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Oct 13, 2013 05:26 AM

Where are the smoked kippers?

As a child my father would sometimes bring home a couple of smoked kippers. Each about 14" long, 5" wide and nice and thick. Tail on. Wrapped in newspaper. For lunch mom would steam-saute them. Lots of bread and butter. Stunk the place up but they were delicious!
Recently I thought I'd like to have them again. It took no end of searching for some and when I did get them they were tiny little stinky things kryowrapped. [sp?] EXPENSIVE! and tasteless.
Does anyone know where I can get 'original' kippers?

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  1. I think they are taking a nap.

    1. You can get 8 to 10 inch lightly smoked fillets down here. They shrink wrap them in the back. I believe it supports the British colonial population emigrated from the Caribbean. I love them straight, or mixed into boiled potatoes. Cost is about $4 per pound.

      Another reason to look forward to visiting the land of the Mouse.

      1. Answer to the OP probably depends on where in the world you are. If I want kippers, I just go to the supermarket or the fishmonger. Fishmonger is more likely to have them unwrapped.

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          1. re: Puffin3


            Personally, I don't like the whole fish, although my partner does have them ocasionally for breakfats or lunch. We do make a pate from them which I find more enjoyable.

            Probably our best kippers come from the Isle of Man, which is a self-governing island outside of the UK, in the Irish Sea.

            1. re: Harters

              The IofM is where I keep my $. LOL

              1. re: Puffin3

                Always envious of those who have need of offshore tax havens.

                You should try the Channel Islands. Must nicer weather than the IoM if ever you feel the need to visit your ill-gotten gains.


                1. re: Harters

                  But then you will have little chance of running into Jeremy Clarkson, who resides on IofM.

                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    Didnt know that about Clarkson - thought he lived in the Cotswolds.

                    By the by, we had a few days on the island last year (it's a 3 hour ferry journey from Liverpool). A strangely old-fashioned feel to the place - almost as though it hadnt moved on much from its heyday as a tourist place in the 50s. Food wasnt up to much either - for example -

                    1. re: Harters

                      Did you watch 'Two Thousand Acres of Skye'?

                      1. re: Puffin3

                        'Fraid not. Did it have a relevance to kippers?

                        Or to you - or your IoM stash? LOL

        1. Well now, guess what !! When I saw your remarks I almost fell out of my chair..thank god for the arms. I had trouble finding those split kippers so when I did find them back east I bought 100 pounds; they arrived today packed in dry ice and they are now in my chest freezer...10 boxes, 10 pounds each box, lovely grub. My mum fed them to us in England and to cook them to my taste I put them (thawed) on foil in the oven at 350deg for 20 min. You are then able to lift the main bone out and attack the flesh.