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Pickled Northern Question

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I have made 3 batches of Pickled Northern with the same recipe this year.

The texture of the first two were spot on.

With the last batch the fish seems to have a mushy texture.

I am not sure if I should throw them out or not?

Has anyone experienced this?

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I'm pickling my first batch right now. Couldn't tell you but I don't think they should be mushy.

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I think I figured it out after talking to some people.

I was in a hurry the day I put them into the spiced brine.

I cooked the brine and only cooled it half way down, added it to the fish, and put it in the fridge.

I may have half cooked the fish.

I think that may have done it.

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i have that problem every time i pickle fish. i blame it on city water cause i always make my brine a day or so before so its alwaye cold. i have eaten my mushy fish i dont share it when it turns out like that. dont know about when the brine was warm when you put it on.

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I've never had any turn mushy, the only thing I could think of is the brine wasn't cooled down or the solution to pour over wasn't incorporated completely? You might wantt to post this in the sharing recipe forum as well.

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 Originally Posted By: glenn57
i blame it on city water

I do have a reverse osmosis water filter.

I am not sure if I used filtered water or city water on the previous 2 batches.

I think I will always use the reverse osmosis filtered water from now on.

That may be the difference.

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I just pickled some pike last weekend with a recipe from the sharing recipes forum and it said to let the brine cool somewhat.I've got 4 more days of anticapation and my mouth watering every time I open the fridge.

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another great place to ask about this if you havent already is the cooking/recipe forum

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I've never tried pickled Pike before. What does it taste like? (obviously the recipe dictates that to a certain degree) Is it kind of like herring? Might have to try it.

Shawn

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I have pickled smaller northerns and they are very good if you find a good recipe. Ask some questions in the Cooking & recipe forum or do a search there and you will find your answers for sure.

Good stuff that pickled northern.

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All the pike I've had tasted has been great, it was a bit tougher than herring. I'm gonna have to find these recipes. I'd like to give it a run myself.

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ya, there has been alot of talk about this in the Cooking & recipe forum

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well I tried the pike Ipickled today and all I can say is MMMMMMMMMMMM GOOD its not going to last to long. I used caldones recipe form the cooking forum.

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i have not had it in a long time, but when i do, i cant stop eating it, maybe thats why i dont have any in the house right now.

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