Steps to process smoke and dry catfish using firewood and charcoal-fuelled oven

Processing catfish using firewood and a charcoal-fuelled oven gives the fish a unique taste that is reminiscent of traditional home cooking. The process is meticulous and it results in smoked and dried catfish that attracts premium prices from discerning consumers.

What you need:

  1. 50 kilograms (kg) of live catfish
  2. 500 grams (g) of table salt
  3. Two fish feed sacks (polythene type)
  4. Two large plastic basins/bowls
  5. A brick oven (powered by firewood and charcoal)
  6. Six bundles of firewood
  7. One big sack of charcoal
  8. Water
  9. Knife or razor blades
  10. Soap

Day 1  

  1. Killing;
  2. Washing;
  3. Degutting;
  4. Firing the oven;
  5. Smoking;

Day 2 – Drying

Day 3 – Drying

Day 4 – Drying

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