|Chitina, view of the silty river|
|This trail gets pretty hairy but if you can make and have the determination to fish it's FUN. This is my boys posing for mom. This is where the DMV closes off the trail for vehicles.|
|The mighty Copper River from my view as I gave up dipnetting. :)|
Sushi? Yes we did. My hubby grabbed some soy sauce and diced up some fresh salmon for us to snack on as a wonderful treat while I was busting a move on those bad boys. This is sushi Alaskan Native style.
My husband was pretty proud of this fillet. I mean come on, wouldn't you be? It's pretty spectacular!
The big huge challenge.............I had two of these going and I've used these for the last two summers and they overheat and they are a real pain in the @ss!!! I think my face flushes just looking at this picture.
The solution! That same brother in law I featured earlier became my hero in about 37 seconds after the first use of this monster. This food saver I think he said was $750.00. Worth every darn penny in my opinion. In fact, I'm pining for one. :) Then there is always that well if he has one we can use...why buy one in the back of my mind. At any rate, if you process a lot of meat this is the way to go. It saved my life that night.
6 hours after I started filleting my first fish my end result was 110lbs of packaged pure awesomeness.
But no I wasn't done yet.
These fish were exceptionally large and had a lot of meat on the back bone still so I canned a lot of it for sandwiches and spreads this winter...doesn't this look delightful??? mmm mmm mmmm
Well, operation Sockeye took me 9 hours in total. I finished up around 12:30 am and I loved almost every minute of it. I also made some blueberry jam in that time I was waiting on the pressure cooker. It was a good harvest.