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Use the science of curing to turn salmon into gravlax at home


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Use the science of curing to turn salmon into gravlax at home

Salt curing preserves salmon while allowing great flavours to develop. Find out the secrets of this age-old technique of preservation and make gravlax at home Humans 29 January 2020 By Sam Wong James WinspearWhat you need Salmon Salt Sugar Dill SALT curing is an age-old way of preserving meat and fish and enhancing flavour. It…

Use the science of curing to turn salmon into gravlax at home

Salt curing preserves salmon while allowing great flavours to develop. Find out the secrets of this age-old technique of preservation and make gravlax at home



Humans



29 January 2020

By Sam Wong

gravlax salmon

James Winspear

What you need


Salmon


Salt


Sugar


Dill

SALT curing is an age-old way of preserving meat and fish and enhancing flavour. It is also easy to do at home.

It works by drawing water out of microbial cells that cause food to spoil, killing them or slowing their growth. The meat or fish also loses moisture, concentrating its flavour. This is further improved in meat by enzymes continuing to break down proteins over time. This produces glutamate, creating an enhanced “umami” taste – a subject we will revisit later in the series. The salt also dissolves myosin, …

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