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Behind the Scenes at Acme Smoked Fish

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009

Some of Martha's favorite smoked fish comes from Brooklyn business Acme Smoked Fish. Family owned and operated for four generations, the company is one of the most widely recognized and respected smoked-fish producers in North America.

From cold-smoked salmon and lox to hot-smoked Alaskan black cod, Acme Smoked Fish produces a wide variety of smoked-fish products, which are sold under the Acme and Blue Hill Bay brands. They also produce private label products for selected customers. Nearly all their smoked-fish products are certified kosher. Blue Hill Bay smoked fish is also all-natural and preservative-free.

For 30 years, their Greenpoint, Brooklyn, factory has been hosting Acme's Fish Fridays. Once a week, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, they open their doors to the public as a way to connect with the local community by answering questions and offering delicious samples.

Smoked salmon -- a fantastic source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids -- is by far the company's best seller. If the lox you order for your bagel is authentic, it's not smoked at all. Lox refers to 6-month salt-cured (not smoked) salmon. Its roots are in Eastern Europe, where salting fish was an early preservation method. The smoked salmon, or "nova," which Acme is renowned for, is mild cured with a salt-and-sugar brine and then cold smoked using natural hardwoods for a silky, smoky, traditional result.

Fish platters seen on the show include nova, wild whitefish, wild sable, brook trout, baked salmon, sturgeon, whitefish salad, bagels, cream cheese, a jar of herring, and packages of salmon from Acme Smoked Fish.

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For more information, visit acmesmokedfish.com.