The "Hooligan Crew" will be hitting the Susitna over Memorial Weekend and plan on loading up on hooligan...
i'm really interested in rendering the oil in the tradition of the natives of the southeast and pacific northwest.
but i'm guessing that fermenting hooligan in a pit in my backyard for a week is not going to make me popular with the neighbors...
has anyone rendered the oil in a home process?
are there shortcuts to the fermenting process?
thanks for any help...
Excellent question. I've thought about that, too.
I bet it would be great for soaking or injecting into other baits.
I'm curious to see what others say about how it's done in a traditional manner.
For high effieiency, I'm thinking that you'd need to press and/or centrifuge the liquids out...then separate the oil. Perhaps boiling/steeping them whole and in water and then skimming the oil off is simplest the way to go...you'd still be able to freeze and use the rest for shrimp bait/chum bag to maximize the utilization. I'd hate to see waste...
coho... i bet you're right :-)
as for traditional methods...here's some info i came across.
i particularly like how they cooked the hooligan in dugout canoes with hot rocks... and the oil waterproofed the vessel.
thanks sayak...i'm going to give it a try.