Milk with herring: do gourmets risk combining these products?By Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/milk-with-herring-do-gourmets-risk-combining-these-products
Since childhood, we have been taught that salted herring is incompatible with milk. It is believed that by mixing these products, you can get an intestinal disorder. Is this really true or is this another urban legend? The journalists of the online edition of The Village asked competent specialists to answer this question.
Brand chef of Delicatessen and Yunost restaurants Ivan Shishkin is sure that this is a myth. Nothing bad can be expected from the combination of herring with milk. When preparing many fish dishes, herring is soaked in milk. For example, this is how the famous and beloved forshmak is prepared by many.
Many national cuisines use milk and fish, including salted, in one dish. And this is not the most extreme combination of products. The fish is soaked in milk to give it a special tenderness and juiciness, as well as to remove excess salt.
Quite another thing is that in its pure form, salted fish and milk are not too refined to taste combination. At the same time, Ivan does not see any reason why it could harm someone. So an experienced cook believes that the incompatibility of herring and milk is an old story.
But what does official science say about this? Yulia Chekhonina, a senior researcher at the clinic of the FGBNU "Research Institute of Nutrition", also sees nothing wrong with such a combination. The only exception may be cases when salted herring is contraindicated for health reasons. Some people just shouldn't lean on too salty. There are also people with lactose intolerance — they are also at risk, washing down fish with milk.
By themselves, herring and milk, if they are of high quality and fresh, will not harm either together or apart. Julia also knows a lot of recipes in which fish is soaked with milk. It is quite clear that in this case part of the milk remains in the herring and this does not bother anyone.
Whether we eat fish and milk together or separately is not important for the body. If there are no medical contraindications, then you can not expect trouble. Of course, such food is unusual for many, which is probably why there was an old and very popular legend about a painful intestinal disorder. It is much easier to get problems by drinking raw milk.
It turns out that we were misled and probably deprived of some taste impressions. But it doesn't matter — now we know the truth and can easily catch up. Well, are we going to get milk and fish?