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Source for smoked salmon?

andrea thurm Dec 20, 2013 04:17 PM

Now that Fox and Obel has closed, I've lost my best source for Smoked Salmon. They had whole sides and cut to order, albeit not always well. Everyone else seems to only carry pre-packaged salmon. Anyone have a suggestion? Thanks.

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    ferret RE: andrea thurm Dec 20, 2013 04:23 PM

    For my money nothing beats Costco. Truly. Goddess and Grocer is a close second.

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      andrea thurm RE: ferret Dec 20, 2013 05:41 PM

      Do they have whole sides? And what brand(s)? Costco in NY where we used to live had Ducktrap which my husband doesn't like.

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        GourmetWednesday RE: andrea thurm Dec 20, 2013 08:05 PM

        If you are interested in house-smoked and not just packaged goods, my first choice would be Calumet Fisheries. If that's too much of a trek for you, the Whole Foods at Kingsbury has a relatively new and very impressive case of smoked fish and seafood goodies.

        Calumet Fisheries
        3259 E. 95th Street
        Chicago, IL 60617

        Whole Foods--Lincoln Park
        1550 N Kingsbury St
        Chicago, IL 60642

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          andrea thurm RE: GourmetWednesday Dec 20, 2013 08:12 PM

          Whole Foods I know well - and they only have packaged salmon. As to Calumet - I thought they only hot smoke - do they cold smoke too?

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            GourmetWednesday RE: andrea thurm Dec 21, 2013 05:25 PM

            Have you been to the Lincoln Park Whole Foods on Kingsbury lately? I don't have a photo, but a few months ago they introduced an entire case of smoked goods; I assure you, there is more than packaged salmon there.

            As for Calumet, per their website:
            "We use natural wood in the smokehouse, not liquid smoke or other industrial substitutes....We marinate the fish in brine overnight, then use only special oak logs to stoke our fire. We carefully tend the fish for hours... all to bring out its naturally delicious flavors."

            They have "Salmon" at $15.59/lb and "Salmon (Pepper & Garlic)" at $15.89 on the online menu.

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              ferret RE: GourmetWednesday Dec 21, 2013 07:11 PM

              Still hot smoked.

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          ferret RE: andrea thurm Dec 20, 2013 08:19 PM

          Costco's is packaged for them. They're partial sides in a 2-pack. About a pound each.

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        Querencia RE: andrea thurm Dec 21, 2013 06:00 PM

        This doesn't answer your question but it's peripheral. Treasure Island sells the side trimmings of smoked salmon at an attractive price, done up in little plastic boxes. Perfectly fine if you're going to make a spread that chops, blends, or purees the salmon anyway.

        1. windyfoodie RE: andrea thurm Dec 23, 2013 08:34 PM

          I see that someone mentioned Calumet Fisheries, which I agree is quite a trek. A similar alternative closer in the city is Hagen's Fish Market. Dirk's Fish is another option.

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            Eldon Kreider RE: windyfoodie Dec 25, 2013 02:32 PM

            Hagen's use hot smoking, which OP objected to above while not mentioning this very limiting requirement at the start.

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              andrea thurm RE: Eldon Kreider Dec 25, 2013 02:52 PM

              Sorry. When I mentioned "whole sides" I assumed cold smoking was understood.

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            moreace01 RE: andrea thurm Dec 26, 2013 03:38 PM

            How about Hagan's?
            I admit, I haven't been. Just heard good things. It appears you can also bring in your own fish to smoke. They sell sides by the pound. I do not know if it is hot or cold smoked.


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              ferret RE: moreace01 Dec 26, 2013 08:46 PM

              Already addressed above. It's hot smoked; not what the OP asked about. Hot smoked is cooked fsalmon that flakes easily and has a dense smoky taste. Cold smoked is like lox or salmon sashimi in texture - nearly raw and slightly translucent with a more delicate smoke.

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              Akatonbo RE: andrea thurm Dec 28, 2013 08:22 AM

              Dirk's, on Clybourn, has cold-smoked sliced-to-order salmon. I just called them about it because I was looking, too.

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                andrea thurm RE: Akatonbo Dec 28, 2013 09:52 AM


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