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Fresh herring

lihsiawang Oct 7, 2009 01:57 PM

Anyone know where to get fresh/or salted herring that's not sweet?

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  1. escargot3 RE: lihsiawang Oct 7, 2009 04:27 PM

    I actually enjoy the fresh pickled herring in wine sauce at the Berkeley Bowl. (They make their own.) It's in the refrigerator across from the fish counter.

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      lihsiawang RE: escargot3 Oct 8, 2009 12:36 PM

      I like that too, but it's sweet.

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        escargot3 RE: lihsiawang Oct 8, 2009 04:29 PM

        wow, you're sensitive. I've not thought of it as sweet - but traditional eastern european herring does use some sugar for the pickling process.

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          bigwheel042 RE: escargot3 Oct 8, 2009 06:08 PM

          I'm the same way. Although pickled herring isn't candy or anything, there is a definite difference in taste between a fresh and pickled herring. A really fresh herring has a complicated flavor that tends to get obscured by the pickling liquid.

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      bigwheel042 RE: lihsiawang Oct 8, 2009 12:47 PM

      I got some that was pretty good at one of the Russian delis on Geary. I think it was Gastronom but I'm not 100% sure which one I went into. The fish I ended up with was vacuum packed/pre-gutted and came from the fridge, but they do have whole fish available if you, in the owner's words, "want to make a mess."

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        greatferm RE: lihsiawang Jan 25, 2013 04:34 PM

        Pickled at Costco Novato.

        If it's too sweet, drain it and refill it with vinegar to your taste.

        Now, fresh, raw herring ? Supposed to be a very good run, who has it for sale ?

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          escargot3 RE: greatferm Jan 26, 2013 12:12 PM

          I'm eager to get my paws on fresh raw herring to pickle on my own.

          Please post if you find it.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: escargot3 Jan 26, 2013 12:23 PM

            There should be plenty around, I had it at Plum and Incanto in recent weeks. Monterey Fish for sure:


            Try the usual suspects.


        2. wolfe RE: lihsiawang Jan 26, 2013 04:50 PM

          Monterey Fish $5.50 a pound.

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            Glencora RE: wolfe Jan 26, 2013 04:55 PM

            I'm pretty sure fresh herring (and sardines, too) were 3.50 a pound today.

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            lmnopm RE: lihsiawang Jan 26, 2013 07:05 PM

            La Bedaine had cold smoked herring today - made in the same style as his usual trout. Quite tasty. 10 fillets (5 fish?) - $5, I believe.

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