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Offline lokidog

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Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« on: November 30, 2017, 09:52:12 PM »
I just grilled a yummy Atlantic filet from last August and remembered as I was enjoying the boneless pieces, that I had pulled the pin bones out before freezing.  Does anyone else do this?  It is so nice to not have bones to pick out. This would even be better for smoked salmon.

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2017, 10:02:48 PM »
I never mastered removing them. Would make a mess of my fillets.  So i gave up years ago.

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2017, 10:18:15 PM »
I had tried previously and was not 100% successful, on these fish it worked great.

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2017, 10:32:48 PM »
My guess is the atlantic salmon is similar to pinks, softer or lose flesh.  Making it easier to remove pin bones :dunno:

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2017, 10:45:40 PM »
If Iím giving someone fish, sometimes I will get the stainless needle nose out and pull them. Never had any problem removing them that way. Pull the direction the bone is laying and you canít tell a bone was ever there.

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2017, 10:51:10 PM »
If Iím giving someone fish, sometimes I will get the stainless needle nose out and pull them. Never had any problem removing them that way. Pull the direction the bone is laying and you canít tell a bone was ever there.

I figure if I'm giving someone fish, they'd better be happy however it is.   :sry:    :chuckle:

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2017, 04:02:21 AM »
i'm lazy, i'll usually slice out the section with the pin bones.  if you're careful, you'll only waste about an 1/8" thick strip of meat.
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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2017, 06:13:27 AM »
i'm lazy, i'll usually slice out the section with the pin bones.  if you're careful, you'll only waste about an 1/8" thick strip of meat.

Not lazy at all. I do the same... generally the meat above the pin bones gets cut out for canning and the meat below the pin bones is my freezer fillet. I hate bones in my fish...

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2017, 06:44:10 AM »
I always pull them out with my leatherman.

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2017, 06:51:08 AM »
I have a pair of dedicated curved needle nose just for pin bones. If my wife finds a single bone in her fish, she loses her appetite.
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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2017, 07:29:29 AM »
Here are a few tips for pin boning salmon:
Let the fish rest. The bones come out much easier if you let the fish come out of rigamortis. At least 48 hours after catching.
If you want skinless and boneless skin the fillet first then pull the pin bones.
For pulling the bones you want pliers or tweezers with maximum surface contact. I prefer smooth surfaces over heavily textured. My preference is for a set of Japanese pin bone tweezers. They have a wide angled face and flat cut jaws. I'll take a picture when I get to work. They are like $5 and we'll worth it.
Make sure you pull the bones in the same direction they lay in the fish. I place one hand on the fillet to hold it in place and gently pull towards the head and up on the bone.
To make the bones stand out and easier to find run your knife perpendicular to the fish from head to tail. This will cause the bone to poke out a bit more and be easier to find and grab.
Go slowly! The worst thing is to break off the bone half way down so apply even gentle pressure until the bone releases.

.... or you can just pick them out after you cook the fish. 

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2017, 07:36:38 AM »
i'm lazy, i'll usually slice out the section with the pin bones.  if you're careful, you'll only waste about an 1/8" thick strip of meat.

^^Another ditto^^

Slide the long fillet knife blade along the pin bones on each side and the meat loss is negligible.  It makes a Y shaped fillet, totally boneless.  I have used pliers to pull out pin bones and this is much faster and gets them all.  My wife loves salmon but won't eat it any other way than our boneless method. 

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2017, 09:09:47 AM »
I think I have 4 of those Japanese pullers, they work great! Really nice having boneless smoked salmon and a beer. I do believe there's a YouTube vid of a Japanese chef pulling bones, the guy is fast!

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2017, 09:29:14 AM »
 Hemostats work good.

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Re: Pin bones in salmon - remove them?
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2017, 09:44:54 AM »
Thanks Fungunnin.

Man, I feel sorry for you guys with wives that freak over a bone in their fish.....   :o 

I'll have to look into those pullers though.

 

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