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#101 Post by NED VALOIS » July 4th, 2014, 2:31 pm

My Uncle Charlie homesteaded in Homer (1960's) & caught a 74 LB King Salmon ! [wow.gif]

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#102 Post by Rick.T » July 4th, 2014, 3:12 pm

I bet he was proud of that 74 lb King; big fish. Homer is a fun place to visit; I try to visit AK every year but haven't made it done to Homer in at least 4 years. I normally spend my time in Soldatna, Seward and Whittier.
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#103 Post by Rick Allen » July 5th, 2014, 11:31 am

Rick, I spent two summers working at a cannery in Chignik when I was in college (a really long time ago). They had a huge sockeye run, along with kings, pinks, and chum. After spending all that time separating salmon innards from egg skeins, I decided that I never would eat chum or pink salmon. The number of worms they carried was just disgusting.

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#104 Post by Mike Maguire » July 5th, 2014, 11:50 am

Rick Allen wrote:Rick, I spent two summers working at a cannery in Chignik when I was in college (a really long time ago). They had a huge sockeye run, along with kings, pinks, and chum. After spending all that time separating salmon innards from egg skeins, I decided that I never would eat chum or pink salmon. The number of worms they carried was just disgusting.
Alaskans won't even feed them to their pets.

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#105 Post by CWun » July 25th, 2014, 7:53 pm

$4.99/lb head-on fresh Cohos at Costco in San Jose Almaden store.
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#107 Post by Scott G r u n e r » May 22nd, 2015, 4:50 pm

Hopefully only another week or so until the first whole sockeye show up at Costco.
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#108 Post by RMolnar » May 22nd, 2015, 7:02 pm

I'm trying a salmon share this year for the first time with these folks (no ties to them other than being a hopefully satisfied customer when my fish comes in).
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#109 Post by ybarselah » May 23rd, 2015, 8:12 am

35$/lb at Eataly. looks amazing, but that's too much for me.
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#110 Post by Nick Gangas » May 23rd, 2015, 6:22 pm

just bought a pound of Copper river King. Thinking it's Coche worthy.

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#111 Post by Nick Gangas » May 24th, 2015, 8:02 pm

Just to report back, the fish was great. Delicious texture and pure salmon flavor with no bite.

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#112 Post by PeterH » May 24th, 2015, 10:17 pm

CR Sockeye tonight with 2002 St Innocent Temperance Hill, 2004 Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve, and 2009 Domaine Serene "not named Evenstad Reserve".
The star of the night was obviously the Sockeye. The St. Innocent was darn good too.

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#113 Post by rfelthoven » June 4th, 2015, 9:35 am

Can anyone in the Seattle area recommend a good source (price and quality) for wild caught AK salmon right now? Any Costco sightings anywhere yet?
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#114 Post by Scott G r u n e r » June 4th, 2015, 10:20 am

Kirkland Costco had both wild alaska king and copper sockeye last weekend. I can't speak for real time- tomorrow I should be able to as I land my catch for the weekend.
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#115 Post by M Hudson » June 4th, 2015, 7:31 pm

Just picked up my first sides of the season at costco REno. Going to smoke them this weekend.
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#116 Post by Frank Drew » June 5th, 2015, 7:59 am

My local Wegman's got Copper River in this week, at around $25/lb. Better price than their King which goes for $33/lb !!. I really like wild caught, but, geez, these prices are killing me.

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#117 Post by rfelthoven » June 5th, 2015, 8:26 am

My mom spotted copper river sockeye fillets north of Seattle for $12.99 at Costco.
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#118 Post by Alan Rath » June 6th, 2015, 11:44 am

rfelthoven wrote:My mom spotted copper river sockeye fillets north of Seattle for $12.99 at Costco.
Hope they swim fast to get down here to the Bay Area!
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#119 Post by Mel Hill » June 6th, 2015, 1:05 pm

IL costco's have CRS as of this week.

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#120 Post by Michael Davidson » June 6th, 2015, 1:20 pm

Not sure where you are, Ron, but Fresh Fish Co in Ballard has always treated me well. Not the cheapest, but always quality stuff. Try the crab cakes, they could be the best in the city.

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#121 Post by Michael Davidson » June 6th, 2015, 2:31 pm

$15/lb at Ballard Market right now for sockeye.

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#122 Post by Joe G a l e w s k i » June 6th, 2015, 4:25 pm

MBerto wrote:Question: Am I better off stock up on Costco CR salmon and freezing several filets, or should I continue to buy only as much as can be used fresh?
I "stocked up" several years ago, to horrible results. Every fish that had been frozen 2+ months was lousy. It might have been a touch better than farmed crap, but not much. I was told by several people that fatty fish does not freeze well. I've had good results freezing cod and monkfish, but salmon did not work for me.

