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Canned Salmon

We discussed canned tuna earlier, so now I'd like to recommend salmon.

The best I've had is Costco's Kirkland brand skinless boneless salmon. Good stuff, way better than Gefen, Dagim, or any of the other Jewish brands.

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  1. I bought from Cosco Bear & Wolf Premium Skinless & Boneless Pink Salmon (WIld Alaskan Salmon). Product carries the OU symbol. I just love salmon and have a pile of them at work. Unlike Tuna, which is too dry, I can just open the salmon can and eat it for lunch. Costco always has excellent prices and usually carries canned salmon. Within a few months a BJs will be opening near me, I understand that it is like Costco, I just hope that they have a larger variety, ex "light" versions of food and of course, more kosher selection. I never stepped into a BJs so I have no idea how they differ.

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    1. re: MartyB

      Unfortunately, BJ's doesn't carry as many kosher brands as Costco. In general, I find the selection of all food items to be more varied at Costco.

      1. re: dadisachef

        Shucks, I was hoping that it would be an effective compeditor to Costco. They lately have been much too crowded. I wish the local supermarkets would take notice and offer more supersized items (at non-supersized price) - especially staple items like toilet paper, paper plates, garbage bags, laundry detergent and cerial. I don't need items like the huge mayo jars , huge canned fruits or the many items that would take up half my refrigerator for one item. those are more commercial products.

    2. Icy Point. Definitely Icy Point. It's so good I feel no need to try any other brand. Unless I'm out, and it's not carried where I shop.

      I haven't tried the "skinless and boneless" brands, for the kashrut-related reasons I detailed in an off-topic post which was deleted by our dedicated moderators.

      But since we're discussing canned food, in not-specifically-Jewish brands, let me bring up baked beans, for no other reason than that I want to plug Bush's Vegetarian Beans, which is absolutely the best baked beans I have ever tasted.

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      1. re: zsero

        I am a big fan of the Costco Kirkland brand as well as the Bear and Wolf. I use the canned stuff exclusively when traveling though, as I can often find fresh salmon for about the same price [I live near Chinatown...], and I can prepare it any way I want.

        Haven't tried canned baked beans since I was very young, but I'll try Bush's to see what I have been missing.

        1. re: zsero

          I was a dedicated fan of Heinz vegetarian baked beans. Once I tried Bush's, I haven't gone back to Heinz. My entire family agrees.
          Just a note to those who have never purchased Bush's, you must be sure that the can you're buying says "vegetarian" since their other flavors are not kosher.

        2. So I've never had canned salmon before. What do you do with it?

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          1. re: kcchan

            Huh? Someone who's never had canned salmon?

            You do with it much the same as you do with tuna. Sandwiches, salmon salad, patties, etc.

            1. re: kcchan

              It is so moist, it can be eaten straight from the can. A favorite at my home are salmon burgers. I mash a few cans of salmon with eggs, black pepper, corn flake crumbs, onions and celery. I make them into patties and fry them in olive oil.

              1. re: kcchan

                Salmon Crochets, mix egg and bread crumbs and salmon together after draining the water.
                Then shape into balls and flatten like pancakes and dip in bread crumbs and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes turning after 10 minutes. They keep good in the refrigerator and are handy to munch.
                Salmon Dip, mix salmon in sour cream and serve on crackers. Season as desired.

              2. Trader Joes has a canned alderwood smoked salmon that is very good.

                We use it in Pasta or salmon cakes, or on sandwiches.

                1. My favorite canned salmon is Cloverleaf Sockeye Salmon. I have only seen it in Canada though. My family brings it to me every time they visit. I find it to be the best canned salmon for patties and salads.

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                  1. re: hindyg

                    As a Canadian, I concur with you Hindy. Clover Leaf makes both sockeye (regular and boneless packed in water) which is great for salmon salad with mayo and pink salmon. The pink salmon, which is cheaper, is better for cooking- salmon patties etc. I mix the drained salmon use Matzo meal (which also comes in whole wheat), egg whites and chopped fresh onions. I then fry them.

                    Clover Leaf tuna packed in water has been available Kosher Le'Pesach (navy can flaked white is water). It is far superior to any of the "jewish" brands. I believe it has an OU in addition to the Toronto certification COR and the cans are labled Kosher for Passover.

