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Old 03-21-2018, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks good. Since I don't speak creole, what is that in english?
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A pellicle is a skin or coating of proteins on the surface of meat, fish or poultry, which allow smoke to better adhere to the surface of the meat during the smoking process. Useful in all smoking applications and with any kind of animal protein, it is best used with fish where the flesh of a fish such as salmon forms a pellicle that will attract more smoke to adhere to it than would be the case if it had not been used. Its kind of like a real thin natural Saran Wrap. It forms after the cure and best in open air and sunshine. Takes about 1-3 hours.

I think you mean Cajun or Coonass as we like to say.

Creole is a race of people (mostly a mixture of French and Black Caribbean)
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Fancy name for pelican? Btw, I can still "taste" the smell of pelican island in the morning fishing Choup if I think hard enough!
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So you "dry" it prior to smoking it. Do you soak it in a brine prior to drying it?
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How do you keep flies and bees off it?
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It is cured in your favorite brine concoction first. Mine is a secret blend of brown and white sugar and kosher salt. Then it is left to dry for a while until the pellicle forms. Then its smoked.

We were in Pelican (oddly enough Marty) Alaska. No flies that time of year but someone had to stand guard against the crows, eagles, and the mink that lives under the house. One year a bear smashed the smokehouse in the middle of the night and "appropriated" 50lbs of smoked king salmon. We heard then watched it go down, but no-one had the sack to ask her to stop.

Its rarely sunny up there so most of the time we leave the cured salmon in the fish cleaning house closed up. It just makes a better pellicle with sunshine.

Marty, that island is gone. It totally disappeared form erosion 3 years ago.
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Mark, I wish there was a "Like" button on this website to acknowledge one has read another's post!!! I'm so saddened that the smelly island is gone. Fond memories of my gag reflex kicking in a record number of times the five minutes we were there - lol! I THOUGHT I had a strong stomach! Maybe it was just the morning thing on an empty/coffee only stomach? I dunno. But, I was more than happy you asked us if we wanted to try elsewhere so quickly! Maybe you were worried somebody was going to hurl in your boat??? That was a fun trip - thank you, except for stinky island!!!
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