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    Pickled Herring

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    Rita~'s Note:

    A polish recipe. My Mom makes for Cristmas Eve. Just be sure to change the water while soaking. On New Years Eve after the toast it is Good Luck to have a bit of Herring.

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    1. 1
      Soak the fillets in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.
    2. 2
      Change water twice.
    3. 3
      To make the pickling solution, combine water, vinegar, seasonings and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil.
    4. 4
      Stir to dissolve sugar; let cool.
    5. 5
      Rinse the fillets with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
    6. 6
      Cut fish in 1-inch pieces removing bones.
    7. 7
      Peel and slice onion.
    8. 8
      Separate slices into rings.
    9. 9
      Arrange herring and onion rings in alternate layers in sterilized jars.
    10. 10
      Cover with pickling solution and cap.
    11. 11
      Refrigerate at least 3 days before serving.
    12. 12
      The herring will keep up to 3 weeks refrigerated.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 09, 2009


      Of all the pickled herring recipes, this one is the best. The sugar gives the brine an even balance; it does not taste salty or sour.Just like my late mother used to make it. Thank You!

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    • on November 06, 2005


      One of my ex-mothers-in-law – my Israeli ex-mother-in-law – used to make this, and make an even bigger deal about how long it took her to make it, but now I see that though yes there’s some time between the making and the eating, it’s incredibly simple and easy to make. I made this yesterday, so I’ll have to wait a few days before I can report back on it. But for the moment, the simplicity and clarity of the instructions – and for the demystifying of this recipe – five stars, without a doubt!

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    • on June 16, 2004


      Rita, this is the most wonderful recipe for Pickled herring. I just love this stuff, and could eat it constantly. I am always purchasing the store-bought kind, but not anymore, I will be making my own from now on, this is so good!.....There is just no way that this will be in my fridge for 3 weeks (mabey 3 days!)...Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, I will be making this again and again, I love it!.....Kitten :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Pickled Herring

    Serving Size: 1 (1451 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 893.4
    Calories from Fat 370
    Total Fat 41.1 g
    Saturated Fat 9.2 g
    Cholesterol 272.1 mg
    Sodium 416.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 41.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    Sugars 36.0 g
    Protein 82.2 g

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