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Sat Sep 15, 2012, 07:21 PM

Does anyone remember salt cod in a wooden box?

Used to be able to buy this in any supermarket years ago. A small wooden box, in the refrigerated meat section, filled with dried salt cod that had to be soaked in milk prior to using.

Have you seen it lately? I'd like to know what the brand name was/is.

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Reply Does anyone remember salt cod in a wooden box? (Original post)
grasswire Sep 2012 OP
Warpy Sep 2012 #1
Stinky The Clown Sep 2012 #2
grasswire Sep 2012 #3
Stinky The Clown Sep 2012 #11
yellerpup Sep 2012 #4
grasswire Sep 2012 #6
kestrel91316 Sep 2012 #5
grasswire Sep 2012 #7
Gormy Cuss Sep 2012 #8
The empressof all Sep 2012 #9
msanthrope Sep 2012 #10
Lugnut Sep 2012 #12
martheus99 Sep 2012 #13
solongago May 2013 #14
pengillian101 May 2013 #16
Blues Heron May 2013 #15
CTyankee May 2013 #17
nmharleyrider Feb 2014 #18
gopiscrap Feb 2014 #19

Response to grasswire (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 07:40 PM

1. Not here in NM

but anywhere there are large French or Portuguese populations I've seen it.

Google turned up a place to order it: http://www.marinamarket.com/istar.asp?a=6&id=201795

Since it needs to be kept cool, it would be best to order it in winter. It keeps forever in the fridge until you rehydrate it for use.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 08:21 PM

2. It is still available here. No particular brands. It is a more generic, known also as bacala or ....

. . . . bacolo or bacalo or other similar variations. The last I had was labeled as

bacala
salt cod

A lot of it is available in plastic bags these days. Same product but less expensive. Most of what we get here is from Canada.

At Christmas, the local Italian importing stores carry whole dried, salted cod filets that are much dryer than the wooden box stuff. It needs to refrigeration and had to be soaked three or four days, with frequent water changes, to rehydrate.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 09:08 PM

3. when I was googling it I noticed that a lot of it is coming from China...

....so it's good to know that there's a Canada source. I'd sure like to know if the same company that sold it in wooden boxes still exists.

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Response to grasswire (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 01:54 AM

11. I recall a lot of companies sold it in wooden boxes

As I said, we see it in wooden boxes here from time to time. No brand stands out in my mind, though.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 09:19 PM

4. That would be bacaolo.

Salted cod that is soaked in milk before using. I used to see it all the time when we lived in Washington Htgs. in upper Manhattan. I have never personally tried to do anything with it so I'm intrigued... What are you planning?

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Response to yellerpup (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 09:28 PM

6. someone I know in New England is gearing up...

....to start a gourmet sea salt and salted fish company. There are two schools of use for salt cod, apparently. Mediterranean style, and the style that provided protein for prairie dwellers -- protein that could keep well over the winter.

Anyway, we are doing some research at this point.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 09:24 PM

5. Last I saw, at least 10 years ago, the box went for $20+ - that's a pound.

Probably explains why nobody carries it anymore. That plus the fact that lutefisk is not very popular.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 09:31 PM

7. My former FIL used to make codfish cakes from it.

He was from Kansas. And my mother remembered, fondly, codfish balls from her Connecticut childhood. I think it was ubiquitous a few decades ago, still.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 10:21 PM

8. Yes, growing up in Maine. Haven't seen it in the small wooden box in decades.

I don't remember a brand name. I do recall blue lettering and that the wooden lid slid off sideways/

I still use salt cod. The local Italian deli sells it dry or 'wet' with the latter being easier to use because of the shorter soaking period.


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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 10:37 PM

9. Baccala!

A staple for the Italian feast of the seven fishes in my hometown. It's also great in fishcakes.

I've never seen it in the Seattle Area Groceries.. I probably could find it if I looked. I haven't thought about it in years.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 12:25 AM

10. Baccala--any italian or spanish market would have it. Brand? I never

saw it packaged, but buy the whitest pieces.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 01:57 AM

12. Yes.

My in-laws had an Italian importing company store until 1968. They sold baccala during the Christmas holiday season for Christmas Eve supper. My m-i-l used to soak the fish for several days in water then in milk before she would cook it in tomato sauce with potatoes for Seven Fishes. I make something similar for Christmas Eve but I don't use the salt cod.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Mon Sep 17, 2012, 07:20 PM

13. Spam deleted by hlthe2b (MIR Team)

 

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:09 PM

14. It's available to order online, in the wooden box

I really wanted to find it in the wooden box, and here it is, at a reasonable price.
http://www.captainmorrissey.com/1-lb-wood-box-Boned-Salt-Cod-Cod-1lbWood.htm

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Response to solongago (Reply #14)

Mon May 6, 2013, 09:32 PM

16. Thanks for that link!

And a welcome to DU howdy

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Mon May 6, 2013, 04:46 PM

15. Yep, still see it in the box at some supermarkets - pricey for sure

also in the bags at central american markets - much cheaper. Can be soaked in plain water over night in the fridge (change the water a few times)

I used to make a very tasty (and pungent!) salt cod hash with onions, salt cod and potatoes.



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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 03:27 PM

17. we have it in our supermarket in new haven. I'll look for the name next time I go...

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 12:16 PM

18. salt cod found

[link:http://www.freshseafood.com/salted-cod-fish.html| I found a wooden box of it at the Pro Ranch Market up on Central and Atrisco in Albuquerque. They have had it in their fish department every time I've gone up there. The company is in Canada and is called Comeau.

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Response to nmharleyrider (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 01:50 PM

19. welcome to DU

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