By meg the mighty - / Saturday 1 December 2018 15:30 /
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  Phillycheeze  |  20

It is salted fremented (sp) sea herring. It's tasty, but it has an odor that can get pretty strong. Definitely an item that should be opened and eaten outside. I could be wrong I'm from the states... But my host family made it and had me try it....

  melisssa87  |  30

I’m from Sweden and you are absolutely right. It’s a tradition to eat it in August in my home town. I don’t like the taste though. Rest of the year it’s used to take revenge on people you don’t like by dropping an open can through their mailbox that’s on the door

  ViviMage  |  38

Surströmming is fermented herring in a can that smells terrible. In Swedish the word means "sour herring". You open and eat it outdoors and since it can be explosive, you put it in a bucket of water and puncture the tin to keep the spray and smell down.

It's eaten with the same acquired taste as lutefisk ("lye fish") or jelled fish made with lye that is so strong it can dissolve your fork.

By  ViviMage  |  38

YDI for not letting him do the Surströmming challenge outside in a park 5 miles downwind!

Try filling a spray bottle with vinegar, then spray everything you own from 6 inches. Including him!

By  Gradask  |  8

I am Swedish and bit tired of people trying Swedish food without doing it correctly and then screaming it horrible.
I seen people eat knäckebröd ( crispbread) as crackers with nothing on... in Sweden it used as slice of bread and you add stuff to a slice of bread.

Surströmming the way people eat it, is only as the hardcore surströmming lovers eat them, not as normal person eats it. And then few people has tried it on youtube the correct ways says it inst as bad , as the click bait idiotic way as many do.

Sorry but am bit tired of this.

And there is way of getting surströmming smell away, it is burning a plant common to the north of Sweden as incense.

By  Candy Johnson  |  2

First rule of surströmming is don’t eat or open the can indoors! My friend once opened a can and the pressure squirted it straight into his nose!! He smelled it for days.