This made me giggle. I was raised in a Catholic family where this was a Friday night staple. When I turned sixteen, I worked at a chain restaurant that had a Friday night fish special featuring batter fried cod. I could not imagine that, my only experience with cod being the salted variety. (And it wasn't cod, it was codfish, all one word.) I thought this to be the very dregs of the fish world, and although customers assured me it was great, I had a hard time believing it until I actually tried a piece. I was truly amazed. Salt cod at that time, and I think still, came in a wooden box with a sliding top. You started on Thursday night by removing it from the box and rinsing it for a few minutes with cold running water. Then you put it in a bowl of water in the refrigerator over night. On Friday, you rinsed it well again and pressed the water out in a strainer. Then you made a medium white sauce, added the fish and let it simmer for a while. This you served on hot buttered toast. It was still salty as all h**l and I don't recall it being any favorite of mine as I've never had an urge to purchase salt cod on the rare occasion that I've run across it in a store. I know I've marveled at the high price for what I consider a low rent item. Thanks for the memory.