Akutaq – Eskimo Ice Cream
        Akutaq is a Yupik word that means mix them together, but white man called it Eskimo Ice Cream.  The way we pronounce akutaq is a-goo-duk. Akutaq is made in many different ways. This recipe was made by Natives a long, long time ago for survival.  When they went out to go hunting or what ever, they brought along akutaq. Akutaq can also be made with moose meat and fat, caribou meat and fat, fish, seal oil, berries and other Alaskan things.
    This was a healthy and tasty treat to them a long time ago; they never used sugar.  Each family makes akutaq a little differently.  This is how my family makes our akutaq. There aren’t any real instructions on how to make this recipe because we make it the way we were taught and we pass it down to our kids that way.
    The traditional way to teach people to make akutaq is to let them watch and learn.  And when we are done making it, we draw a shape of a cross in the middle of the akutaq with our finger.  Then we take each type of berry from the akutaq (unless there is only one type of berry) and a pinch of the mixture, and throw it into the fire.  When I do that, I have to say, “Tamarpeci nerluci.”  That’s in Yupik, but in English it means, “All of you eat.”
Fish (white fish, pike, or any kind of salmon) 3 to 4 pounds
Vegetable oil
Berries (blue berries, salmon berries, cranberries, etc.) 1/2 gallon to a gallon
Step 1    Gut the fish.
Step 2    Chop the fish into four to five pieces (depending on the fish size). If you bought from the store, that’s fine.
Step 3    You can throw away the head, tail, and guts from the fish.
Step 4    Place the fish into a large or medium size pot.
Step 5    Fill the pot of fish with plenty of water so it covers all the fish.  (The Fish must be thawed.)
Step 6    After the water starts to boil, reduce the heat so it won’t boil too hard.
Step 7    Let the fish simmer for about 20 minutes or until it’s done.
Step 8    Cool in the pot so the flavor remains in the fish.
Step 9    After the fish is cool use a large basin (bowl) to put the fish in after you clean it.
Step 10  The way you clean the fish is take off the skin, take out the bones, and squeeze out all the water from the fish with your hands.
Step 11  After you do that to the whole fish, break up the squeezed fish.
Step 12  Look for bones that got left behind, and take them out if you found some.
Step 13  By the time your done with that, the fish should be all crumbled up.
Step 14  Take at least two large scoops of Crisco with your hand and add it to the fish.
Step 15  Stir it up with your hand for at least three to five minutes, or until the fish is mixed well with the Crisco.
Step 16  If the Crisco and the fish do not blend together, add a little more Crisco until it does.
Step 17  Take the vegetable oil and pour in about a cup.  You don’t need to measure (estimate).
Step 18  Stir it up until it’s almost creamy.
Step 19  If it’s not getting creamy, add a little more vegetable oil.
Step 20  Whip it up with your hand until it gets fluffy.
Step 21  Pour at least a cup of sugar into the mixture (estimate).
Step 22  Stir it up until the sugar dissolves.
Step 23  Add about another cup of sugar to the mixture.
Step 24  Stir it up until the sugar dissolves.
Step 25  Add more sugar if it tastes like it needs more.
Step 26  Add plenty of berries to the mixture.
Step 27  Mix it up.
Step 28  Add more berries to the mixture if you want more. The akutaq should have
a lot of berries in it, but not too much.
Step 29  The akutaq is ready to eat.
Step 30  Always keep the akutaq refrigerated.
March 2, 2005
For more visit Akutaq.
Akutaq recipe
Author:  Frankie Jordan