Pickled Herring ( Nishin-zuke )

According to the weather forecast, it will snow this weekend in Hakodate.
I wish I lived without snow all year round like my hometown.

I think that the pickles culture has developed in Hokkaido. Ancestors had survived the harsh winter with those pickles. When the fall comes, there are many kinds of homemade-pickles goods such as containers, stone weights, plastic bags and so on as well as seasonings, vegetables and other foods at the store.
When I moved to Hakodate, I ate homemade pickled herring for the first time. It was very delicious. The taste of homemade pickles is different from store one. I had wanted to learn how to make them.

Now we enjoy eating pickled Daikon radish with beer, which I made a few weeks ago. It's very delicious, and my son can't stop it. It tastes like Takuan, but it's better than that. And it doesn't taste of beer, but some people might taste a little bit bitter though I don't taste it.


And I learned pickled herring the other day. My friend measured the ingredients only by hands. I have to wait for three weeks.


Pickled Herring

5 Daikon radishes : dried outside for one week, you don't have to peel them.
500g herring: dried herring for pickles at a store, and soaked in rice water for one day.
2 carrots : peeled
2 big cabbages
some salt (about 80g)
some malted rice (about 100g)

1. cut the ingredients like photo.
2. put 3 both-handsful of Daikon radish, 2 both-handsful of cabbage, 1 both-handsful of carrot, 1 both-handsful of herring, 3 handful(not both hands) of salt and 2 handful of malted rice into a very big bowl or so.
3. mix them by hands.
4. set a plastic bag in a container.
5. put [3] into [4].
6. put a weight on [5]
7. wait for 3 weeks

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I'm glad the beer pickles turned out well. One day I hope you can teach me all of these in person!

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Hello, Always visiting,

Thank you very much for your comment always.
I'm looking forward to cooking with you!

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Pickled Herring looks very delicious!
Is this very popular in Hokkaido ?
I would like to make this pickles.
Does dried herring mean 身欠きニシン?
In Osaka , we probably can find 身欠きニシン only the end of the year for preparing おせち.
From now I will look for dried herring at the store and make it.
If I cooked it I would show you on my blog.
Thank you sakaesan.

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Hi, つやつや.

Thank you for your comment.
I think pickled herring is popular in Hokkaido. However some people don't like it. So I always ask you if you like it before I give it.
Yes, you can use 身欠きにしん. I'm looking forward to seeing it on your blog.



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I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
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