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WASHOKU with photos / How to make dried fish (HIMONO) in your refrigerator.

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When you make HIMONO at home, normally drying basket is required and put it outside your house. If you have baskets and enough space, then it is OK. But...in case not. Or you would have anxiety that a wild cat might take and bring it their home...

 

You do not care about it ! You can make HIMONO (dried fish) in your refrigerator.

 

After lot buying fresh fish, a few fishes might be rest. And when you get a lot of fish by fishing, also a few rest will be in your hands. In that case, you can enjoy making HIMONO at home.

 

Is HIMONO just a preserved food? No! This is one of decent cooking method to make fish tastier. In HIMONO, salt is working to maitain texture. And drying process leads HIMONO to concentrate its umami.  And you will feel delicious when salt matches with meat of fish.

 

Today I have 2 fish (horse mackerels) of leftover and will show you how to make HIMONO in a fridge.

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 fishes ( today, horse mackerels)
  • water 800ml
  • salt 70g

Instructions

  1. Cut fish as you like.
  2. Make salt solution ( 8% ). Put 70g of salt into 800ml of water.
  3. Soak fishes into salt salution about 30 minites.
  4. After rinsing fishes with fresh water, wipe out all moisuture.
  5. Put fishes on the tray and put it in the fridge for 1 or 2 days. Do not use any cover in order to dry well.
  6. Grill your HIMONO. ENJOY.

 

Photos and explanation

Today I will use 2 horse mackerels. Total weight 330g, Length 21cm. I will slice the one "from back" and the other "from belly".

アジ2尾の写真

 

"From back"

背開きを始める写真

 

Do not cut the skin of belly. Leave all intestines carefully.

背開きの写真

 

"From belly". Leave the skin of back side.

腹開きを始める写真

 

"From back"

"From belly"

背開きと腹開きの写真

 

Soak fishes into salt salution (8%) about 30 minites.

塩水につけた写真

 

 30 minites have passed.

浸けて30分後の写真

 

Eyes became cloudy with salt.

アジの目が白濁している写真

 

Rinse with fresh water and wipe all the moisture.

水分を拭き取る写真

 

 

I always use tray for fried food. This will make fishes dry easily.  If you do not have this, place some stick under fishes. Put this in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days

揚げ物トレーにアジを乗せた写真

 

I will show you a table below, which indicate tweight (g) of fishes. In the begining, total was 278g. After 1 day, became 246g. After 2 days, it showed 221g, reducing 57g totally, which means 21% weight reduciton.

weight table


This is "after 1day" in the friege.

1日後の干物の写真

 

Shineness was observed. Sticky like scotch tape.

1日後の干物の写真

1日後の干物の写真

 

This is "after 2days". Turned brown a bit.

2日後の干物の写真

 

Shineness was reduced slightly. NOT sticky, means dry.

2日後の干物の写真

 

2日後の干物の写真

 

Let's get grilled。I normally use grill room. Start to grill from skin side about 5 minites with over high heat. Another 4 minites after turn back.(top="from belly"、bottom="from back")

干物を焼く前の写真

 

Grilled it well ! This is "from back" one.

焼き上がり(背開き)の写真

 

Next is "from belly". Looks like good !!!

焼き上がり(腹開き)の写真

 

This is salty enough, so you do not need any seasoning.

焼き上がり(腹開き)を箸でとった写真

Enjoy !!!

 

Conclusion

This time I explained how to make HIMONO (dried fish) in your refrigerator at home. Please regard this recipe as a base. If you like more salty, keep it more long time in salt solution. And if you like more soft texture, plese reduce drying time in the friege. You can change taste as you like. I will add one more thing. Fresh fish is always good for making HIMONO. Why don't you try it ?