Muktuk (whale skin & blubber)
the English word for the traditional Inuit/Eskimo meal of frozen whale skin and
blubber. It is most often made from the skin and blubber of the bowhead whale,
although the beluga and the narwhal are also used. The Inuit treat has its own
unique flavor and tender-crisp texture. Some say it tastes like fresh coconut,
others say fried eggs. It is usually sliced thin, sprinkled with salt and eaten
raw. Occasionally, it is finely diced, breaded, deep fried and served with soy
sauce. It is also sometimes pickled." It is a subsistence food for Alaskan
Natives. Seal meat and seal fat which are high in omega-3 oils, are also staples
of the Inuit diet.
Muktuk is the outer covering of the whale. It includes the white skin,
approximately 1-2 inches thick, plus a thin pinkish layer immediately
underneath. After taking blocks from the whale, leave 2 days hanging to dry. Cut
into pieces 6 x 6 inches (15x15cm). Have water ready to boil. Cook until it
tests tender when pierced with a fork. Keep in oil in a 45 gallon (206 litre)
drum after it is cooled. Store in a cool place.