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Seeking recipe to use "juice" from canned salmon

Enso Dec 2, 2010 12:44 PM

I've been saving and freezing the water and salmon oil that I drain off when I open a can. Do you think the flavored water is not worth it, and I should only 'harvest' the salmon oil?

In either case, what ingredients (see note below) would pair well in using this? I don't know much about cooking with fish. I'd like to find a few recipes I can use to make with the water, or at least the oil.

PLEASE NOTE: I need recipes that do *NOT* contain:
-- corn
-- potatoes
-- any kind of grain (including flour, pasta, rice, etc).

  1. coll Dec 6, 2010 01:08 AM

    Glad to see I'm not the only one who calls it "juice". I'm surprised they don't sell it as just that at Petco, they could collect it from all the delis after they make their tuna salad. Wish I was more of an entrepreneur.

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      robt5265 Dec 4, 2010 07:53 PM

      I use it in the thick white sauce used to bind croquettes.

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      1. re: robt5265
        goodhealthgourmet Dec 4, 2010 08:13 PM

        i've never seen a croquette without at least some potato, or flour, or bread, or bread crumbs...or a bechamel without flour.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
          robt5265 Dec 5, 2010 08:00 PM

          how is a bechamel made without flour?

          1. re: robt5265
            goodhealthgourmet Dec 5, 2010 08:05 PM

            it's not - that was my point. you said you use it in the "thick white sauce" to bind your croquettes. that sauce is a bechamel, isn't it? so it contains flour. the OP specifically requested suggestions that *don't* contain flour or potato, so i was wondering why you mentioned croquettes and white sauce, since, as i said, i've never seen a bechamel made without flour or a croquette made without potato or a bread/flour product.

      2. visciole Dec 2, 2010 02:25 PM

        You can use it as part of the stock in a fish stew like bouillabaisse or cioppino.

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        1. re: visciole
          JerryMe Dec 2, 2010 05:14 PM

          That's a very good idea Visciole - I only use the 'juice' to add to salmon loaf w/ oatmeal. Or crackers but the OP stated that they're off the grains. So maybe oatmeal but it will need some extra salt or dill to match it.

          I don't have pets so I wouldn't save it for that.

          1. re: visciole
            Enso Dec 3, 2010 05:06 PM

            I don't know nothing about those furin foods! ;-) I guess I'll spend a little time with my teacher, Prof. Google. UPDATE: chow-spouse is allergic to shellfish, so scratch the boui... or ciop...

            Salmon load would be a good use, but I don't think one could make a successful one without grains, such as oatmeal... Maybe a salmon mousse with lots of eggs instead? Doesn't sound too appetizing to me.

            And no pets in this house. I want to use this stuff for us people.

            1. re: Enso
              Enso Dec 4, 2010 01:51 PM

              salmon load => salmon loaf

              1. re: Enso
                bushwickgirl Dec 4, 2010 01:58 PM

                You could definitely make a salmon chowder, with vegetables, no potatoes, no corn, and no need to thicken with flour, maybe tomato based. Use the canning liquid for stock and add the salmon at the end of cooking, just to heat through. I never use any thickener in my chowders, anyway.

              2. re: Enso
                visciole Dec 4, 2010 05:34 PM

                Just make it with mixed fish and no shellfish. It won't be the same but it'll still be good.

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              shallots Dec 2, 2010 01:20 PM

              I was going to suggest such waters will get the attention of the pickiest feline.

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              1. re: shallots
                bushwickgirl Dec 2, 2010 01:31 PM

                Oh, yes, there is joyous kitty dancing in my kitchen when mommy opens a can of salmon.

              2. Ruth Lafler Dec 2, 2010 01:08 PM

                I don't know about human consumption, but if you have a dog, adding salmon water/oil to its food will make its coat really soft and shiny. Not to mention it will probably love it.

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                1. re: Ruth Lafler
                  bushwickgirl Dec 2, 2010 01:29 PM

                  And my cats love it as well. Other than that, I occasionally use it to moisten salmon loaf or salmon salad, or as a base for a cream sauce for fish cakes or salmon soups/chowders. But mostly it's for the cats. Not a big call in recipes for that liquid.

                  To the OP - Salmon oil? I guess you mean salmon fat, but I've never seen that in canned salmon.

                  1. re: bushwickgirl
                    Val Dec 2, 2010 03:16 PM

                    awww, bushwickgirl, that's what I do...give the salmon juice to Kermit & Simba, my kits...they lap it up!

                    1. re: bushwickgirl
                      Enso Dec 3, 2010 05:04 PM

                      It's liquid, so I call it oil. I consider "(fill in the blank) fat" to be a solid, blubbery substance/texture.

                      It's really good canned salmon, not farmed stuff, or what's available in most grocery stores.

                      I haven't yet seen a salmon soup/chowder recipe that doesn't use a starch--either flour or potatoes, and there's probably a reason for that so that omitting it would be somewhat less than delicious. That's my theory, anyway.

                    2. re: Ruth Lafler
                      Breadcrumbs Dec 2, 2010 03:23 PM

                      That's funny! When I read the header for this post the first "recipe" that came to mind was "Pour liquid into small bowl and feed to awaiting "cat" "dog".

                      Our chow-hound and feline foodie line up too when they hear the can opener!

                      Alternatively, I suppose I could use the salmon water in a salmon chowder. Much to the dismay of the animals!

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