Scaling A Fish

They say that there is a lot of fish in the sea. It is just a matter of how you get to have the best out of which. If you are fond of fishing or maybe someone who likes to eat fish all day and night, you may want to be equipped with the necessary things regarding scaling one.

Scaling

In life, you cannot have everything done for you at once. You must have to do that by yourself because these things are not for you to take for granted.

One typical example of this is the fact that in most cases, grocery stores or supermarkets will provide you with fresh meat and fish with which you have to clean and cook all by yourself.

You could only let them do the job if you get to pay them or if they like so. But if not, it is already in your hands.

When it comes to fish, maybe it would be disgusting to hear that you have to get it cleaned and scaled. You might feel so gross knowing that you need to use your bare hands and scaling either a living fish or a dead fish. Scaling a living one sure would take you to a different level.

If you are willing to learn the steps in scaling a fish, take some newspapers with you so your work will not get messy. It would help if you also have a bluntly edged knife for scraping purposes. Most importantly, make sure to rinse your work with a cold type of water.

There are three easy steps for you to scale a fish. The primary step is to rinse your fish. Next to it is to scrape off the scales of the fish. Last but not least, you might as well resort to other scaling techniques. Now, below is your guide for each step.

 Rinse The Fish

When you rinse the fish, you must use a cold type of water because cold water is best to rinse off the fishy smell of which. If you happen to scale a fish, rinsing it well using cold water would eventually aid you in getting rid of the slime it has on its scales.

If you happen to hold a fish with your bare hands, it could easily slip off due to its slimy attributes. So, if you rinse it off entirely, you can then easily get a hold of it with the help of either a dry towel or any cloth.

In this manner, the chances of it slipping off your hands would be minimal. Hence, it would not burden you if you cut it off using a knife in the later part.

Upon rinsing off with cold water, you must see that the cold water runs off for a few minutes for the best results. Likewise, this manner will let the scales on the fish get loosened more. So, you must always see to it that you get to rinse all parts of the fish thoroughly.

In scaling a fish, you must undergo three essential steps. These steps might be quite difficult for you to handle, especially if you are a first-timer. But as a lot of people say, practice makes perfect.

So, if you happen to practice scaling a fish, eventually, one day, it would just be a piece of cake for you to begin with.

Now, after the water session, you should be careful with placing your fish on a certain area that would not let you mess up with its scales.

One tip here is to find a place near the garbage bin because, in that case, you could easily clean up any mess in an instant. One best option for you is placing it in newspapers or any paper which could handle its messy condition.

Scrape Off The Scales

In scraping off the scales, you must brace yourself because it could somehow be tricky. That is why the first thing you should do is hold the fish while its tail is in your hand with weaker dominance.

It is a must for you to do so for the fish not to slip off at the moment you begin with scraping off its scales.

If you feel so uncomfortable with using your bare hands, you can use a pair of gloves, preferably disposable ones, and for your safety measures since usually the scales and fins of a fish can cause you wounds and cuts.

Now, if you get to hold on its tail on your weaker hand, you should use your stronger hand to remove the scales using the bluntly edged knife. Specifically, it would be best if you had it under a 45-degree angle for the best results.

Scraping off the scales of the fish is indeed the most challenging step to do in the actual scaling of a fish.

You must take into consideration a lot of things such as the type of knife to use, the accurate angle to which you must hold your knife, the pressure you need to put in, and of course, the cleaning you will do for such step is a messy thing to do, too.

After doing the processes mentioned above, you get to rinse off it again using cold water. It is only time for you to stop having your cold water runoff if there are no more scales seen on the fish.

Make Use Of Other Scaling Techniques

This last step is the actual cooking process already. You need to get rid of its skin before you cook it. So, you should then cut the skin using a knife. In this process, you should try your best not to cut off the fish itself because if it happens so, you will only be left with nothing.

But then, it is said that you could make use of other scaling techniques as well. That is why in this last step, you can also opt for a fish scaler rather than using an ordinary knife. This scaler is a tool designed specifically to scale a fish, as the term itself suggests.

 Conclusion

In scaling a fish, you must undergo three essential steps. These steps might be quite difficult for you to handle, especially if you are a first-timer. But as a lot of people say, practice makes perfect.

So, if you happen to practice scaling a fish, eventually, one day, it would just be a piece of cake for you to begin with.