMG]
  11. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    shred the smoked salmon, mix really well with cream cheese and a little fresh dill, a touch of lemon juice

    spread on bread or crackers

    as for making it less salty, soaking it wont do it much good, after a too much soaking in plain water it will turn to mush

    in the east coast of canada, they have salt cod, i believe they soak it in milk but i could be wrong
  12. linbru

    linbru Fire Starter

    My wife said to soak it in milk for 8 hours and if the texture isn't desirable then make a salmon patty adding crackers and egg and grill them.
  13. zapper

    zapper Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Salmon patties or spread would be my first attempts. Maybe try making a stuffing for some mushroom caps and smoke them too. Smoked salmon potato pancakes? Salmon and rice stuffed sausage?

    In hind sight. I will try to cook a small sample of what ever I brine to test for saltiness before the big commit to the smoker. I have been lucky so far, and I do call it luck
  14. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i always taste my brine b4 i put the fish in, if its too salty then the fish will be of course

    i usually dry brine mine so i generally dont get too much salt flavor
  15. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You could repost that dry brine if ya got it, i lost the one i had, think it was your's![​IMG]
  16. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well...it's well after happy hour. I sampled the soggy stuff. Not REAL soggy, but as Skip says... onto the smoker AGAIN. at least I discovered it before it was DONE. Salt has been much muted... texture is wet. but STILL firm. Had wife spend another $30 just in case. Grin. We'll see...so far... MIGHT work.
    Thanks for the support!

    - A Knight in Kneed!
  17. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    well, back onto the ECB with a crapload of lump for an hour. early retuens on the thin stuff... not bad. less salty, lost some firmness, but as it was not finished, that helped. Brined the new fillet, will wash by midnight...LOL! Honestly, i'm pretty happy with the flavor, but probably lost the texture. Pate' is good too...

    When life hands ya lemons... grin!

    Again...thanks folks! I love this place!
  18. pescadero

    pescadero Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member


    Glad you salvaged it.

    Good news is that most of us who do a lot of Salmon, have a trustworthy, reliable recipe. We don't have to taste, or to worry, we just do it. We know we will be happy with the results.

    After you experiment and tune your recipe and methods, you'll get there too. Most of us went through this in the beginning.

    Knowing you, you will have it wired in no time.

  19. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Make yourself some nice pizza dough and crumble the salmon up and tossit on like anchovies
  20. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    If you're rescue isn't completely successful, you might think about a salmon chowder.

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