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Feb 7, 2007 10:45 AM

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.