Bottle top fish scaler
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CTA. 1992. Bottle top fish scaler. Spore 37. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A simple and effective fishscaler has been developed by the FAO/DANIDA Training Project On Fish Technology. Serrated bottle caps (i.e. beer or mineral water type) are loosely nailed to allow rotation on a piece of wood shaped like a square bat. The...
A simple and effective fishscaler has been developed by the FAO/DANIDA Training Project On Fish Technology. Serrated bottle caps (i.e. beer or mineral water type) are loosely nailed to allow rotation on a piece of wood shaped like a square bat. The wooden base is made from clean hardwood, coated with either food-grade plastic resin or with a paint that is safe to be in contact with food. The bottle caps are stripped of any paper, plastic or rubber seal and glue. Usually fish-scaling is earned out using the back of a knife, but the cap scaler has been found to cause less damage to the skin of the fish. The fish is held firmly by the tail and the scaler is moved from the tail to the head of the fish, firmly but gently. Because of the greater area covered by the scaler compared to a knife, the scaling process is quicker to carry out. The configuration of the caps can be varied in order to adapt the scaler to different types of fish. The scaler has other useful applications such as removing small feathers from poultry. However, a scaler used on poultry should not then be used on fish as this could cause cross-contamination by bacteria such as Salmonella. All scalers should be thoroughly cleaned after use with a brush in chlorinated or soapy water or with other appropriate cleaning agents. Hector Lupin Project Manager Fishery Industries Division FAO Via delle terme di Caracalla 00100 Rome ITALY