Indulging in surströmming before summer’s end

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This time around, I decided to skip out on Sweden’s stinky tradition – fermented herring (surströmming) – even though I’ve tried it three times before. As for my husband, he always digs in like it’s the sweetest thing ever invented.

  • http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/ Nora

    Hey Lola – I see that your can of Surstromming was opened outside….as seems to be the Swedish way….don’t stink up the house!
    It reminds me of my own Surstromming feast just over a year ago:
    http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2011/09/northern-swedish-delicacies-including-surstromming/

    I actually enjoyed it – probably because it didn’t taste nearly as bad as I was prepared for it to taste. I’d even have it again….but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way for it… ;-)

    • LolaAkinmade

      Haha! I remember us chatting about your experience. I definitely applaud you. I still think it sucks after this many years in Sweden :)

  • http://twitter.com/SophieR Sophie’s World

    Not that keen on surströmming myself, or any kind of herring. The photos look quite appetizing, though…

    • LolaAkinmade

      That’s definitely how they disguise the nastiness. Beneath potatoes, sourcream, dill.. :)

  • Monica-USA

    It reminds me of the stinky German cheese my mom always ate. She said once you can get it past your nose it is wonderful tasting. To this day I still disagree with that statement!! :o)

    • LolaAkinmade

      I agree with you! I just can’t get it past my nose :)

  • http://www.timetravelturtle.com/ Turtle

    Surely it’s better if it doesn’t come out of a can?