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Wāween kōjparok ek. - Methods of fish preservation. [SM29]

Ejjeḷọk aij-bọọk ilo enañin aolep eṃ i Ṃajeḷ, bōtab eḷak wōr ilo jet wōt eṃ ko Kuajleen im Mājro kab jejjo ilo aelōñ ko ilikin. Ñe armej rej kōṇaan kato an ek pād, rej jọọḷ im kōṃṃan ek jọọḷ ak atiti im kōṃṃan ek ṃōṇakṇak. Wāween jọọḷ ek, ṃokta jej karreoik ek ko, im eḷañe ek killep men ko jej ṃwijiti im kōṃṃan bukwōn jidik, ak eḷañe ek jidik, jej kaiouki wōt in jooni ilo dānnin-jọọḷ iuṃwin juōn boñ. Ṃōjin, jej kōjeeki, im ñe rōṃōrā, kọkoṇi ṇai lowaan iiep, bọọk, ak tiin, ṃae iien jeaikuji ñan ṃōñā. Bar juon wāween kōjparok ek bwe en to an pād, jej atiiki im kōṃṃan ek ṃōṇakṇak. Ek jọọḷ kab ek ṃōṇakṇak ekkā wōt aer kōṃṃan ilo aelōñ ko ilikin me reike ak ejjeḷọk armej in amāni.
There are no refrigerators in most Marshallese homes, except for some on Kwajalein and Majuro, and a few on the outer islands. If people want to presesrve fish, they salt them and make salted fish, or smoke them and make dried fish. The way to make salt fish is first, we clean the fish, and if they are big fish, we cut them into smaller sections, or if they are small fish, we put them whole to soak in salt water overnight. Then we put them to dry in the sun, and when they are dry, fit them into a basket, box, or can until we need them for food. Another way to preserve fish is to smoke them and make dried fish. Salt fish and dried fish are rarely made on outer islands that have lots of fish and no one to consume them.