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8 Steps to Clean Catfish

Texas Pioneer WomanIn my opinion fishing is a beneficial self-reliant skill that all people must have. There is a lot of pride that comes from standing on a river bank or sitting out in a boat on the lake fishing for my supper. I try to catch enough fish for my supper and a bit extra to put in the freezer for another day.

Catfish that needs to be cleaned

Catfish that needs to be cleaned. 

Once we have caught the fish we head home to clean them for supper. Preparing caught fish can sometimes be a little intimidating because you have to do a quite a bit to get the live fish from the fishing hook to the skillet. To be honest my husband prepares the fish for me and then it is my job to cook them for supper. But as a self-reliant woman I need to learn how to do it myself, so I took lessons from my husband one evening after an afternoon of fishing.

I grew up hearing the saying, “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” I can’t imagine how that saying came about; it seems diabolical to skin a cat.  But the meaning of that saying is what is important here. That saying means that there is more than one way to do something. With that in mind, I’m going to explain how my husband taught me to clean fish.

A Few Basic Tips  

The Eight Steps to Clean a Catfish 

Fish can be cleaned on a cutting board
Fish can be cleaned on a cutting board. 

hang our fish for cleaning
We use a simple 2 by 4 lumber with a chain and hook on one end to hang our fish for cleaning. 

Make an incision under catfish gills
Make an incision under catfish gills. 

Remove catfish fins
Remove catfish fins. 

Remove catfish skin
Remove catfish skin. 

Remove catfish entrails
Remove catfish entrails. 

Cut catfish head
Cut catfish head. 

Remove catfish head
Remove catfish head. 

Cleaned Catfish
Cleaned Catfish 

Once I learned the basics of dressing the fish, serving a hearty fish supper from start to finish can be quite easy. Preparing a delicious fish dinner can also be very healthy, economical and self-sustaining. I hope you will challenge yourself to catch and clean your own fish supper this weekend!

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