                    1. re: sherry f

                      I checked the tins of salmon in my cupboard (red sockeye and pink) Clover Leaf and Gold Seal. Both have the circle U and are marked parve. These are the big tins (418g). It is a highly nutritious foodstuff, especially for people seeking calciun and who have problems with milk.

                      As to the digression on tinned beans, I very much like the Eden organic beans (also circle K) - they have no added salt so the liquid can be added to rice and beans etc. They are usually expensive but I've found good prices on them.

                  2. I think costco canned salmon comes from farm salmon. Farm salmon does not nearly have the healthful benefits that Alaskan (or even Atllantic) salmon has. one of the reasons I eat salmon in the place is for it's health benefits

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                    1. re: berel

                      I agree, the salmon sold in our grocery store fish section, says they added red dye to the farmed salmon, YUK! I like wild salmon, yummy, no dye needed.

                      1. re: soundprincess

                        We love the Trader Joe's canned *wild* salmon. Wild salmon apparently avoids the issue of the toxic PCPs that farmed salmon is known for, and is supposed to be far more healthful than farmed salmon. Both the Trader Joe's boneless and skinless wild pink salmon (in the convenient pop-top tin; no can opener required) and the Trader Joe's wild red salmon are certified by the (U), if I remember correctly. We just had the Trader Joe's boneless and skinless pink salmon a day or two ago, and everyone in the family really loved it.

                        As for BJ's, believe it or not, the BJ's brand of hors d'oeuvres are certified (U) glatt kosher and are a real bargain. We don't have a Costco (or Price Club or Sam's Club) membership, and I have no idea what those stores sell, and how they compare to BJ's, but we like to get (U) organic butter and eggs at BJ's. Unfortunately, BJ's is not national, it's only on the East Coast.


                        1. re: midasgold

                          Costco also now has a wild alaskan salmon in cans with an O-U

                          1. re: berel

                            I'm the one who started this thread way back when. I've had the wild Alaskan salmon from Costco, and it is way better than the skinless, boneless.

                            1. re: ariellasdaddy

                              I actually ran out of both salmon and sardines and will be making a trip to Costco soon. I am curious, is the wild Alaskan salmon skinless and boneless? If not, is it a pain to remove the skin and bones from the salmon or is it all mushed together. I HATE to pick out bones from fish. What I like about the skinless boneless salmon is that all I have to do is open the can and eat it - no "patchkening". Same with skinless boneless sardines, all I do is pour out oil and add some lemon juice.

                                1. re: MartyB

                                  Why remove the skin and bones? Just eat them.

                                  1. re: zsero

                                    Salmon bones (at least the ones in the can) are very soft and mash right up when you mash the salmon, and the bones have calcium, while the boneless variety is lacking. The skin also mashes right in, though I admit sometimes I remove some, as I think that's where more fat is. I know, I know, it's GOOD fat. But still, calories are calories!

                                    1. re: queenscook

                                      If I recall correctly, the Kirkland Wild Alaskan from Costco has bones and skin, but as Queenscook says, mash em up and you won't even know they're there. A hundred times better than their other salmon.

                                      1. re: ariellasdaddy

                                        I just ate a can of it last week and there were no bones or skin

                                        1. re: berel

                                          I just ate another can of Costco's Kirkland brand skinless boneless salmon.

                                          and guess what, it was skinless and boneless

                                2. re: ariellasdaddy

                                  Just came from Costco, their "Wild" salmon was priced "wildly" at $14 for a pack of 4 (i.e. $3.50 a can!) while their "tame" skinless & boneless was prices at $10 for a pack of 6 ($1.67 a can). I went for the cheaper one.

                                  1. re: MartyB

                                    the difference btw the "wild" and "tame" (farm grown) is day and night as far as the health benefits go (omega3). I also find the wild much more flavorable

                                    1. re: berel

                                      I take multi-vitamin and a fish-oil pills every day so I don't get hung up on vitamin and health issues of foods. If not, then that opens up a can of worms with organic foods and the rest. My food bills are high enough already for me to get into the "parsha" of the expensive organic/gourmet foods. I didn't taste the "wild" salmon, but I highly doubt that it is worth twice the price. I find the regular salmon tasty enough - I like salmon but am not "wild" about it. If I want taste, then I will buy a Hagen Daz ice cream pop, loosen my belt, damn the calories, close my eyes and enjoy. I will not get that from a can of salmon, “wild” or “not wild”.

                                      1. re: MartyB

                                        just happen to come across this article this morning about fish Vs. fish oil supplements for the brain