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Offline Tiffin

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need pickled jackfish recipe
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:20:59 am »
as the title says im looking for a pickled jackfish recipe, have some leftover that i want to use up before the summer fishing starts.
I found on online that says its a cold recipe, no heat used, so does that mean your just using raw fish? it doesnt specify whether or not your supposed to pre cook it or not.
Anyways id appreciate any of your recipes.


Thanks in advance, Tiffin
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Offline ragweed

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Re: need pickled jackfish recipe
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2015, 11:32:02 am »
If by "jackfish", you mean what I call "Northern Pike", let me dig a little.  The one I use is indeed a cold recipe, with raw fish.  I've got Canadian bacon that needs to come out of the smoker RIGHT NOW.  I'll get back to you.

Offline Tiffin

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Re: need pickled jackfish recipe
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2015, 11:37:43 am »
I do indeed mean northern pike. Thats alright im at work till 5 anyways.
Thanks!
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Offline ragweed

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Re: need pickled jackfish recipe
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2015, 11:59:37 am »
Gosh the bacon smells good!!!  Okay, I follow Pikeman's recipe for "Pickled Heart or Duck or Goose Breast (Brine).
1/3 cup salt
3 cups sugar
5 1/4 cups white vinegar
3 tsp pickling spice
12 whole cloves
1 chopped cinnamon stick
2 large onions sliced thin

Heat brine ingredients until sugar and salt are completely dissolved.  (Do not boil)  Keep hot for 1/2 hour.  Cube the raw pike, bones and all.  Place everything in a crock or glass jar and refrigerate.  Stir a couple of times.  Ready to eat in about a week.  Bones will dissolve.

Like everything that Pikeman does, turned out great.  Hope this helps....Joe

Offline lilharv

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Re: need pickled jackfish recipe
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2015, 02:12:45 pm »
 I have got a lot of help and recipes from you guys and this site. Time to give one of my own. I think it makes Northern Pike taste just like pickled herring only better. Only thing I ask let me know what u think of it. lol
 
Catch northerns, fillet northerns,rinse fillets thoroughly.  Cut fillets into approximately 3/4" x 3/4" chunks.  Put fish chunks into a large bowl, add saltwater, cover bowl, , and soak fish for 48 hours in saltwater in refrigerator.  You may need a double batch of saltwater if not enough to cover fish.
 
 
Salt water recipe
1 cup canning salt
4 cups water (make sure salt is dissolved)
 
 
After 48 hours, take fish out of refrigerator and rinse fish chunks thoroughly in a colander and also rinse your large bowl.  Put rinzed and drained fish back in bowl and cover fish completely with white vinegar.  Cover bowl and put back in refrigerator for 24 hours. 
 
After 24 hours, drain fish in colander. Do not rinse.  Fill jars with alternate layers of fish chunks and large chunks of onion.  Pint jars work well.  Fill jars with brine, cover jars, and put in refrigerator.  Let fish set one week before eating.  Any bones will have dissolved by this point.  Brine can be made earlier the same day as it needs to be cooled before putting over fish in jars.
 
Brine Recipe
2 cups white vinegar
1 3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon whole allspice
4 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
2 tablespoons mustard seed
Bring brine to a boil, cool, pour over fish in jars and refrigerate finished product.
 
Notes: 4 to 5 medium sized northerns (3-4 lbs) will take approximately a double batch of saltwater and a triple batch of brine.

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« Last Edit: March 12, 2015, 02:19:12 pm by lilharv »

Offline Salmonsmoker

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Re: need pickled jackfish recipe
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2015, 06:13:21 pm »
I have a pickled Northern recipe somewhere. I'll see if i can find it and you can compare it to any others posted here. I've used it for salmon and it was really good. It may take a few days, first priority is to get the Easter ham in the brine so it's ready in time.
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Offline Tiffin

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Re: need pickled jackfish recipe
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2015, 06:35:24 pm »
Well I decided I'll try lilharvs recipe, got the fish in the first stage. Didn't think i'd get multiple recipes so now I have to catch more to try them all. I'll keep updated with pictures as I go.
Thanks guys.
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Re: need pickled jackfish recipe
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2015, 08:57:36 pm »
Alright the pike are now in the brine for a week. As I mentioned in trying out lilharvs recipe. I'm using 2, 6-8 pound pike. The jar looks small in the pictures but it's actually a giant 2.5 litre vlassic pickle jar. Which happened to fit everything perfectly.

The fish all cut up



The fish with the onions in the brine


Will update with final taste.
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Offline lilharv

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Re: need pickled jackfish recipe
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2015, 07:38:49 am »
Lookin good, Tiffin.

Offline lilharv

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Re: need pickled jackfish recipe
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2015, 11:30:07 pm »
Come on tiffin good or bad?

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Re: need pickled jackfish recipe
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2015, 07:21:11 pm »
lilharv-
Thanks for posting that recipe. I've used a lot of different recipes for pickled northerns and this one is by far the best I've tried. I tweaked it just a tad by adding a little NA white wine to the brine, but it is delicious and everyone who has tried it agrees. Thanks again!
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Re: need pickled jackfish recipe
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2015, 08:48:45 am »
I have a pickled Northern recipe somewhere. I'll see if i can find it and you can compare it to any others posted here. I've used it for salmon and it was really good. It may take a few days, first priority is to get the Easter ham in the brine so it's ready in time.

I finally found it! :o
Mine is almost exactly the same as lilharv posted.
Procedure is the same with the only difference being the brine.

Brine:  2c. vinegar
           1c. sugar
           2 TBL. pickling spice.

The sugar/vinegar ratio is less which will most likely make the product a little less sweet.
The spice additions in lilharv's brine are pretty much a pickling spice mix.
The finished products are probably very similar.
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