Oct 21 2007

Cleaning Fish

Published by at 9:55 am under Foods

Fish is an extremely reliable source of protein in the area of where I roam. Killing it can be done either by hitting the head with a stick or by ripping the throat open. Cleaning it can be done in seconds using this method. Of course, with some practise.


Hold the fish with your off hand, belly up. Stick a knife into the anus and cut up to you are nearly at the throat.


Stick your thumb from the inside and out the throat. Pull off the front fins alon with all of the insides of the fish. You can eat everything of the insides also, except the digestive system.


Be careful to free all of the guts free in the lower end.


Scrape out the bloodlike substance (really the kidneys) clinging to the back of the fish with your nail. Rinse the fish in water and it is now ready for cooking.


Do however also try to cook one on a stick with all the guts inside. I have done that many times and it imparts a pretty good, slightly salty flavour to the flesh.


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One Response to “Cleaning Fish”

  1. Marcon 21 Oct 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Hey Torjus,

    very informative and focussed log – thnx
    might be interesting to share about the conservation of fish in wildlifeconditions,
    for example about drying of fish too



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