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Costco Smoked Salmon?

zachschef Dec 29, 2008 05:00 PM

Anyone bought the packaged smoked salmon from Costco? I was going to do a New Years Day buffet and serve it with pumpernickel and a caper/red onion spread. I noticed they had two varieties -- one was Atlantic and I can't remember what the other one was. Each was pre-sliced.
Anyone know if it is any good?

BTW, if you don't recommend buying it there -- any suggestions for buying smoked salmon in the city?

Thanks and Happy New Years Hounds.

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    estnet RE: zachschef Dec 29, 2008 05:09 PM

    They were sampling it a while ago and it was very good - but I don't remember which it was if there are 2 varieties :(

    1. RichieT RE: zachschef Dec 29, 2008 05:49 PM

      Last time I checked in Philly PA Costco, there was only the one variety of the Costco branded salmon. As one who has grown up with smoked salmon and has enjoyed it my whole life (I'm 53) I can tell you that IMHO the Costco variety is perhaps one of the very best pre-packaged, machine sliced smoked salmon that I have ever had! It is my understanding that it is caught & processed in Norway, and it has the nice oily texture of Norwegan smoked salmon. Which leads me to the thing that I like best about it.. you can actually taste the smoked part! In your case, with pumpernickel, onions & capers, I think this is the choice that works best.
      If, in fact the other variety is an "Atlantic" salmon, some brands are much better than others. Lasco, Acme & Vita are good. You need to check the label to see if it is domestic or Chilean. Domestic tends to be more flavorful, but the Atlantic salmon is more subdued than the Norwegan variety.
      Now.. though the pre-sliced is great, it is not as good as hand sliced deli smoked salmon. The problem here is economics, as the hand sliced variety is about 3 times the price, not great for the budget....so, you be the judge!!!
      eat, enjoy & have a great new year!

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        hankstramm RE: zachschef Dec 29, 2008 08:22 PM

        They have an Atlantic and Pacific Salmon. I believe the Pacific is wild. I usually buy the Pacific, since it comes in smaller packages, but I've had both and they're better than most crap you'll find outside of a real specialty place that will charge double the price.

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          zachschef RE: hankstramm Dec 29, 2008 08:32 PM

          Thanks to all replies. I was hoping to hear that it was good. The price is excellent. I will give it a try for the bowl games!

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            ferret RE: zachschef Dec 30, 2008 06:03 AM

            It's as good as I've ever had (and I've had a lot). Disappears quickly when the kids are home.

        2. maria lorraine RE: zachschef Dec 29, 2008 09:50 PM

          I buy the wild Alaska smoked salmon often...it's great.

          1. The Chowhound Team RE: zachschef Dec 30, 2008 03:06 AM


            We've moved this discussion about Costo Smoked Salmon to the Chains board. For recommendations of where to buy smoked salmon in San Francisco, please post on the San Francisco Bay Area board.


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              robert4444 RE: zachschef Dec 30, 2008 02:46 PM

              I eat this regularly. The product is awesome. The price is incredibly low too.

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                Bob W RE: robert4444 Dec 30, 2008 05:57 PM

                I second robert's post completely. This is great stuff. NB same goes for the smoked salmon at BJ's. Perfect for bagels and also for just eating straight from the package if you are jonesing for some protein.

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                  cheesecake17 RE: Bob W Dec 31, 2008 07:50 AM

                  The Costco smoked salmon is delicious. Sometimes Costco even has smaller packages. If you have leftovers, I find it best to store wrapped in waxed paper inside of a ziplock.

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                mutti RE: zachschef Dec 31, 2008 06:34 PM

                Please let me know which of the smoked Salmon you all liked the best??I'll be going to the Kansas City Mo costco,??? couldn't make it for Christmas as kansas is over 200 miles away for me,but is the closest, I had to settle for that awful sam's club for the Holidays,believe me they have non of the goodies Costco has,
                Thank you in advance.

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                  toutefrite RE: mutti Jan 1, 2009 03:58 PM

                  Wild salmon is only from the pacific. The farmed atlantic stuff never tastes as good. The texture and flavor of wild are always superior.

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                    ferret RE: toutefrite Jan 1, 2009 04:09 PM

                    Their standard smoked salmon is sourced from Norway. Farmed but quite good. Not really fair to "compare" Pacific to Atlantic salmon, they're different fish with different flavor profiles.

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