Why would we eat salt cod when we can have fresh fish?The answer is flavor. When white fish is saturated with salt and dried, amino acids and other chemical changes occur in the fish. This produces a chewier texture and milder, almost sweet, yet still fishy taste than its fresh counterpart. If you’re unfamiliar with salt cod but maybe see boxes of it in fish stores and fish departments, you may think it’s a recipe for a heart attack. It’s not. That’s because before we cook and eat it, the salted fillets are soaked in repeated baths of cool water for about 12 hours to remove most of the salt. (If you are strict in avoiding salt in your food, check with your doctor or nutritionist first about whether it’s advisable to eat desalinated salt cod because some sodium will remain in the fish, in amounts that are similar to smoked trout or salmon.)
Before cooking with salt cod, place it in a large bowl in the sink and fill the bowl with cool water, covering the fish entirely. About an hour later, dump out the water and refill the bowl again with more fresh water. Repeat this process for the next 12-hours, leaving the fish to soak for increasing periods of time and making sure you’ve changed the water at least 4 times. You’ll notice as you go through these steps how the salt will be leaving the fish — first from its surface and then from the fish itself. The fish will also absorb some of the water and take on weight so that a fillet that may have weighed 12 ounces to begin with will be about a pound by the time you’re done.
The pieces of salted cod often have bones, which are easy to remove after the fish has been completely soaked.
- Weight recommended : 500g is foor for 2 to 3 persons
- Storage : 8 days after the packing date or 3 months in the freezer
- Vacuum-pack : variable
- Ingredients: wild cod fillets, sea salt
- Latin Name: Gadus Morhua
Price is per KG