Surströmming (Fermented Fish)

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  1. #1 Vee, Apr 19, 2023
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2023
    I learnt to open in the sink, under water

    German food critic and author Wolfgang Fassbender wrote that "the biggest challenge when eating surströmming is to vomit only after the first bite, as opposed to before"

    In 1981, a German landlord evicted a tenant without notice after the tenant spread surströmming brine in the apartment building's stairwell. When the landlord was taken to court, the court ruled that the termination was justified when the landlord's party demonstrated their case by opening a can inside the courtroom.

    The court concluded that it "had convinced itself that the disgusting smell of the fish brine far exceeded the degree that fellow-tenants in the building could be expected to tolerate".

    Chemical process
    The fermentation happens through autolysis and starts from a lactic acid enzyme in the spine of the fish. Together with bacteria, pungent smelling acids are formed, such as propionic acid, butyric acid and acetic acid. Hydrogen sulfide is also produced.

    The salt raises the osmotic pressure of the brine above the zone where bacteria responsible for rotting can thrive and prevents decomposition of proteins into oligopeptides and amino acids.[citation needed] Instead, the osmotic conditions enable Halanaerobium bacteria such as H. praevalens to thrive and decompose the fish glycogen into organic acids, making it sour (acidic).[7][8] (wiki)

    stoner advice this 4.20, if it comes from Sweden in a tin AVOID at all costs
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  2. Where the funk you been locked away.
  3. It ain't that bad, but I'm German.:coolalt:
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  4. At least you get to eat it first before the vomit
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  5. #5 TimJ, Apr 23, 2023
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2023
    I'd pass. I can't even eat Limburger cheese.
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