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Paleo filleting techniques - or lack thereof

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 02, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Last night I used a dull knife to fillet a fish. It was just an experiment with a bargain-basement breed of fish, so I didn't bother to look for my good knife (still can't find it, might have to go buy one). Anyway, it got me wondering, if all I had was sharpened rocks or clam shells or something, I couldn't even think of filleting, could I? So, what's the original paleo way to butcher a fish?

By the way, the fish was delicious. I'm gonna buy more of that breed. It's called sheep's head or drumfish, and when I was on SAD, I thought it was the most foul-smelling, godawful creature in creation. Boy, how tastes change!

EDIT

I shouldn't have said dull knife. It was just an inappropriate kitchen knife, too wide and too ridgid. But just as bad as a dull knife.

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on November 16, 2011
at 07:51 PM

Pre-brain? Wow, we didn't even have jaws back then, how could we eat fish anyway? No, I'm gonna try akman's slow cooker suggestion. I tried with old bones already, overcooked it bad enough to flush it straight down the toilet. I think I'll try it with buffalo fish, which is impossible to fillet but tastes like walleye.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:45 PM

My suspicion is they didn't bother cleaning it. Munch munch munch.

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:15 PM

I think they'd probably eat it raw some of the time, but if you don't want parasites, you could just roast/grill the whole thing and then peel off the scales and bones when it's cooked.

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on November 02, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Did the cavemen cut the fish at all? They probably ate it with their bare hands, right?

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on November 02, 2011
at 06:32 PM

Try this: Don't fillet the fish at all. Put the whole thing (guts is up to you) in a crock pot with a little water. Cook an hour or three. Pull out all the meat you find, then cover the bones with more water and a little vinegar. cook that on medium over night and enjoy some outstanding fish stock the next day.

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on November 16, 2011
at 07:30 PM

Tools is what we do, and maybe pre-brain we ate fish raw and whole, but I've seen a lot of crudely split gutted fish staked for cooking and smoking. Over in Germany you see the steckelfisch, which is no more than a fish on a stick cooked like a marshmallow.

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on November 16, 2011
at 07:51 PM

Pre-brain? Wow, we didn't even have jaws back then, how could we eat fish anyway? No, I'm gonna try akman's slow cooker suggestion. I tried with old bones already, overcooked it bad enough to flush it straight down the toilet. I think I'll try it with buffalo fish, which is impossible to fillet but tastes like walleye.

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