Descaling a Pink Salmon.

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#19
I have never until now once heard of anyone removing scales from a salmon... Except removing skin to make chowder or can the fish.

And Up here in Alaska we are salmon snobs... Crazy, waste of time if you ask me, if you don't like the slime, rinse the fish in water before you cook it, pat it down with a paper towel before you vaccum pack it. Fish skin is slimy scales or no scales. I can't believe anyone would go though the trouble of removing salmon scales, incredible.

But hey what do I know I won't eat salmon unless I am on a beach looking at the water I pulled it out of.
 
#20
No need to de-scale. As Stonefish said, an added bonus is the fillets won't stick to the smoker rack so easily. Plus, since you're dealing with smaller fish=thinner fillets, you want that added protection to keep meat from drying out while smoking.
 

Scott Orness

Small fish in a big pond
#21
I don't worry about scales on any of my salmon regardless of species, but my grandfather uses the hose method talked about above. Works great!
 
#22
Trying to find the study results done on commercial scaling of fish with high pressure water nozzles... And the damage it does to the texture of the meat, especially if the fish is in rigor when scaled.

Cannot imagine scaling salmon, especially those tiny-scaled humpies...

If anyone really wants to get sick/laugh/stand amazed they need to go to the mouth of the Kenai River when dip netting is legal for residents. You will see people literally toss their salmon down in the sand and fillet it there. Then toss the fillets literally into one big sandy pile. Unreal!!!!!!
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ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#23
If anyone really wants to get sick/laugh/stand amazed they need to go to the mouth of the Kenai River when dip netting is legal for residents. You will see people literally toss their salmon down in the sand and fillet it there. Then toss the fillets literally into one big sandy pile. Unreal!!!!!!
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Rinse em and they'll be fine, seriously
 
#26
Fellas, Thanks.

I left the scales on and totally botched the smoking job. Im blaming it on the smoker. Its going back to Amazon tomorrow. Maybe I will start a new thread about a decent electric smoker.

John
 
#27
We caught over two million pinks in my short 40 year career, fresh fish from salt throw it on the barbie, fish from the skagit smoke with caution. fresh fish in the N. fork skagit skin the skin and fat off then throw on the barbie, burlington on up throw the fish in the garbage and skin the raccoon or possum for some wonderful eatin that get into your garbage, TIC guys
 
#28
Rinse em and they'll be fine, seriously
My fish NEVER touch freshwater after filleting. There is no saltwater clean enough to rinse a fillet in at the Kenai mouth. The quality lost in a quick freshwater rinse is huge. Please try it. I doubt you will be less than shocked.

Quality post freezing as tested at the fish tech center in Kodiak was also huge...

And all of that assumes you could get all the sand out...
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