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#123 Post by Bryan Cottriel » June 6th, 2015, 4:38 pm

Joe G a l e w s k i wrote:
MBerto wrote:Question: Am I better off stock up on Costco CR salmon and freezing several filets, or should I continue to buy only as much as can be used fresh?
I "stocked up" several years ago, to horrible results. Every fish that had been frozen 2+ months was lousy. It might have been a touch better than farmed crap, but not much. I was told by several people that fatty fish does not freeze well. I've had good results freezing cod and monkfish, but salmon did not work for me.
I couldn't disagree more. I have about 100lbs of salmon filets that I caught last summer in Alaska in my freezer that still taste better then anything from Costco bought today. I did a side by side (Alaska sockeye vs. copper river) last weekend and the filets that I caught last summer are way better IMHO. Anyone that I talked to in Alaska said reds are fine to freeze for a long time as long as they are vacuumed sealed well.
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#124 Post by Joe G a l e w s k i » June 6th, 2015, 4:46 pm

Bryan Cottriel wrote:I couldn't disagree more. I have about 100lbs of salmon filets that I caught last summer in Alaska in my freezer that still taste better then anything from Costco bought today. I did a side by side (Alaska sockeye vs. copper river) last weekend and the filets that I caught last summer are way better IMHO. Anyone that I talked to in Alaska said reds are fine to freeze for a long time as long as they are vacuum sealed well.
Well, then I don't know what to think. I believe you, but I also have first hand experience to the contrary.

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#125 Post by Lou Kessler » June 6th, 2015, 5:28 pm

Joe G a l e w s k i wrote:
Bryan Cottriel wrote:I couldn't disagree more. I have about 100lbs of salmon filets that I caught last summer in Alaska in my freezer that still taste better then anything from Costco bought today. I did a side by side (Alaska sockeye vs. copper river) last weekend and the filets that I caught last summer are way better IMHO. Anyone that I talked to in Alaska said reds are fine to freeze for a long time as long as they are vacuum sealed well.
Well, then I don't know what to think. I believe you, but I also have first hand experience to the contrary.
Vacuumed sealed? We've had no problem with freezing for up to 10 months.

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#126 Post by Jim Friedman » June 6th, 2015, 6:47 pm

Michigan Costco had excellent copper river salmon for 14.99 per lb today.

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#127 Post by Leonard Maran » June 6th, 2015, 6:52 pm

Bryan Cottriel wrote:
Joe G a l e w s k i wrote:
MBerto wrote:Question: Am I better off stock up on Costco CR salmon and freezing several filets, or should I continue to buy only as much as can be used fresh?
I "stocked up" several years ago, to horrible results. Every fish that had been frozen 2+ months was lousy. It might have been a touch better than farmed crap, but not much. I was told by several people that fatty fish does not freeze well. I've had good results freezing cod and monkfish, but salmon did not work for me.
I couldn't disagree more. I have about 100lbs of salmon filets that I caught last summer in Alaska in my freezer that still taste better then anything from Costco bought today. I did a side by side (Alaska sockeye vs. copper river) last weekend and the filets that I caught last summer are way better IMHO. Anyone that I talked to in Alaska said reds are fine to freeze for a long time as long as they are vacuum sealed well.
Well yes, you caught the fish!

I do find it somewhat depressing that the Epicurean Exploits threads contain so much Costco, not necessarily only because I would prefer to proffer my money to a local provider, but also because Costco is not a good alternative for some of us, for many reasons.

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#128 Post by Andrew Kotowski » June 6th, 2015, 9:01 pm

rfelthoven wrote:Can anyone in the Seattle area recommend a good source (price and quality) for wild caught AK salmon right now? Any Costco sightings anywhere yet?
Gemini Market, Issaquah (and Renton, but I don't go to Renton). Good stuff, a little more expensive than Cosco, but I'll pay the premium for quality.
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#129 Post by Sean Moore » June 8th, 2015, 10:45 am

Michael Davidson wrote:$15/lb at Ballard Market right now for sockeye.

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#130 Post by K e v i n B. » June 8th, 2015, 10:49 am

Had filets of the Copper River in the Brick, NJ Costco yesteday... pretty small filets, and $15/lb, which seemed high based on my recollection from past seasons... still early?
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#131 Post by David Whitworth » June 8th, 2015, 10:53 am

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
rfelthoven wrote:Can anyone in the Seattle area recommend a good source (price and quality) for wild caught AK salmon right now? Any Costco sightings anywhere yet?
Gemini Market, Issaquah (and Renton, but I don't go to Renton). Good stuff, a little more expensive than Cosco, but I'll pay the premium for quality.
This. We had Copper River salmon from Gemini last night cooked in the big green egg that was spectacular. Possibly the best I've ever had. Gemini rocks on all of their products. In fact, it's the only place that I buy fish anymore.

