Shopper’s Dictionary: Nova lox

March 31, 2015 1:20 PM

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Shopper’s Dictionary: Nova lox

What is it? Nova lox is salmon that has been dry-brined in a salt cure, rinsed, then cold-smoked at close to 100 degrees. The Nova designation refers to salmon coming from Nova Scotia, but today essentially serves as an umbrella term for smoked salmon.

Different cultures cure and smoke salmon in unique ways: Scottish or Irish smoked salmon often has a peaty flavor from being smoked over whiskey-cask wood chips, while Norwegian smoked salmon tends to have a heavier smoke presence.

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