September 16, 2012 2:25 am at 2:25 am #604906marbehshalomParticipant
can anyone tell me more info about some rumor i heard? is it true that fish heads even if farm raised can a worm problem?September 16, 2012 3:28 am at 3:28 am #897029
yes. farmed Norweigan salmon is free of Anisakis worms in the flesh but has a skin parasite that invades the oral cavity. They hide in the gills, under the toungue ete. Carp and mullet have worms in their head, even when farmed.
See here more more resources regaring checking all of the Simanim http://shaareihoraah.org/wordpress/?p=655September 16, 2012 4:02 am at 4:02 am #897030commonsenseParticipant
can you please clarify in English? I checked the link and all the sources are in Hebrew. I already cooked my salmon heads. I washed them well but did not know to check for anything.September 16, 2012 4:36 am at 4:36 am #897031DovidMMember
If the parasites are only in the heads, do I cut off the head before cooking it, and then eat what I cooked, or can I cook the fish whole, and dispose of the head before putting it on a plate?September 16, 2012 7:22 am at 7:22 am #897032
Rav Vaye writes that you must split the head in half and remove the gills and all internal organs. Then rinse thoroughly and inspect. I don’t know if it helps to do this after cooking.
They are visible, not so small at all if you know how to look. If you cooked it with the head it will not make the entire fish Assur. You can cut it off afterwards.September 16, 2012 1:56 pm at 1:56 pm #897033marbehshalomParticipant
if u forgot to check prior to cooking will depend if it was miut hamotzui or muchzak if muchzak you must ask a shailohSeptember 16, 2012 2:10 pm at 2:10 pm #897034Sam2Participant
Hello: Don’t we say that these worms are Kosher anyway because they grew inside the fish?September 16, 2012 2:45 pm at 2:45 pm #897035
I just spoke to the head of Rav Revach’s fish department and he said salmon heads can be cleaned even after cooking. Also, they do not need to be split completely in two, just a slit on the bottom, remove the gills and rinse wellSeptember 16, 2012 5:09 pm at 5:09 pm #897036☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
Kukiyani are assur.September 16, 2012 6:39 pm at 6:39 pm #897037commonsenseParticipant
I called the store and they said they check the heads. Also, I washed them very well and did a quick visual check. I just don’t know what to look for. There is nowhere to slit the bottom so I guess they do that at the fish store. thanx everyone for your help.September 19, 2012 8:50 pm at 8:50 pm #897038
Sam: They are not worms and do not originate inside the fish. They are lice also called Argulus and migrate from th eskin to the mouth. They can range up to over an inch long.September 19, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm #897039Be HappyParticipant
Sam 2 – Nematode worms grow inside the flesh and are kosher. The salmon and carp lice are parasites that grow in the water and attach themselves to the fish for food. They are “Sheretz Hamayim” and would need fins and scales to be kosher! Since they haven’t got them they are osur like all non kosher sea creatures. The salmon louse is easy to detect, it is about 5-10mm long. Half of it is round and the rest is a tail. The carp louse is much smaller about 4mm long, oval, and translucent. It is best to watch an expert checking before attemting oneself.September 20, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am #897040cherrybimParticipant
So, besides the fish brain which is delicious, what part of the head do you actually eat?
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