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#132 Post by Larry P » June 8th, 2015, 11:40 am

Leonard Maran wrote:I do find it somewhat depressing that the Epicurean Exploits threads contain so much Costco, not necessarily only because I would prefer to proffer my money to a local provider, but also because Costco is not a good alternative for some of us, for many reasons.
For us out here in the sticks, a "local provider" with any quality at all, includes a fish monger who's such an *sshole my wife won't even go into his shop, and Whole Foods. Costco is by far our best option.
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#133 Post by teddemop » June 8th, 2015, 11:57 am

I caught wild King in Alaska and froze it.
Moved out of apartment. Moved back in 3 years later. Same roommate.

Defrosted freezer. Under the thick ice was about a two pound chunk that had been lost. Garbage, right?

My roommate insisted we (OK, I, as he couldn't toast bread) cook it. We expected to toss it and go out.
It was FANTASTIC! No, not fresh, but spectacular.

My thoughts on frozen fish (as well as Wooly Mammoth from glacier) changed that night
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#134 Post by Marshall Gelb » June 8th, 2015, 3:55 pm

Copper River at the Torrance Sky Park Costco was 13.99 and looked pretty good.

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#135 Post by John O' » June 8th, 2015, 4:51 pm

Syracuse Costco sighting $13.99 / #
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#136 Post by R. Wilhite » June 8th, 2015, 6:53 pm

I now have done 4 filets from Costco, which was 14.99/# and it has been fantastic
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#137 Post by Barry L i p t o n » June 9th, 2015, 6:36 am

Sockeye or king at the costcos?

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#138 Post by P. Willenberg » June 9th, 2015, 12:42 pm

12.99 at the Astoria Costco for CR Sockeye
11.99 for Troll Caught King (origin unknown).
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#139 Post by R. Wilhite » June 9th, 2015, 1:34 pm

I have only seen Sockeye CR at Costco
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#140 Post by NED VALOIS » June 9th, 2015, 4:17 pm

Copper River Sockeye here in Miami at Whollly Cow (Whole Foods) Foods for $28.99 !

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#141 Post by rfelthoven » June 9th, 2015, 8:27 pm

We cooked some Costco CR sockeye on Sunday. Upon opening the package it came off a little off a little more fishy than I usually prefer. However upon cooking it was quite good and very flavorful. Way better than farmed fish.
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#142 Post by Rick Allen » June 9th, 2015, 9:15 pm

P. Willenberg wrote:12.99 at the Astoria Costco for CR Sockeye
11.99 for Troll Caught King (origin unknown).
Good god, I'd go with the Troll Caught fish every time. We've had fresh Columbia River Chinook here in McMinnville for $16/lb, way cheaper than the Cooper River Chinook.

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#143 Post by Eric LeVine » June 9th, 2015, 9:41 pm

Sigh. Wild Pac NW salmon is the only thing I am homesick for after a year in Switzerland. There is plenty of good salmon here, but is pale and lean and nothing like the magical, rich stuff from Alaska and the CR.
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#144 Post by Michael Davidson » June 9th, 2015, 10:45 pm

Ron, living in Seattle I hope you never go for farmed fish. Previously frozen wild in the dead of winter is better than farmed. That's one of the joys of PNW living!

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#145 Post by Scott G r u n e r » June 10th, 2015, 11:54 am

Farmed salmon is an abomination.
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#146 Post by P. Willenberg » June 11th, 2015, 10:46 am

Here's a pic how I like it. The term is cuit à la nacre. Meaning it glistens like a pearl.
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#147 Post by alan weinberg » June 11th, 2015, 11:05 am

couple people locally posted pix of worms in their Costco wild salmon bought here recently. Always a risk.

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#148 Post by Leonard Maran » June 12th, 2015, 10:50 am

East Coast farmed is particularly heinous; terrible for the environment and color added.

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#149 Post by Scott G r u n e r » June 16th, 2015, 12:51 pm

alan weinberg wrote:couple people locally posted pix of worms in their Costco wild salmon bought here recently. Always a risk.

Yep- but these are not harmful I believe- Kind of gross and ideal to pull them out before you cook the fish if possible. This is the only issue I prefer to cook the fish a slight bit more than the pic above- Nothing creepier than a worm still alive in the cooked fish, wriggling on your fork. I had to take a month break from Salmon a few years back due to a mental block after having this happen. :)
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#150 Post by JYoung » June 16th, 2015, 6:32 pm

Here's my grilled Copper River sockeye from a few weeks ago, on top of a salad of green beans and sea beans. So good!
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