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    Just wondering if you take the time to remove pin bones? Do you leave skin on or off and if skin on do you scale them? How do you treat/handle using kings vs silvers?

    If you can provide any insight about your comments or recommendations it would be greatly appreciated
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    I treat all species of salmon -same process for all.

    I smoked for Christmas presents this week and had red, silver and king all together. Color of meat and thickness of grain is hie I can tell the difference.

    I remove skin, I think it smokes better.

    I cut them into little uniform pieces to make 3 sizes of thickness. Thick-top of back, medium-tail and thin-belly. When I load onto racks I put like pieces together so the rack finishes at the same time.

    I don't remove bones before I smoke. If I want to- I do after smoked. After because the meat shrinks a little bit and exposes the bone. Use fingers or tweezers/needle nose and they slide right out.

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    I can and smoke at the same time. I skin em. I use the parts with bones for canning and the parts without for smoking. I don't pull bones.

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    We can all our smoked salmon. Salmon is smoked with the skin on, in strips/chunks. Skin removed from smoked chunks before canning. Bones are not removed, and once canned, they soften so you do not notice them.
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    Skin on and bones out, if smoked/kippered fillets or strips.
    Skin off and bones in, if canning.

    If canning, I skin the fillets and cut to jar length before dry brining and cold smoking.
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    I also do all my salmon the same.
    I always leave the skin on and the bones in. This has always worked well for me.
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    So for those of you that are leaving the skin on do you scale them or just leave them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tboehm View Post
    So for those of you that are leaving the skin on do you scale them or just leave them?
    Personally I just leave the scales on.
    I haven't had issues with scales coming off or causing any problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kasilofchrisn View Post
    Personally I just leave the scales on.
    I haven't had issues with scales coming off or causing any problems.
    Same here.
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    I leave the skin on with scales and pin bones in. It has always came out great for me. I keep it simple just using brown sugar and salt.


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