Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Gravlax translated literally from Scandinavian is:
Grav= literally grave, more correctly, "hole in the ground"
A salmon would be covered in pickling spices and buried in the sand for several day to cure The process I use is very similar except I use fancy-pants modern equipment like a refrigerator, a bread pan and plastic wrap.
The first thing to overcome is the fish... it is not cooked, it never will be. You have a couple of choices here either use sushi grade salmon from someone that you trust or make sure that it has been commercially frozen (technical talk coming up) at least 10 degrees below zero for at least 72 hours That takes care of those annoying parasites.
OK, now that your fish is ready it is time for the curing mix... I use a mixture of Kosher Salt and Sugar mixed half and half then I add fresh ground pepper, I don't measure. How much you ask? I am not really sure... it looks like this:
Then I add fresh dill, again how much? I don't know until it looks like this:
If you want to add any flavors now is the time I have added a splash of rum or tequila for fun, or another herb would work it is really up to you. This time I sandwiched two salmon steaks together and wrapped them tightly in plastic wrap. It seems that no matter how carefully or tightly I wrap these there is this gooey liquid that makes its way out of the wrap that is why I always cure these in a bread pan. It takes about three days in all, I turn the salmon over every morning before I go to work. After three or four days unwrap rinse it off and you are set.