Canned Salmon Near Miss

Canned Salmon Near Miss

So, I’ve been casting around for an alternative to tuna, now that the Genova tuna in oil that I liked has disappeared from my local grocery stores. There’s nothing but tuna in water which I think tastes like drek, and well, the whole tuna thing is problematic, as per this FAQ over at the estimable Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch site.

Plus, my sweetheart doesn’t really like fish, which means I didn’t buy salmon from my friends in town who run a commercial fishing operation in the summer (I can’t eat that much by myself), and although I’m inching toward the noble sardine as a source of calcium and omega-3s and all that good stuff, well, there are days that a girl just doesn’t feel quite up to a sardine.

So when I was in Coscto this weekend, and saw a stack of six cans of salmon for $9.99 I thought, “hey, isn’t canned salmon mostly wild? sustainable? cool.” Into the cart went the cans of salmon, which I have to say, contain beautiful, clean, delicious salmon.

Unfortunately it’s farmed. Off Chile. Which as Barry Easterbrook (late of Gourmet Magazine, and currently being harassed by the Conde Nast lawyers) points out, Chilean salmon farming is Not A Good Thing.

Oops. Wrong salmon. Damn. It’s delicious, and in my pantry, so I’ll happily eat it all up (I’m thinking nori rolls for lunch) but next time, I’ll look for the wild-caught. According to The Google, Kirkland also has a wild-caught salmon in a can, and that, say the venerable folks at Monterrey Bay, is pretty sustainable. So score one for finding that salmon in a can is delicious, deduct one for buying the wrong kind.

2 thoughts on “Canned Salmon Near Miss

  1. Your mention of Costco salmon sent me running to my pantry. Fortunately, what I have says it’s wild and Alaskan. I don’t remember what I paid for it as I’m down to my last can. I recently bought frozen salmon patties at Costco, also wild and Alaskan. Both products are distributed by the Trident Seafood Corp and neither carries the Kirkland label.
    I very much enjoy your blog.

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