Canned Lake Trout

Canned Lake Trout, Eagle Lake Style…

This winter I had the chance to sample some home-canned whitefish and thought it was very tasty….and a novel way to preserve your catch for later use.  With this in mind, plus a few well placed hints before Christmas, lo and behold, what’s this I see under the tree?  Your right, my very own pressure canner!

pressure canner in action
The pressure canner

 The “How To” of Canned Lake Trout…

Well now that I had the shiny device what to do next.  The instruction manual had nothing constructive to say about canning fish but this is the beauty of the internet….seek and you shall find!  Seems pretty simple but before I can begin someone needs to catch a fish!

Canned Lake Trout, Phase 1…”Catching”

Eagle Lake Trout fishing
Ron catches a nice lake trout!
Whitefish on Eagle Lake Ontario
Jigging up a whitefish

Joanne’s husband, Ron was nice enough to volunteer his Eagle Lake trout to the canning process.  As it turns out the whitefish ended up in a recipe involving potatoes and onions that I will detail in a later post.

Canned Lake Trout…Phase 2, “Preparing”

lake trout and whitefish
Trout fillet and whitefish
Lake trout fillet
Slice into pint sized chunks
canning fish recipe
3 ingredients plus the fish
jars of fish
In pint jar add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp vinegar, fish and 1 tbp Russian dressing

The recipe is very simple…salt, vinegar and Russian salad dressing.  The fish is packed in tight with a bit of space at the top.  Boil the lids and close up the jars.

Canning Lake Trout…Phase 3, “Cooking”

pressure canning fish
Placed in the canner...some water on the bottom

Once in the canner the lid is locked on and the contents brought up to a boil.  In the center of the lid is the valve device that releases pressure.  You can control the pressure by adding the correct control device…either 5, 10 or 15 psi.  In this case I used the 15 psi control and cooked the fish for 80 minutes.  To do the same job without a pressure canner you would need to boil the jars for about 6 hours!

Canned Lake Trout…Phase 4, “It’s done!”

canned fish
Canned Lake Trout...the final product

Canned Lake Trout…”The Verdict”

If you like canned salmon then you will like canned lake trout, or any other canned fish for that matter.  I was told that canned pike is very good, so I will be looking for my next “victim” in the near future.  Thanks Ron for the trout…there is a jar of canned lake trout here with your name on it!


Canned Lake Trout

8 thoughts on “Canned Lake Trout

  1. Excellent work, Gord. Andy and I are looking forward to being notified that there are jars of canned lake trout awaiting us as well. Thanks in advance; we appreciate it.

  2. Wow, looks good Gord, maybe you can start a new VB business venture. Who knows???? Good job anyways. Now I know what to do with any whitefish I catch. Have fun see you soon.

  3. Thanks, Gord. I’m now enjoying being part of the computer age. Incidentally, there is a device called a cell phone. Think of it as a miniture cordless phone that allows people to make and receive calls from lots of places away from home. I got me one of those, too. You might want to consider one for yourself, being that you’re so involved with the computer age.

  4. Hey professor you would think you would have upgraded right away and got a phone that has the walking cordless computer on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Hi Perchmaster…When it comes to upgrades, I’m kind of conservative. The missus says I have a hard time letting go of things I’ve come to understand. But, with support from loved ones, I am capable of making changes. For example, in 2011 my friend, Andy, coached me through the process of transitioning away from my Johnson Century and Zebco 33 spin-cast reels. Now I’m getting ready for a whole new fishing experience with something called a Mitchell 300. Andy says these are the latest in hi-tech fishing reels and actually were invented by Keith Mitchell. I’m practically peeing in my pants waiting to try this out at VBL this year.

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