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    I live about three stone throws from the beach on Lake Erie. I grew up loving fresh deep fried or pan fried perch. I have access to someone who has caught a lot and was offered a bunch.

    How is the fat in these fish compared to ocean caught fish? Is it worthwhile getting for more than the taste?
    Learning the intricacies of healthy eating and nourishing my body the right way.
    I am not bald, that is a Vitamin D collector. Time to Grok and Roll!
    Eased into a primal diet starting at Christmas 2011. Goal weight - 205 started: 240 pounds waist 40, now 227 pounds and waist 38 Summer 2012 - weight =215 and waist is actually still 39"
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    A fellow Grokker in Eire?!?! Could it be?!?!

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    • #3
      lake erie has strong fat in the fish

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      • #4
        Perhaps because I'm an Ohioan, whenever I think of Lake Erie, I think of the Cuyahoga River....which caught on fire...and then I take a pass on eating any fish from Lake Erie, haha!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lexie View Post
          Perhaps because I'm an Ohioan, whenever I think of Lake Erie, I think of the Cuyahoga River....which caught on fire...and then I take a pass on eating any fish from Lake Erie, haha!
          I thought you Ohioans got that river cleaned up, and those European Zebra Mussels got the rest of the lake cleaned up. I know when I have been out on and in the water it is much clearer.

          "lake erie has strong fat in the fish" So this is a good thing?

          "A fellow Grokker in Eire?!?! Could it be?!?!" Yup - out in Fairview, where are you, What sources for meats have you found?
          Learning the intricacies of healthy eating and nourishing my body the right way.
          I am not bald, that is a Vitamin D collector. Time to Grok and Roll!
          Eased into a primal diet starting at Christmas 2011. Goal weight - 205 started: 240 pounds waist 40, now 227 pounds and waist 38 Summer 2012 - weight =215 and waist is actually still 39"
          ljbprrfmof = LJ = Little John = John

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lexie View Post
            Perhaps because I'm an Ohioan, whenever I think of Lake Erie, I think of the Cuyahoga River....which caught on fire...and then I take a pass on eating any fish from Lake Erie, haha!
            Funny - I thought the same thing, but they really have cleaned up their act from 50 yrs ago!

            I'm sure that there has been some recent testing about fish contaminants - check it out - and if OK then enjoy!

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            • #7
              Eh, not sure. I know the EPA sued Akron recently for dumping sewage into the river. I think the Zebra Mussels, which are not native, are also creating problems. I think I read that PCBs are high in Lake Erie fish. Googling, I see that Ohio recommends eating perch (and other fish) from Lake Erie only once a month because of the contaminants.

              Ohio Sport Fish Consumption Advisory - Limit Meals

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              • #8
                Once a year would probably be all right..

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                • #9
                  Ok, it's been a while since I took a dip in each of the Great Lakes- but Erie was the only warm one- and the only one my sibs and I didn't spend any significant time in. Eew. I wouldn't eat fish from there- and I do eat fish and crabs from the Chesapeake Bay.
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                  • #10
                    I was raised on the Maumee River in Ohio, which dumps into Lake Erie near Toledo. We ate walleye, perch, catfish, pike, and bass several times a month when I was a kid. Last summer I went back and caught some catfish, when I mentioned eating them everybody said NOOOOO! I called the local Fish and Game guy and he said it is recommended to eat catfish only once or twice a year, perch were like once or twice a month--they had a list of the fish and contaminates contained in them. (See Lexie's post above!)

                    That said, I ate the catfish--they were delicious! However, they do indeed contain contaminates, so enjoy sparingly if at all.

                    Now that I'm primal, I would not eat them fried. Not sure how to cook perch that isn't rolled in flour and deep fried. I guess you could sautee the fillets in butter.
                    Last edited by otzi; 01-27-2012, 10:27 AM.

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                    • #11
                      My sister-in-law steams them and reccomends them that way. There is nothing like a beer batter perch all you can eat fish fry like the one my lodge does every May though. Some day, when I am feeling quite bold epicurially, I will try the steamed perch.
                      Learning the intricacies of healthy eating and nourishing my body the right way.
                      I am not bald, that is a Vitamin D collector. Time to Grok and Roll!
                      Eased into a primal diet starting at Christmas 2011. Goal weight - 205 started: 240 pounds waist 40, now 227 pounds and waist 38 Summer 2012 - weight =215 and waist is actually still 39"
                      ljbprrfmof = LJ = Little John = John

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                      • #12
                        Wow it's so exciting to find another Primal person around here! I'm in Erie, near Frontier park. I get beef from Skelton Farms in Edinboro. They have Piedmontese beef and it's seriously the best beef I've ever tasted. I also get pork from a farm in Polk, PA. It's kind of a hike, but a friend and I buy a ton of pork at once to make the trip worth it. And hooooly crap is it worth it! Best bacon ever! What sources have you found?

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                        • #13
                          Have you heard of Blackbird Farms in Ohio? They are down Rte 7 about 12 miles and have pastured pork and chickens and turkey too. They have a facebook page.
                          Learning the intricacies of healthy eating and nourishing my body the right way.
                          I am not bald, that is a Vitamin D collector. Time to Grok and Roll!
                          Eased into a primal diet starting at Christmas 2011. Goal weight - 205 started: 240 pounds waist 40, now 227 pounds and waist 38 Summer 2012 - weight =215 and waist is actually still 39"
                          ljbprrfmof = LJ = Little John = John

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                          • #14
                            I've heard that PCB's are a big issue for Great Lakes fish (I grew up on Lake MI) and toxic algae is a huge problem in Lake Erie, to the point of some beaches being closed due to risk of illness from swimming in the water... I don't think I'd want to eat anything from it!

                            Check out the sheer size of the algae bloom areas (it's pretty amazing!)
                            Lake Erie's Toxic Algae Bloom Seen From Space: Green Scum Rampant In The Great Lakes (PHOTOS)
                            http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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                            • #15
                              No but I will check it out, thanks!!

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