Little Maräne, “Matjes style”

Fischerei Stechlinsee

Wild catch of the Stechlin Sea Maräne, pickled “Matjes style”. Thanks to a maturing process with a few spices, it can be kept in oil for at least 3 months. The Böttchers call it the “bread and butter fish” of their fishery; a great local alternative to the traditional herring. Vendace, also known as whitefish in the south, is a member of the salmonids, or salmon, and is one of the tastiest freshwater fish around.

The vendace usually prefers the clear deep lakes of the Alps. Other than in the superbly clean Stechlinsee, vendace are only found in Lake Constance, the lakes of the Salzkammergut, Lake Geneva and Lake Chiemsee – in short, in the Alpine regions.  



100g jar


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Perfect with a slice of good bread or peeled potatoes, cream cheese from Erdhof Seewalde or sour cream. Alternatively, make a “Häckerle-Salat”: chop up the fish, some boiled eggs, onion, and pickled gherkins and add dill and apple to taste, among with a little bit of the Maränen’s own oil.

Fischerei Stechlinsee
Martin Böttcher and his father Rainer are the 4th generation to run this family business at the Großer Stechlinsee. Their small lakeside business combines time-honored craftsmanship with new processing methods, yielding products that are delightful and untouched by the mass market. Grandfather Adolf Böttcher recently retired from the business after 50 years on the job. Compared to how hard and depriving the work used to be, he feels that today's fishing is almost like a vacation. A verdict we’re absolutely willing to concede to Mr. Böttcher, who after the war still knotted nets by hand from cotton and went fishing on the lake without a motorboat. In addition to managing a large part of the lakes in the Stechlin nature reserve (800 hectares of water), the company prepares and markets the catch. The snack bar at the Stechlinsee has been an insider's tip in the region for many years. The Stechlinsee is a unique lake that feeds the Böttcher family and its residents and, with its clear and pure water, almost has the character of an alpine lake.