Are you a smoker? If so, how often do you smoke? I would have to say, regardless of whatever you might think or hear, smoking, I believe, is very good for you. It tastes good too!
What do you think?
Oh, wait! You think I’m talking about smoking cigarettes? Cigars? Ha ha… no, I’m talking about smoking food! Like, making smoked fish or other kids of food! Like I say, I believe that smoking is a way of preparing foods that adds no fat, tastes delicious, and is a healthy way of eating.
I never have done a lot of food smoking, although I used to own a charcoal smoker when we lived in the States. It was kind of old, had some rusty parts on it, and such, so I just threw it away when we moved to the Philippines. In recent years, though, I have been wanting to get into smoking foods here in the Philippines. Primarily, I want to smoke different types of fish. There is such an abundance of fish available in the local markets, and I love smoked fish, so this is something that I really do want to do.
The problem is, even though I’ve been looking for several years now, I have yet to find any kind of commercially available smoker here in the Philippines. So, what it comes down to is that you need to make your own smoker, if you want to smoke foods here. Over the years, I have been looking at several different smoker designs, but have just never gotten busy and actually tried to build the smoker!
Last week, I found a discussion on the Internet about smoking foods, and somebody mentioned a YouTube video (which is actually a TV show segment) about a simple smoker design. I watched the video and found the design to be easy, and all of the items should be easily available here in the Philippines.
Have a look at the video yourself and see what you think. If you have experience smoking food, do you have any suggestions, either positive or negative, about this design? Do you think it will work well? I am certainly interested to hear your thoughts.
After building the smoker, the next challenge will be finding what kinds of woods that are locally available will be good for smoking the foods. I have always thought that Mango tree wood would possibly be a nice wood to smoke with, but a few weeks ago, I heard from a friend that Mango wood is possibly not healthy and has some component to it that is possibly poisonous for smoking. I will have to research that before I try it!
Any suggestions on locally available woods for smoking? I know that wood chips are not commercially available for smoking, so it will be a matter of going out collecting the wood, cutting it up into chips, drying it out, etc. It won’t be easy, but I think it will be a fun project.