1. IronNoggin

    IronNoggin Well-Known Member

    I know I initiated another thread on this topic, but thought I'd run a stand-alone of the process - as much for my own future reference as anything else...

    Partially thaw said Tuna: - it is easier to loin when it is still fairly stiff deep inside:

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    Rip the hide, and yes, Rum Required for this entire process!

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    Loin & remove brown meat:

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    Mix well 4 parts demerara sugar with 3 parts coarse salt (I like Sea Salt for this) and layer around 1/2 inch deep in bottom of tote. Toss in loins:

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    Smother loins with mix:

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    Cold enough outside this next step likely wasn't necessary, but I tossed bags of ice on each tote after they were stuffed into the big stainless smoker (no room for such in our fridge):

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    Shut the doors and let sit overnight.

    This thread will be continued as the process develops...

    Cheers
     
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  2. IronNoggin

    IronNoggin Well-Known Member

    Took overnight and then some to get to this desirable stage.
    The dry brine is "dry" no more, and it is easy to see just how much moisture it has sucked out of the loins.
    The loins themselves have changed both in color and consistency.

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    Next up: the Wet Brine process...
     
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  3. IronNoggin

    IronNoggin Well-Known Member

    Wet Brine:

    3 gallons (Canadian thank you very much) of water
    4 cups Sea Salt
    5 cups demerara sugar
    2.5 cups real maple syrup
    1 bag peppercorns
    A decent handful of chopped dill.


    Should mix this a fair bit before you need. it so it can settle.
    Test run by dropping a fresh raw egg into the mix:

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    She floats, all good- Carry on...
    If not, a smidgen more salt, whip into a frenzy, and re-try until it does.

    Toss the loins in - no need to rinse.

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    Now about as fascinating as watching paint dry.
    Stir occasionally through the eve.
    Let percolate.

    Tomorrow desalination, onto prepped grills, and begin the glaze process (if all goes well...)

    Cheers,
    Nog
     
  4. Tsquared

    Tsquared Well-Known Member

    Great post Nog, keep it up!
    T2
     
  5. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    So I have to ask, what's the theory on the two types of brine?
     
  6. IronNoggin

    IronNoggin Well-Known Member

    Saturation and Consistency.
    You will see a rather startling change in the latter between each step.
    Just checked them and they are damn close to desalination time.
    And look one hell of a lot different than when they went into the wet brine.

    The double brine got me at first too. I think Mitch and I sourced the same Professionals back when, as we both developed a very similar two brine system.
    Then I recall the one Master Chef (who specializes in various types of Lox) stating that this was the most consistent method to turn out an excellent product.
    I now believe him.

    Cheers,
    Nog
     
  7. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Awesome. I usually tend to simplify recipes and truly try and understand the why more than the how. That being said after perfecting fried chicken and montreal smoked meat I've learned that simpler isn't always better. Looking forward to next steps. I have 4 loins in the freezer saved for this :)
     
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  8. Corey_lax

    Corey_lax Crew Member

    Nog, do you freeze all your tuna whole? Why not process it and seal up smaller pieces?
     
  9. IronNoggin

    IronNoggin Well-Known Member

    Came off a buddy's commercial boat. Flash frozen at sea.
    I do not thaw and re-freeze tuna for obvious reasons...

    Cheers,
    Nog
     
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  10. IronNoggin

    IronNoggin Well-Known Member

    They came out of the wet brine earlier today.
    Big changes in both color and consistency! They swelled back up quite a bit!

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    So, onto one of the most fussy and critical steps - Desalination.
    I prefer to have a LOT of water surrounding the loins at this point, and to keep a slow but steady flow of fresh water into their domain:

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    If you take your drain cap off your cooler, you can replace it with a large soft drink cap.
    Drill a small hole in the center of that so you have flow both top and bottom:

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    Having too much Tuna is never an issue if you know how to deal with it.
    And I don't see a lot of point in repeating the process when one good run will do...

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    The ones on the uphill side will freshen just a tad sooner than those on the downhill.
    Move the latter into the bigger tank while you pat dry the first lot and get ready for the grills.
    By the time you've accomplished that, the other should be ready.

    Move the loins around in the fresh water every 10 minutes or so, and keep a damn careful eye on them!
    Too little, the salt will be overbearing.
    Too much, and they become non-recoverable mush!!

    I do the double taste test - nip a little off a couple differing loins (should slice very thinly with a sharp knife).
    Taste. You will know it when you realize what you are looking for...

    This lot is now off to the grills, glaze and fans.
    Back atcha when able...

    Cheers,
    Nog
     
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  11. IronNoggin

    IronNoggin Well-Known Member

    After about and hour and a half, the loins began to look a little washed out (don't worry - this is normal and will soon be rectified).

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    Thin Slice & Taste Test said: Good To Go!

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    Funny thing about that picture - left it up on the phone while I transferred the rest of the fish to totes, then turned, saw this, and actually tried to pick it up and eat it. LOL Yummy already!

    Then, onto the racks to dry:

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    These dried very quickly - as in an hour after hitting the racks with NO fans, they were already crying for the Glaze!

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    Took advantage of that hour to prep the glaze itself. nearly 1/2 Maple Syrup, a shot of Rum Extract and top off with Black Bacardi:

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    And apply:

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    It sucked the first application up within 45 minutes, so got hit again.
    Already you can see a color transformation as they darken from the glaze.
    Normally I would have hit the fans at this point.
    But with dark rapidly buzzarding in, temps into the minuses overnight, and the way these were already sucking up the brine I decided to leave them overnight without the fans. My Buddy hit them with the glaze again at midnight and said "Looking Good".

    Today they get rolled around, glazed again, and finished drying with the fans on...
     
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