Ok, this article is nothing for vegans, people sensitive to industrial food processing, etc. – so you have been warned!
It starts with the ice… Well, when the fish is caught it’s far too much to process directly so they keep the fish in boxes with ice in between to cool it down until the filleting could be done
While there is nothing to do – why not have a small chat?
They don’t gut there – it’s just the accumulated ichor
rather morbid I agree
sorting the cod into different sizes
like in “Snow White”
That’s a bigger on (around 7 kg) – the biggest they ever got was 37 kg
If you are unsure use the scale
entry registration and checks
cleaning the soiled boxes
getting the fish out in a conveyer belt
removing full boxes
and bringing more supply for the conveyer
Well you know this…
A storage unit which will be cooled one day (and then filleted tomorrow)
That’s basking shark which after being pressed (squeezed) will be matured (ok, rotten is the correct word) for some weeks and when nicely tender it is cut in small pieces and eaten raw. Actually tastes quite good (I like a piece here and there), but the smell could awaken the dead – it might be because the resemblance is so strong…
A new transport to the harbour to get new supplies
and ice again…
That’s what local people eat – smoked fat fish side. It tastes… Well, different… Just assume pure fat smoked over peat with sheep do-dos… You get the idea
checking the boxes and from which boat
getting the excess liquid out
a “catfish” – the one we bought as fillet
quite a familiar resemblance?
hush, beauty – you taste good…
The plaice is thrown away normally (as they have no quota for it), so we got it for free (in principle). Actually I bought a mackerel but they had no price for that either – but when seeing the place I changed my mind…
The only problem is that our pan can’t handle it
So, with one (real) large piece in the freezer – three fit the pan
So in the end we got 1.2 kg of filleted cat-fish (they do it by hand here, still…) plus the plaice for a total of 2000 ISK which is around 13 €… You can’t beat that!