Time: approx. 24 hours.
Dried and Salted Cod offers a great variety of savouring experiences and dishes but before it’s ready for cooking it has to be desalted – and that takes approx. 24 hrs. Do not despair, however: desalting a piece of cod is a fairly easy process. Here’s how to desalt dried and salted cod.
- With a sharp knife, cut your dried and salted piece of cod into smaller pieces. (Smaller and/or thinner pieces take less time to desalt.)
- Put the cod pieces into a strainer.
- Place the strainer in a much larger bowl or pot full of cold water. You will need approx. 3 to 4 litters of water for 1 kg of cod. (You do this so that when the salt detaches from the cod it goes to the bottom of the bowl or pot, leaving the rest of the water clean.)
- Change the water every 4 to 5 hours.
- If the weather is warm then after the first 12 hours you can put the bowl or pot in the fridge and continue desalting your cod there.
- Approx. 24 hours later, empty the water into the sink, pat-dry the cod and you’re ready for cooking.
Preparation for cod fillets
- In order to make cod fillets from your desalted cod you need to clean it from fins, bones and skin.
- To easily do that, blanch your desalted cod in hot water for a few seconds.