Fall is alright

Nothing says "Good Morning!" like a bowl full of fish in brine. The limes add a festive touch.

Nothing says “Good Morning!” like a bowl full of fish in brine. The limes add a festive touch.

My husband and I noticed that salmon is cheap at Safeway, so we bought a big piece for about $6/lb, hacked it up, and floated it in a bowl of saltwater and sugar and spices. We also found a big bag of limes for about $4 so we sliced up a few and dumped them in. Why not?

It’s the time of year that salmon is plentiful. I’m not picky about farmed or wild caught, since I am not able to go out and spear me a few big whoppers myself I will have to trust in Safeway. 

Hey, have you read “Henry and Ribsy,” by Beverly Cleary? Henry’s dad is going salmon fishing with their old neighbor, he promises Henry can come along if he keeps his dog Ribsy out of trouble until the middle of September.

Having read the previous two books, I can’t believe Henry’s dad would be so naive. 

Henry’s mom helps him keep the dog out of trouble all Summer, but of course Ribsy gets back into trouble as soon as he is allowed into the fishing boat. So, he and Henry are deposited on shore to watch – where of course, they find a huge Chinook struggling in the shallow water of an inlet, and Henry takes the fish with his bare hands. He and Ribsy get their picture in the local paper, while his dad and the neighbor come back empty handed. 

I’m wondering if they brought that monster back and put it in a bowl of brine?

After these had soaked overnight in the fridge we stacked them on trays and let them dry out a little.

After these had soaked overnight in the fridge we stacked them on trays and let them dry out a little.

We use the same smoker my Grampa had – the Little Chief top loader.

Little Chief Top Load Electric Smoker

Ours looks exactly like my Grampa’s,  this one pictured has a little different logo but is the same device. You put the trays on the rack and lower it down in there, put on the lid. Then you wet a little pile of chips in the tiny pan provided and stick them into that little door. The electric heater slowly burns the wet chips, and there you go. It took almost exactly six hours to the finished product. You have to check regularly to add more chips when necessary.
It's amazing how much it shrinks up. We bag it up for ourselves and to share with family and friends.

It’s amazing how much it shrinks up. We bag it up for ourselves and to share with family and friends.

This batch turned out so perfect, it made me sing like Aaron Neville.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwyBewTE8fA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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