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Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« on: January 08, 2012, 02:33:09 PM »
That crap is nasty...  I have read that it is generated from the scales.  So how do you get rid of it?  I read you have to take the scales off the slime is gone.  So what do you do or do you do anything? 
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 02:47:09 PM »
I just skin them, they taste better that way anyway.
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012, 03:14:24 PM »
I just scrape the fish witht he back of the knife. It deslimes them and then i vacuum pack and freeze. Never had a problem.
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2012, 03:22:07 PM »
I picked up an 8 in fillet knife at Costco.  I need to sharpen it.  I will eventually learn to use it.  But how to you cut the skin off once you fellet the sides of the fish?
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2012, 03:53:19 PM »
I have a 2x3 foot piece of UHMW that i skin my fish on. It does take time ot learn. I filet them, then lay skin side down. I go from the tail end of the filet and cut straight down about 1/2 inch into the meat then i i cut
or slide my knife down the filet, i cut where i do so i have something to hold on to when i am skinning them. I try not to move the knife, i try to pull the filet across the knife. That keeps the pressure from cutting the skin off, then it become a PITA.
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2012, 04:36:32 PM »
Easiest way I have found to descale them is lay them on the grass and  blast them with a hose starting at the  tail working to the head. Good nosle =no more scales. Slime has never bothered me, but I always descale asap and that may be why.

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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2012, 05:06:05 PM »
Scale them and them rub some lemon juice on them......wash with water  :tup:
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2012, 05:52:56 PM »
Easiest way I have found to descale them is lay them on the grass and  blast them with a hose starting at the  tail working to the head. Good nosle =no more scales. Slime has never bothered me, but I always descale asap and that may be why.

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Same here.  I like to leave the skin on for a couple of reasons, one is it keeps at least one side from freezer burning when it gets lost in the freezer and two, when I grill, I start meat side down then flip so the skin side is down to finish.  If the skin sticks to the grill, no big deal.

Also, sockeye do not work very well with this method.  For some reason the scales seem to be adhered more strongly.

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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2012, 06:15:16 PM »
I skin all my salmon ...JUST LIKE STATED ABOVE.. Once you eat a salmon that has been skinned you will never eat it any other way ... just place on foil with butter on the bottom and season it the way you like  :twocents:
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2012, 07:42:05 PM »
I think I have an idea.  I just need to find someone who can weld stainless steel for cheap. 
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2012, 08:39:18 PM »
I skin all my salmon ...JUST LIKE STATED ABOVE.. Once you eat a salmon that has been skinned you will never eat it any other way ... just place on foil with butter on the bottom and season it the way you like  :twocents:

It truly does make an incredible difference doesn't it? I noticed a big difference in the fish I've smoked as well.
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2012, 08:43:30 PM »
Easiest way I have found to descale them is lay them on the grass and  blast them with a hose starting at the  tail working to the head. Good nosle =no more scales. Slime has never bothered me, but I always descale asap and that may be why.
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2012, 01:47:47 PM »
I cannot descale them on my property because I live in a housing development.  Wife and neighboors would not like that.  So I am looking for something I can run off my truck where I park or some place I can make a mess.
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2012, 04:59:41 PM »
We made scaling blocks out of a 3x4" block of 2x4 and nailed beer bottle caps to it. Scales come off real easy.
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2012, 11:53:32 AM »
I skin all my salmon ...JUST LIKE STATED ABOVE.. Once you eat a salmon that has been skinned you will never eat it any other way ... just place on foil with butter on the bottom and season it the way you like  :twocents:

I skin all my fish, Bass, trout, salmon and generally use this method for cooking.  Works like a charm and tastes amazing.

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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2012, 12:22:21 PM »
if you just want the slime gone so you can handle them use little nickle news paper, works like a charm just wipe them down a few times, otherwise spraying them from tail to head is the best way
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2012, 06:55:24 PM »
I cannot descale them on my property because I live in a housing development.  Wife and neighboors would not like that.  So I am looking for something I can run off my truck where I park or some place I can make a mess.

We usually take care of the fish at the river before coming home.  Keeps the mess out of the garbage can
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2012, 07:40:16 PM »
I am going to give the bottle caps on a 2X4 a go. 
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2012, 07:57:43 PM »
i've never scaled any salmon or steelhead, or really any fish for that matter.  i don't like eating the skin, so i usually cut it off as part of the filleting process.
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2012, 06:50:27 PM »
Thats all good omega 3's you guys are getting rid of.

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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2012, 10:02:41 PM »
i've never scaled any salmon or steelhead, or really any fish for that matter.  i don't like eating the skin, so i usually cut it off as part of the filleting process.

Have you ever eaten panfish like blue gills or crappie?  OMG, they are so much better tasting when eating the scaled filets with skin on than off!  The skin adds quite a bit of flavor.  I do not eat the skin of trout or salmon though.

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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2012, 08:41:08 AM »
i've never scaled any salmon or steelhead, or really any fish for that matter.  i don't like eating the skin, so i usually cut it off as part of the filleting process.

Have you ever eaten panfish like blue gills or crappie?  OMG, they are so much better tasting when eating the scaled filets with skin on than off!  The skin adds quite a bit of flavor.  I do not eat the skin of trout or salmon though.

I have never eating the skin of a steelhead or salmon.  That is what I target when I fish most of the time when I fish these days. 
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2012, 08:43:11 AM »
i've never scaled any salmon or steelhead, or really any fish for that matter.  i don't like eating the skin, so i usually cut it off as part of the filleting process.

Have you ever eaten panfish like blue gills or crappie?  OMG, they are so much better tasting when eating the scaled filets with skin on than off!  The skin adds quite a bit of flavor.  I do not eat the skin of trout or salmon though.

Loki, same with sanddabs.... A light descaling, skin on, cook and eat. Wonderful.
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Re: Removing slime from river salmon and steelhead
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2012, 06:55:59 PM »
I cannot descale them on my property because I live in a housing development.  Wife and neighboors would not like that.  So I am looking for something I can run off my truck where I park or some place I can make a mess.
De-scale them on your lawn. Does the grass good and it dont leave a mess. Youd be surprised at how many neighbors wanna be your friend when youre scaling fish.
 
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