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Vital Choice mail order seafood review

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forzagto Mar 29, 2009 12:41 PM

I ordered a few items from Vital Choice after seeing a few comments posted on their seafood quality. The two items that I purchased was a box of the sable fish lox and the canned wild salmon traditional style, which includes edible skin and bones.
I purchased the sable fish because it seemed like a unique item and since my favorite type of sashimi is white tuna (sable fish) I was hoping for a similar buttery taste and texture with the lox. I would say that it did fall a little short in comparing to taste to a quality piece of white tune sashimi but maybe this is sort of an unfair comparison for mail order seafood, however for the price I do not think I will reorder this. It tastes good and I look forward to the rest of my packages but for the price in my mind it is not worth the premium.
Regarding the canned salmon again it is not a direct or maybe fair comparison but I have been looking for a canned salmon for quite some time that at least has similar characteristic of that melt-in-your-mouth, buttery, fatty taste and texture of a nice piece of sashimi or seared rare piece of grilled salmon. This canned salmon is exactly what I have been looking for and thought might not exist. The texture, oils, color and flavor hit in all aspects and will be my exclusive source for canned tuna for now on. If you are looking for a quality canned salmon I highly recommend you place and order and it is not too much more expensive than lesser quality options.
I look forward to trying a few of their other seafood items and more of the wild traditional style canned salmon.

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    small h RE: forzagto Mar 29, 2009 03:56 PM

    I think sable fish is actually black cod, not white tuna.

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      forzagto RE: small h Mar 30, 2009 09:02 AM

      You are correct, sablefish and black cod are the same and it's not uncommon for restaurants to label this as white tuna on their menu. More traditionally though white tuna is refered to escolar and to a lesser extent but sometimes as well albacore tuna.

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        small h RE: forzagto Mar 30, 2009 09:16 AM

        And then you have to throw butterfish into the name game. Isn't it odd that a fish can be called both black cod & white tuna? What color is it, anyway?

    2. alkapal RE: forzagto Mar 31, 2009 05:17 AM

      >>>>This canned salmon is exactly what I have been looking for and thought might not exist. The texture, oils, color and flavor hit in all aspects and will be my exclusive source for canned tuna for now on. <<<<

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      your reference to tuna in the second sentence is an error, i presume? or...what am i getting wrong? i ask because their tuna has been highly recommended on these boards, iirc.

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        forzagto RE: alkapal Mar 31, 2009 10:32 AM

        You are right, good catch. I meant that it will be my source for canned salmon from now on although I also look forward to trying their canned tuna. Thanks

      2. mollyomormon RE: forzagto Mar 31, 2009 01:32 PM

        Nice review. completely agree that their canned salmon is fantastic and totally worth the price.

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          nescaffe RE: mollyomormon Jul 29, 2011 10:47 AM

          i'm a huge fan of the salmon. but has anyone tried the salmon sausage patties?

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          audreyhtx1 RE: forzagto Jun 8, 2012 07:34 AM

          Thanks for posting your review! I've been looking for a mail-order supplier for King Salmon. I am able to get decent flash frozen Alaskan sockeye down here, but frozen King seems to be conspicously absent. From my searches of reviews, etc. on-line, Vital Choice is the only one coming up as a reliable quality supplier for shipping frozen fish.

          I'll definitely get some (unsmoked) black cod/sablefish too. I keep hearing wonderful things about that fish.

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