Necessity is indeed the mother of invention.
I wound up with a giant hog’s head snapper toward the end of last farmer’s market season, and given the embarrassment of food riches we had at the time, I vacuum sealed it and put it into the deep freeze. When I pulled it out to use it this weekend, I realized it had not been scaled. I looked around in vain for my fish scaler, because this fish was covered in big, tough, gnarly scales. And the it hit me – use a pot scrubber.
Well, fishing gear companies should consider rebranding the lowly pot scrubber as a scaler. It worked better than any scaler I’ve ever owned or used.