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    Pickled Herring

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    20 mins

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    Midwest Maven's Note:

    A Scandinavian delight, and one my family loves :) It's a tradition to eat it at midnight on New Year's Eve for good luck in the coming year too! **(time does not include chill times)

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    1. 1
      Dissolve 3 tablespoons of the salt in 3 cups of cold water.
    2. 2
      Put the herring in the salt water, cover and refrigerate for 12 hours.
    3. 3
      Put the remaining salt, the vinegar, sugar, allspice berries, peppercorns, and bay leaves in a small saucepan with 1 cup of water.
    4. 4
      Stir this mixture over med/high heat until the sugar dissolves, then remove from the heat and cool.
    5. 5
      Remove the herring from the salt water and put in a shallow baking dish.
    6. 6
      Put the onions on top of the fish, then pour in the pickling mixture.
    7. 7
      Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    8. 8
      Serve right from the dish, yum!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 07, 2010


      Perfect for my DH! He loved this and thought he was in heaven! Loved the use of allspice berry here too. Started this project 2 days ago, and what a lovely day to eat a pickled herring. The sugar was taken down to 1/4 cup to adjust for sweetness. Made for ZWT 6

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    • on June 06, 2010


      ZWT6: Another recipe I made just for my German hubby - right up his alley!! He loved it - I served it on homemade caraway-rye bread

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    • on June 06, 2010


      I think I'd prefer it with less sugar,but other than that I can't complain of anything. I'm just happy that I was able to make pickled herring at home. This was a first for me. The hardest part of this is the waiting period. Thanks for sharing. Made for Zwt 6.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pickled Herring

    Serving Size: 1 (271 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 383.4
    Calories from Fat 138
    Total Fat 15.4 g
    Saturated Fat 3.4 g
    Cholesterol 102.0 mg
    Sodium 7228.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 26.2 g
    Protein 30.8 g

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    allspice berries

    white peppercorns

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