Wednesday, February 01, 2006

CUISINES OF THE WORLD: Putrified Shark.




Large sharks have lots of nasty gear in them, ammonia, heavy metals, and in some cases, cyanic acid.
you would think that this would stop crew from eating em huh?

well, no...Some clever chap in iceland discovered if you let the Shark go rotten, you could eat it without vomiting blood..

Apparently, it is like eating a piece of urine soaked rotten fish...

In case you want to try to make some yourself, and you know you do, here is the recipe, but be careful, because believe it or not, you can fack-up the process and spoil it....If it tastes as good as they say when it's done right, imagine what it must taste like if you get it wrong?


Putrefied shark:

Take one large shark, gut and discard the innards, the cartilage and the head. Cut flesh into large pieces.Wash in running water to get all slime and blood off. Dig a large hole in coarse gravel, preferably down by the sea and far from the nearest inhabited house - this is to make sure the smell doesn't bother anybody. Put in the shark pieces, and press them well together. It's best to do this when the weather is fairly warm (but not hot), as it hastens the curing process. Cover with more gravel and put heavy rocks on top to press down. Leave for 6-7 weeks (in summer) to 2-3 months (in winter). During this time, fluid will drain from the shark flesh, and putrefication will set in.


When the shark is soft and smells like ammonia, remove from the gravel, wash, and hang in a drying shack. This is a shack or shed with plenty of holes to let the wind in, but enough shade to prevent the sun from shining directly on the shark. Let it hang until it is firm and fairly dry: 2-4 months. Warm, windy and dry weather will hasten the process, while cold, damp and still weather will delay it.

Slice off the brown crust, cut the whitish flesh into small pieces and serve.


YOU CAN'T BEAT ANY RECIPE THAT REQUIRES GRAVEL...I KNOW I KEEP A COUPLE HUNDRED KILOS OF THE STUFF IN MY PANTRY!

5 Comments:

Blogger bronson said...

hey i tried this and it taste likes piss lmao

5:38 AM  
Blogger billy hunt said...

ugh-get me an ambulance,i got it wrong- too many light holes in the shack -hang on,i think ive still got some stomach lining to hurl................nah its ok,it was only my liver :)

9:01 AM  
Blogger Phil L said...

I tried some in Iceland, it's outrageous. There's a liqueur called brennevin (check spelling) that you should wash it down with, a strong caraway flavour. Neutralises the ammonia from the shark. As my family friends had bought the shark for me to show off a tradition, I really needed to put on a brave face and not spit it out, so I ate a fair bit. Our friend's 9 year old daughter casually ate it like sweets, so it's obviously an aquired taste...

6:35 AM  
Blogger Corey Bryant said...

This is for real? I mean, how do you come up with something like this? "Oh shit, I forgot the shark in the shed..." "Wait, this is good - minus the brown crust?" WTH? It's amazing what people eat... As Phil said, the 9 year old ate it like sweets...but DAMN!

7:12 PM  
Blogger Corey Bryant said...

This is for real? I mean, how do you come up with something like this? "Oh shit, I forgot the shark in the shed..." "Wait, this is good - minus the brown crust?" WTH? It's amazing what people eat... As Phil said, the 9 year old ate it like sweets...but DAMN!

7:13 PM  

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