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    Michael Horowitz Guest

    Default Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    Eat it like an ear of corn, avoiding the backbone?
    Very fishy taste? - Mike


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    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    Michael Horowitz wrote:
    >
    > Eat it like an ear of corn, avoiding the backbone?
    > Very fishy taste? - Mike


    I always debone it. If you separate the spine
    from the flesh near the tail, the whole spine
    and ribcage can be pulled out like undoing
    a zipper. This trick won't work if you start
    at the head end.

    I also remove the pectoral fins and dorsal fin
    before cooking.

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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    On 2009-09-22, Janet Bostwick <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Depends. . .if you are eating the smaller smelt from the Great Lakes,


    ????

    Are the GL saltwater!?

    nb

  4. #4
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please


    "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Michael Horowitz wrote:
    >>
    >> Eat it like an ear of corn, avoiding the backbone?
    >> Very fishy taste? - Mike

    >
    > I always debone it. If you separate the spine
    > from the flesh near the tail, the whole spine
    > and ribcage can be pulled out like undoing
    > a zipper. This trick won't work if you start
    > at the head end.
    >
    > I also remove the pectoral fins and dorsal fin
    > before cooking.


    Depends. . .if you are eating the smaller smelt from the Great Lakes,
    everything gets crispy on the outside. You can crunch it all or if you are
    fussy, you can de-bone as suggested above. If you are eating the larger
    ocean smelt, the fins can be pulled off before eating. No fishy taste, very
    mild.
    Janet



  5. #5
    Don Martinich Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Michael Horowitz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Eat it like an ear of corn, avoiding the backbone?
    > Very fishy taste? - Mike


    You can learn the proper technique by watching old Warner Bros. cartoons
    showing cats eating whole fish.

    D.

  6. #6
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please


    "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 2009-09-22, Janet Bostwick <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Depends. . .if you are eating the smaller smelt from the Great Lakes,

    >
    > ????
    >
    > Are the GL saltwater!?
    >
    > nb

    No
    Janet



  7. #7
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    Michael Horowitz wrote:
    > Eat it like an ear of corn, avoiding the backbone?
    > Very fishy taste? - Mike
    >


    The small fresh water smelt can be eaten whole.

  8. #8
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    On 2009-09-23, Janet Bostwick <[email protected]> wrote:

    > No


    I was not aware there were freshwater smelt. I used to by fresh smelt
    (Pacific Ocean) and pan fry them. I don't see them much, anymore.

    nb

  9. #9
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    notbob wrote:
    > On 2009-09-23, Janet Bostwick <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> No

    >
    > I was not aware there were freshwater smelt. I used to by fresh smelt
    > (Pacific Ocean) and pan fry them. I don't see them much, anymore.


    There sure are fresh water smelt. Every spring they migrate up rivers
    and streams. Smelt fishermen will be hanging out with their nets and
    bringing them in by the bushel. They usually just slit the bellies open
    and scoop out the innards, dredge them in flour and deep fry them.

  10. #10
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    On Tue, 22 Sep 2009 18:24:13 -0400, Michael Horowitz wrote:

    > Eat it like an ear of corn, avoiding the backbone?
    > Very fishy taste? - Mike


    Depends on how big thy are 3.5 inches, you can eat everything
    including the head. Over 4 inches is a matter of preference.

    Always buy dressed smelts, and I prefer the little ones (3.5 and
    under).

    -sw

  11. #11
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    On 2009-09-23, Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:

    > There sure are fresh water smelt. Every spring they migrate up rivers
    > and streams. Smelt fishermen will be hanging out with their nets and
    > bringing them in by the bushel. They usually just slit the bellies open
    > and scoop out the innards, dredge them in flour and deep fry them.


    hmmm.... must be bigger than Pacific smelt. We jes cooked em whole.

    nb

  12. #12
    Dan Abel Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    In article <[email protected]>,
    notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 2009-09-23, Janet Bostwick <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > No

    >
    > I was not aware there were freshwater smelt. I used to by fresh smelt
    > (Pacific Ocean) and pan fry them. I don't see them much, anymore.


    Wiki says they are mostly in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, but are
    commonly found in certain fresh water places also. The Great Lakes were
    specifically mentioned, but other places also:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smelts

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

  13. #13
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    Dan Abel wrote:
    >
    > In article <slrnhbir7u.3og.notbob@myvai2.notbo[email protected]>,
    > notbob <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > On 2009-09-23, Janet Bostwick <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > > > No

    > >
    > > I was not aware there were freshwater smelt. I used to by fresh smelt
    > > (Pacific Ocean) and pan fry them. I don't see them much, anymore.

    >
    > Wiki says they are mostly in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, but are
    > commonly found in certain fresh water places also. The Great Lakes were
    > specifically mentioned, but other places also:
    >
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smelts


    I thought the plural for "smelt" was "smelt".

  14. #14
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    On 2009-09-23, Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I thought the plural for "smelt" was "smelt".


    Hah! Good catch. I agree.

    nb

  15. #15
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    On Tue, 22 Sep 2009 19:31:33 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Dan Abel wrote:
    >>
    >> In article <[email protected]>,
    >> notbob <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >> > On 2009-09-23, Janet Bostwick <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> >
    >> > > No
    >> >
    >> > I was not aware there were freshwater smelt. I used to by fresh smelt
    >> > (Pacific Ocean) and pan fry them. I don't see them much, anymore.

