I like having many different flavors available on my appetizer table at holiday time. Along with the green fermented dill pickles, the red pickled apples, the yellow mustard pickles, bright colored fresh vegetables and dips I have pickled fish. Sometimes it is pickled herring, but there are locally caught fish from the lake I live on that are excellent when pickled. I have used crappies, walleye, suckers, bluegill and sunfish but I think the northern is the best.
A northern has a lot of y-bones and if they are removed, quite a lot of flesh is lost in the process. By pickling the smaller ones the bones are nothing to worry about. The vinegar softens all those tiny y-bones. To pickle northern first of all you have to catch the fish. I tell everyone that asks me, that is the first step. There is no need to scale them for pickling because the skin becomes rubbery. I fillet them, remove the back bone and cut them into 1-2-inch pieces.
Next I place the pieces into a crock or large glass jar. I generously salt each single layer with pickling salt, making sure each piece is salted. Do not pack them tightly. When the jar is full pour vinegar to cover the fish. Place in the refrigerator for 1-week. Stir the fish every day. After 1-week empty the jar, discard the vinegar solution and rinse the fish in clean water and drain.
Measure 5-cups sugar and 5-cups vinegar into kettle and bring to a boil. Boil 5-minutes and let cool to room temperature. Next I slice onions and alternate them with the fish pieces in my jars. I add 1-2-tablespoons mixed pickling spice to each quart jar. Then I measure 2-cups of the vinegar solution and 1-cup of dry white wine together, making sure they are room temperature and pour that mixture over the fish and spices in the jars. Be sure to completely cover the fish.
Put the lids on the jars and refrigerate for 6-weeks to 2-months before eating. The longer they sit in the jars the better they are. Delicious.
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