Hot-Smoking for Gold at ACME Smoked Fish

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Jul 21, 2011
Post to TwitterPost to FacebookPost to DiggPost to StumbleUponPost to DeliciousPost to Reddit

“I don’t know anything else, no office job or anything like that, just fish. So, I fell into the fish.”

Meet Aftabudin Rayman and Peter Wojick, the fish smokers behind the hot-smoked fish division at ACME Smoked Fish in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. ACME Smoked Fish is the largest smoked fish house in the country, processing 6-8 million pounds of assorted fish for stores and seafood counters every year. According to Rayman, the head fish smoker, “to be successful at this job, you can’t look at it as just a job, an ordinary job”. To him, a successful fish smoker’s priority should be the fish, always the fish, that internal drive to achieve moist, smoky meat with a perfect golden hue everytime – not doing the job “to get an increase in pay”. And running a hot-smoked fish operation isn’t an easy task: working 10-12 hour days on your feet, constantly breathing in smoke, wheeling heavy racks of hanging fish over slippery floors. It’s physically demanding, which is why devotion like Rayman’s is hard to come by.

So come watch their story and discover the fascinating and delicate process of hot-smoking fish. It truly is a craft, a craft that takes passion, a certain “thoughtlessness” to it, and tens of years to master. Enjoy!

And for a real Brooklyn experience, stop by on Fish Fridays at ACME where they open up the smokehouse outlet to the local Greenpoint community for 5 hours to shop for freshly smoked seafood. You’ll get to meet the employees and mingle with loyal ACME customers who’ve been eating their product for decades. Here’s the address:

Acme Smoked Fish
30 Gem Street (Just off North 15th Street)
Greenpoint, New York

ACME Hot-Smoked Products to Lookout For

  • Whitefish
  • Whitefish salad
  • Kippered Salmon
  • Chubs
  • Sable (Alaskan Black Cod)
  • Brook Trout
  • Whiting
  • Plain & Peppered Bluefish
  • Plain & Peppered Mackerel
  • Mahi-mahi
  • Tuna

Thanks so much for watching and supporting food. curated.! Happy Eating!

Comments

  1. Another great video, love seeing the process. What’s with the CSI courtroom sound effects?

  2. Stunning video. Smoked fish is the bomb! Have you ever tried smoked snoek? Lovely on fresh bread with mayonnaise served cold.

  3. Mufaddal says:

    Man Rayman has this cool underlying rythmic pattern in his voice – is he from some part of the carribean?

  4. Larry H says:

    Great video. I’m surprised there was nothing about their smoked salmon (I guess it’s not ‘gold’, lol).

  5. vincent says:

    Hello,

    We bumped into your blog and we really liked it.
    We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

    We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
    enjoy it.

    Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
    and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

    To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use http://en.petitchef.com/?obj=front&action=site_ajout_form or just go to Petitchef.com and click on “Add your site”

    Best regards,

    Vincent
    petitchef.com

  6. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this blog.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s difficult to
    get that “perfect balance” between usability and visual appearance.
    I must say you’ve done a superb job with this.
    Also, the blog loads very fast for me on Internet explorer.
    Outstanding Blog!

  7. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok
    to use a few of your ideas!!

    Check out my web page: best folding bike

  8. What’s up i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anyplace, when
    i read this article i thought i could also create
    comment due to this brilliant paragraph.

    my web-site :: indoor ceiling fans with lights; http://www.docstoc.com,

  9. marykay says:

    Heya just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both
    show the same results.

    Look into my web site :: marykay

Leave a Reply