    >>
    >> Wiki says they are mostly in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, but are
    >> commonly found in certain fresh water places also. The Great Lakes were
    >> specifically mentioned, but other places also:
    >>
    >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smelts

    >
    >I thought the plural for "smelt" was "smelt".


    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smelts
    <quote>
    * Main Entry: 1smelt
    * Pronunciation: \?smelt\
    * Function: noun
    * Inflected Form(s): plural smelts or smelt
    * Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Norwegian
    smelte whiting
    * Date: before 12th century

    any of a family (Osmeridae) of small bony fishes that closely resemble
    the trouts in general structure, live along coasts and ascend rivers
    to spawn or are landlocked, and have delicate oily flesh with a
    distinctive odor and taste
    <end quote>

    The little ones from Lake Erie we simply flour, deep fry and eat
    whole, head, insides and all.

    Ross.

  16. #16
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    On Tue 22 Sep 2009 09:28:56p, told us...

    > On Tue, 22 Sep 2009 19:31:33 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>Dan Abel wrote:
    >>>
    >>> In article <[email protected]>, notbob
    >>> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>> > On 2009-09-23, Janet Bostwick <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>> >
    >>> > > No
    >>> >
    >>> > I was not aware there were freshwater smelt. I used to by fresh

    smelt
    >>> > (Pacific Ocean) and pan fry them. I don't see them much, anymore.
    >>>
    >>> Wiki says they are mostly in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, but are
    >>> commonly found in certain fresh water places also. The Great Lakes

    were
    >>> specifically mentioned, but other places also:
    >>>
    >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smelts

    >>
    >>I thought the plural for "smelt" was "smelt".

    >
    > http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smelts
    > <quote>
    > * Main Entry: 1smelt
    > * Pronunciation: \?smelt\
    > * Function: noun
    > * Inflected Form(s): plural smelts or smelt
    > * Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Norwegian
    > smelte whiting
    > * Date: before 12th century
    >
    > any of a family (Osmeridae) of small bony fishes that closely resemble
    > the trouts in general structure, live along coasts and ascend rivers
    > to spawn or are landlocked, and have delicate oily flesh with a
    > distinctive odor and taste
    > <end quote>
    >
    > The little ones from Lake Erie we simply flour, deep fry and eat
    > whole, head, insides and all.
    >
    > Ross.
    >


    I remember those. There used to be an Italian restaurant in downtown
    Cleveland that served up a platter of those deep fried smelts as an
    appetizer. It was near the Chesterfield Apartment Bldg.

    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


  17. #17
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    On Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:28:56 -0400, [email protected] wrote:

    > The little ones from Lake Erie we simply flour, deep fry and eat
    > whole, head, insides and all.


    I remember my first batch of smelts. It was at a Bob's Big Boy or a
    Howard Johnson just south of the Canadian Border somewhere (so it
    was probably bordering on of the The Lakes. I remember it odd they
    were on the on the menu as this was a place we always ate at around
    home and they never had "smelts" on the menu. I think I ordered
    them because of their name. But I was in love from then on (I was
    probably about 10).

    Fortunately, I found I could get them prepared back home at Wholey's
    Fish Market's lunch counter.

    -sw

  18. #18
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please


    "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 2009-09-23, Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> There sure are fresh water smelt. Every spring they migrate up rivers
    >> and streams. Smelt fishermen will be hanging out with their nets and
    >> bringing them in by the bushel. They usually just slit the bellies open
    >> and scoop out the innards, dredge them in flour and deep fry them.

    >
    > hmmm.... must be bigger than Pacific smelt. We jes cooked em whole.
    >
    > nb


    No, they are smaller. You cooked them whole with the guts inside?
    Janet



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    Dan Abel Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    In article <[email protected]> ,
    "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > On 2009-09-23, Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >> There sure are fresh water smelt. Every spring they migrate up rivers
    > >> and streams. Smelt fishermen will be hanging out with their nets and
    > >> bringing them in by the bushel. They usually just slit the bellies open
    > >> and scoop out the innards, dredge them in flour and deep fry them.

    > >
    > > hmmm.... must be bigger than Pacific smelt. We jes cooked em whole.
    > >
    > > nb

    >
    > No, they are smaller. You cooked them whole with the guts inside?


    My cousin lived in Spain for a few years. She graduated from high
    school there, as did her younger sister. They went to an "American"
    high school on a US military base. My cousin developed a taste for
    whole cooked fish. I think they were one bite, and were free at the
    bar. I don't know if she was old enough to drink, but they didn't seem
    to have a problem with kids coming in and eating a few appetizers.

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

  20. #20
    D Guest

    Default Re: Quick lesson in eating smelt please

    Sqwertz wrote:
    > On Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:28:56 -0400, [email protected] wrote:
    >
    >> The little ones from Lake Erie we simply flour, deep fry and eat
    >> whole, head, insides and all.

    >
    > I remember my first batch of smelts. It was at a Bob's Big Boy or a
    > Howard Johnson just south of the Canadian Border somewhere (so it
    > was probably bordering on of the The Lakes. I remember it odd they
    > were on the on the menu as this was a place we always ate at around
    > home and they never had "smelts" on the menu. I think I ordered
    > them because of their name. But I was in love from then on (I was
    > probably about 10).
    >
    > Fortunately, I found I could get them prepared back home at Wholey's
    > Fish Market's lunch counter.
    >
    > -sw


    I mail order my Langostinos from Wholey's. The owner sends an email
    after every purchase. Nice touch! Their lobster bisque is also VERY good!

    D

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