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I made pickled salmon a few days ago. I clearly did not cook it enough before pickling it for four days in vinegar. It is basically raw and completely falling apart.

Can I recook it now by boiling it in its own pickling juice, or is that not a smart thing to do?

  • can you describe your pickling process? – moscafj Jan 13 '16 at 13:18
  • I mixed vinegar, water and sugar. brought to a boil. dropped the fish in for less than a minute. Removed the fish. Poured the liquid on top and put in the fridge. – mir Jan 13 '16 at 18:17
  • Do you have ratios on vinegar/sugar/water? – Daniel Chui Jan 13 '16 at 23:02
  • equal sugar and vingar. 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup each of vinegar and sugar. – mir Jan 14 '16 at 16:56
  • You should change the title, "undercooked" instead of "uncooked". Anyway... this is a two part process, boiling (cook with heat) and then pickling (preserving in an acid brine). If you failed in the first step, then you cannot solve it with the preserving, or reboiling. It will be a different product, not pickled salmon. – roetnig May 29 '17 at 15:16
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I wouldn't eat it as leaving it raw with such a weak pickling solutiong for multiple days is somewhat risky. A general rule for pickling solution should be 1:1 water to vinegar, and if your fish still seems completely raw the acid was not strong enough to denature any proteins on its own so I wouldn't trust its germ killing potential.

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