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Old 02-05-08, 08:08 PM   #1
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Salmon in a pouch is awful

I just 'cooked' up one of these:



and even my extremely low expectations were far too high.


I bought it a few days ago to see if it could be something I could bring to work and eat for lunch, and I tried it out tonight. I just can't get over how bad it was. I love salmon, and think its great plain, but this processed slab of protein had a horrible smell, awful taste, and a chewy texture. Ugh, awful product...
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I didn't know that was a real product...
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Old 02-05-08, 08:35 PM   #3
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Pink Salmon in any kind of container, including its own skin, is awful.
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Do they sell it plain?

I remember that getting plain, breast meat chicken in a foil pouch was a major score for a BWCAW trip, as the wilderness area does not allow metal cans of any type and I don't like the way freeze dried meat reconstitutes.
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Old 02-05-08, 09:13 PM   #5
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If it ain't wild alaskan salmon (preferrably coho - yum) then it's not salmon.

Same goes for: If you're eating tex-mex or mexican food anywhere other than the south, you're not eating mexican. Now what could we southern folk eat that northerns make well. Hm. New England Clam Chowder LOL, boy I'm missing out.
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I just 'cooked' up one of these:

and even my extremely low expectations were far too high.

I bought it a few days ago to see if it could be something I could bring to work and eat for lunch, and I tried it out tonight. I just can't get over how bad it was.
I love salmon, and think its great plain, but this processed slab of protein had a horrible smell, awful taste, and a chewy texture. Ugh, awful product...
You must get to Seattle! The salmon sushi, the halibut...simply fantastic and worth the trip.

For lunch, even spam slices are probably better than that pink salmon...
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Yuckers! I tried it just once. And my roommates were getting this salmon product too that was actually precooked and marinated in something and it was just a salt bomb and tasted nothing like a good piece of fish.

Double yuckers.

Fresh stuff all the way! However sometimes when I run into a busy time at work and home and just need to stock up on stuff - and not fresh stuff either cause I may or may not eat it (and hate throwing it out) - I do buy individually frozen fish - one of which is salmon (with NO marinating or precooking, etc) - it's not bad - it'll do in a pinch - especially if I'm at work and instaead of going the sandwich route or the salty soup route of the kiosk downstairs - I'll have my frozen and nuked lunch of frozen veggies and a piece of fish. It's better than the other stuff every day of the week anyway.
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If it ain't wild alaskan salmon (preferrably coho - yum) then
Hey, you aren't about to eat me...eat chinook instead!

fish in a bag, yuk, not around here
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Pink Salmon (fresh or frozen-not from bag) baked in butter is delicious.
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And while we're on this note - I've tried (hey - I'm temporarily living in a place and am basically a <sob> transient till I go look for a new house ... soon) the "flavored" tuna packages - like basil.

Bad! Bad Fish! Nasty. The PLAIN white albacore is awesome (bumble packages), but the flavored stuff - course I made it as I do a normal tuna fish sammie - was just bad.
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If I could, I'd eat fresh salmon every day of my life, and most of it plain. But oy, I don't think god intended for meat to be in a pouch.
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I recently bought some frozen salmon individually packed and frozen. My expectations were low, and the quality was actually slightly above that expectation. You just gotta look.
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I recently bought some frozen salmon individually packed and frozen. My expectations were low, and the quality was actually slightly above that expectation. You just gotta look.
Yeah, the Costco brand of frozen salmon isn't bad. I eat a lot of that.
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Yeah, the Costco brand of frozen salmon isn't bad. I eat a lot of that.
Forgot to mention, only $4 for 6 of 'em
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Forgot to mention, only $4 for 6 of 'em
Flash frozen (think that's what they say) and with no other flavors or herbs, added - yes?

Cause I have a couple of them in my freezer too. As well as "Bad Pat, BAD!" a couple of frozen bags of individually frozen tilapia filets. I enjoy it, it's easy to grab for a lunch - and freakin nice to have in the freezer for handy use.

And I nuke one every couple of days make it last for a few days cause I share a little with my cat (and any other kitty in the area that wants to sit next to my guy "growling" at them) each evening when I come home.

My boy eats well Not lots, but well.
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I don't think god intended for meat to be in a pouch.
Well...
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But oy, I don't think god intended for meat to be in a pouch.
Not even marsupials?
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A lot of Costco's offerings food-wise are pretty good. I need to renew my membership there and pick up some of the mentioned frozen salmon, and other stuff.

They even have a good alcohol selection. Wine and beer in the main store, and the hard stuff in a small store by the main entrance.

As for salt bombs, that is something I detest big time. Unless the fish is to be preserved for long term storage (like for use on an old ship without refrigeration or modern ways of keeping food), why do makers salt stuff so much? Its not hard for people to add salt, seasoning to taste.
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Not even marsupials?
Haha, when I typed that, I was gonna try to make a joke out of it...
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After eating salmon within 2-4 hours after I caught it (see avatar), anything over a day old just doesn't cut it anymore!
In my "older" years, I've gravitated to fresh halibut. The salmon just seems too "rich" anymore. Of course, you have to be rich to afford fresh either, so It's tuna in a can. SIGH
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The frozen pouches aren't too bad - usually blacken them. I agree nothing like freshly caught but I'm not that adventurous to eat whatever comes out of the Hudson or East River
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The Pink Salmon, or Humpback, is the smallest and most numerous of the north pacific salmon. It has a 2 year life cycle, spending about 18 months at sea. This accounts for its light pink color which is caused by a diet rich in small crustaceans such as krill. The larger salmon spend up to 5 or 6 years at sea and develop a deeper red color and richer flavor.

Pinks are harvested mostly by purse seine and are held in refrigerated holds for a few days before being delivered to the packing facility. Until recently, they were mostly canned, salted or smoked. Fish of lowest quality went to pet food. With the advent of flash freezing, some Pink Salmon are now reaching the frozen market. The quality is still not on a par with troll or drift net caught Chinook, Coho or Sockeye salmon which can be caught on Monday morning in Alaska and show up, fresh, in a market in the lower 48 on Wednesday.

Not to mention that a Pink Salmon is an inferior product to begin with.
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Old 02-06-08, 07:29 PM   #23
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I would expect, it is in a bag after all.
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What if you have been backpacking all day or on the bike and you are REALLY hungry?
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Pinks are harvested mostly by purse seine and are held in refrigerated holds for a few days before being delivered to the packing facility. Until recently, they were mostly canned, salted or smoked. Fish of lowest quality went to pet food. With the advent of flash freezing, some Pink Salmon are now reaching the frozen market. The quality is still not on a par with
troll or drift net caught Chinook, Coho or Sockeye salmon which can be caught on Monday morning in Alaska and show up, fresh, in a market in the lower 48 on Wednesday.

Not to mention that a Pink Salmon is an inferior product to begin with.
+1 Dogbait. Even better are Silver or Sockeye eaten the same day they've been landed to your own boat in Puget Sound!
(Around here any Humpies that we catch are used as bait for Dungeness crab, Mmmmm).
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