Surströmming: The Secrets of this Stinky Swedish Fish

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Reactions Science Videos | June 27, 2018

Surstromming, Swedish for sour herring, is legendary for its powerful stink. But it's all a result of the chemistry of preserving food. This week on Reactions, we learn about the world's smelliest food with help from the people who know it best.

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Strictly anaerobic halophiles isolated from canned Swedish fermented herrings (Surströmming)

Surströmming: What you need to know before trying Sweden's fermented herring

Surströmming Revisited: Eating Sweden's Famously Stinky Fish

Fermented and ripened fish products in the northern European countries

Fish Spoilage Mechanisms and Preservation Techniques: Review

A review on mechanisms and commercial aspects of food preservation and processing

butyric acid

propionic acid

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