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Old 03-11-2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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Removing Pin Bones?

How do you remove those tiny pin bones from a Salmon steak?

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Old 03-11-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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By feel and with a small pair of pliers or tweezers.
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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How do you remove those tiny pin bones from a Salmon steak?

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Run your hand lightly down against the pin bones. Get your pliers in the other hand and when you feel a pin bone, grab it with the pliers and pull it out. A standard pair of pliers will do the job.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:10 PM   #4
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Needle nose pliers.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:14 PM   #5
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If it's a salmon steak, it's harder to do because of the way it's cut.
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:01 PM   #6
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Also called Y-bone, it helps to know the basic skeletal anatomy of a fish. Then you know where the bones are supposed to be, and won't miss any that you can't feel by touch. I test pulling one out with fingers before resorting to needle-nose pliers; a fattier individual's bones may slip right out. Sometimes, depending on its preparation, I also don't bother with them, simply announcing with service that I have left the bones in. Restaurant service is one thing, but at home, with a large fish like salmon, I think the bones enhance the meal's experience.

A steak cut assumes you want to pick at its bones...
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Needle nose pliers.

That is what I use!

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Old 03-11-2012, 05:26 PM   #9
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...Restaurant service is one thing, but at home, with a large fish like salmon, I think the bones enhance the meal's experience.

A steak cut assumes you want to pick at its bones...

I disagree. The last thing a diner wants to deal with is annoying little pin bones in every other mouthful of fish. IMO, if it's not appropriate for a restaurant meal, it's not appropriate for home either.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:49 PM   #10
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I disagree with leaving them in too. I had one lodge in the back of throat and I couldn't get it out without the help of others and a pair of pliars. I would prefer to remove them from the filet/steak rather than my family/guests.
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