Garum

Posted 7 years ago by Evan Tishuk

After I get settled into the new house, I'm going to make authentic garum fish sauce and see what dishes it might complement.

Use fatty fish, for example, sardines, and a well-sealed (pitched) container with a 26-35 quart capacity. Add dried, aromatic herbs possessing a strong flavor, such as dill, coriander, fennel, celery, mint, oregano, and others, making a layer on the bottom of the container; then put down a layer of fish (if small, leave them whole, if large, use pieces) and over this, add a layer of salt two fingers high. Repeat these layers until the container is filled. Let it rest for seven days in the sun. Then mix the sauce daily for 20 days. After that, it becomes a liquid.

Gargilius Martialis, De medicina et de virtute herbarum

Ideas?

5 Comments

Lord ~ 7 years ago

Considering that the garum creation seems to require a large amount of salt I propose buying a good lot of salt (like a cool ton). Don't worry about there being leftover salt, you can establish two teams (I propose the names Team Lightning and Team Meteor Blast). Team Lightning will be on garum production duty, while Team Meteor Blast will be on mummification duty. That's right, you can put all that extra salt to awesome use mummifying shit. Seriously think how bad ass it would be to say, "You know what I oversaw this weekend? Roman fish sauce making and a few good mummifications."

Evan Tishuk ~ 7 years ago

Maybe a mummy masala? or mummy marinara?

Meg ~ 7 years ago

Its funny when the person you live with comes across a plan such as this via your blog.

So this is an outdoors project, right? (Ah, coming home to the smell of fermenting sardines in the living room... ). And what do you do with 5 gallons of it???? We've gone through less than 2 ounces of thai fish sauce in about a year.

Which does at least support your idea a bit. I have always thought thai fish sauce is the most foul smelling stuff on earth, but you've clearly managed to put it in something, and I probably liked it.

Evan Tishuk ~ 7 years ago

I can scale down to a more manageable portion of fish sauce plus a little extra for friends who may want to take some home.

Meg ~ 7 years ago

Oh, and on the mummification front, that'll be a very effective way to take care of all the prowling felines circling the house looking for the fermenting fish bucket.

Egyptian death celebration along with the Roman cuisine - We really should have planned this for halloween. Cleopatra and Marc Antony and dead fish and mummified cats. Now thats a party.

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