Friday, March 23, 2012

Turn your Jerky Fish into Jerky- Maple Blackberry Pike Jerky

After finally catching a keeper Pike we decided to make this jerk of a fish that cost us 11 trips to the Connecticut River into Jerky....
Chris Call caught us this nice pike, Sammy helps measure the length. 

Fish Jerky is a popular around the world and is a great way to preserve fish if you have too much or just want an interesting way to eat it.

We chose to make Maple Blackberry Jerky because we make our own maple syrup and had a freezer full of wild blackberries that needed to be used.

1 fish filleted and cut into thin equal strips
a small pot of salt water
maple syrup

Add salt to a pot of boiling water (salt helps cure and preserve the fish) then add a bit of maple maple syrup and a handful of blackberries and let that boil for ten minutes to combine flavors.

While the marinade it boiling fillet the fish. Pike are harder to fillet than you might think but it's worth the effort.

Take the pan off the stove and allow it fully cool to room temperature. Once it's cool place the fish in a shallow dish and completely cover the fish with the marinade and refrigerate it over night.

In the morning take the fish out and rinse it, then place the fish strips on your dehydrator, but don't let the fish touch or overlap.

Dehydrate until bedtime and remove the fish from the dehydrator and refrigerate. This should keep pretty good, but I would not store this at room temp. We froze ours for eating later.

Enjoy and let us know what you think

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