When you cook fish, there are unexpectedly a lot of things you have to do. Cutting off heads, removing guts, etc..., and the thing you have to do first of all is removing fish scales.
Removing fish scales is not as easy as expected. Removed scales will scatter in the kitchen and will be hard to take off when they stick to somewhere like on a cutting board. Also, you might cut your finger with fish fins if you are clumsy. Fish scales are not easy to handle.
How wonderful would it be if you can prepare fish without being bothered with these hassles?
Today we will introduce an ideal tool, “fish scaler”.
Fish Scale Removal is a Japanese Tradition
As fish have been eaten a lot in Japan since ancient times, fish scalers have been traditionally used. There are various types of fish scalers. Even though the shapes are similar, they have different features or different purposes. The one on the left in the picture is a modern fish scaler that is designed by focusing on high functionality. The gold one on the right is made of brass.
Rust-resistance and hygienic cleanliness are the advantages of stainless steel fish scalers. They are also mold-proof. As it is very humid in Japan, people tend to prefer stainless ones. In addition, the Kai fish scaler can be easily equipped with a cover that prevents scales scattering.
Brass ones have been traditionally used in Japan since ancient times. They are resistant to corrosion, and their wide and flat shapes are ideal for scaling middle to large fish. Although they are rust-resistant, they need minimum maintenance (washing after use, etc.) because residual salt might get them rusted.
Advantages of Using Fish Scalers
The main advantage of using fish scalers is they can remove scales more quickly and safely.
Knives can handle small fish such as sardines and mackerels or fish with only few scales or thin scales, but they can’t handle fish with solid scales. In addition, some fish have sharp fins that can hurt hands.
By using fish scalers, you can remove scales more certainly, quickly and safely without worrying about getting injuries. They are a must item for those who often cook fish.
Once you know how convenient they are, you cannot do without them. Let’s get one as your cooking partner!