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#151 Post by Andrew Kotowski » June 17th, 2015, 8:22 am

alan weinberg wrote:couple people locally posted pix of worms in their Costco wild salmon bought here recently. Always a risk.
Much, much worse in cod and other bottom feeders. We eat a TON of salmon here (outside of Seattle), and I've only seen it one time.

Eric - Columbia River chinooks were spectacular again this year :D
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#152 Post by Eric LeVine » June 17th, 2015, 8:27 am

Andrew Kotowski wrote:Eric - Columbia River chinooks were spectacular again this year :D
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#153 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » June 17th, 2015, 8:43 am

Was in Seattle for less than 12 hours yesterday and still managed to each Copper River sockeye twice. :)

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#154 Post by MBerto » June 17th, 2015, 8:45 am

The fishmonger at the local natural foods co-op [makes Whole Foods look like Wal-Mart] was trying to sell me on farm-raised "Scottish Salmon" last week. He made the case that the farming for this particular fish was unlike that of most farmed Atlantic Salmon, and was both environmentally friendly and tasty. Said the fish would be certified organic if sold in Europe - didn't think to ask why it's not here. I've seen Scottish Salmon on menus before but always passed - but this co-cop has hyper strict sourcing standards so I'm inclined to believe him - your thoughts?
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#155 Post by Scott G r u n e r » June 17th, 2015, 9:34 am

Of the farmed salmons, scottish is the least abominable.
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#156 Post by mark rudner » June 17th, 2015, 1:01 pm

Scott G r u n e r wrote:Of the farmed salmons, scottish is the least abominable.
now there's an endorsement!

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#157 Post by Corey N. » June 17th, 2015, 1:04 pm

JYoung wrote: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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Gotta back the truck up a sec...is that salmon served with a side of toast and jam?
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#158 Post by JYoung » June 17th, 2015, 1:07 pm

Corey N. wrote:
JYoung wrote: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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Gotta back the truck up a sec...is that salmon served with a side of toast and jam?
What can I say, I like me some grilled toast. I learned some weird things growing up in Ohio. My wife thinks I'm crazy too. [cheers.gif]
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#159 Post by Corey N. » June 17th, 2015, 1:14 pm

Your wife is right.

Where in Ohio did you learn such culinary goodness?
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#160 Post by K e v i n B. » June 17th, 2015, 1:15 pm

Scott G r u n e r wrote:Of the farmed salmons, scottish is the least abominable.
it's also apparently one of the worst ones for you...

http://www.eurocbc.org/scottish_farmed_ ... e1396.html

http://greatist.com/health/farmed-wild- ... nvironment

"The very safest salmon are believed to be farmed in Chile, while Scottish and Norwegian varieties should be eaten as little as possible"
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#161 Post by JYoung » June 17th, 2015, 1:20 pm

Corey N. wrote:Your wife is right.

Where in Ohio did you learn such culinary goodness?
Ha, she always is. And, she's from Chicago, so it would make sense that you might align with her on culinary matters.

I'm originally from the Dayton area, but with some strong rural influences on my mom's side. To be fair, Ohio didn't quite teach me to combine the toast and the fish, as it was always best to avoid Ohio fish in the first place. Still, it seemed like a shame to have the grill on and not make some nice smokey sourdough toast...
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#162 Post by P. Willenberg » June 17th, 2015, 1:24 pm

Scott G r u n e r wrote:Of the farmed salmons, scottish is the least abominable.
I disagree. I think the Ora King is the least abominable of the farmed salmon.

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#163 Post by rfelthoven » June 17th, 2015, 2:40 pm

alan weinberg wrote:couple people locally posted pix of worms in their Costco wild salmon bought here recently. Always a risk.
I found a couple of dead, very small, bright white worms after cooking in two fillets I bought at Costco last week. They were very stretchy and elastic. I wasn't sure they were actually worms but I'm convinced they could be nothing else. I am so bummed since it is kind of turning me off of salmon.
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#164 Post by Leonard Maran » June 17th, 2015, 6:02 pm

But if you live in Seattle what do you need Costco salmon for?

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#165 Post by Andrew Kotowski » June 17th, 2015, 6:46 pm

Leonard Maran wrote:But if you live in Seattle what do you need Costco salmon for?
Gemini (Issaquah) troll-caught for the win;
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#166 Post by Rick Allen » June 18th, 2015, 6:51 am

Leonard Maran wrote:But if you live in Seattle what do you need Costco or Copper River salmon for?
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#167 Post by M.Kaplan » June 18th, 2015, 7:27 am

Those NZ kings are pretty tasty.
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#168 Post by rfelthoven » June 18th, 2015, 3:30 pm

Rick Allen wrote:
Leonard Maran wrote:But if you live in Seattle what do you need Costco or Copper River salmon for?
Fixed
Costco has pretty well established supply chains and good pricing on the salmon. But it seems here that getting CR salmon fillets for $12.99/lb stops being a bargain if they aren't exercising quality control.

I know with some fillets, especially those with the skin cutoff, bright lights can be used on sorting tables to find worms and either pull them out or to discard the fish. I've seen it done at a fish packing plant for sole on the east coast. But most local retailers are going to bring in whole salmon and cut off fillets. I'm guessing most of you think they are more careful than Costco? Probably.

To the more general comment about why I need Costco, I have a pretty favorable view of most things Costco. This is from my customer experiences, returns, and what I've heard from my sister and brother-in-law who have been employed by Costco for years. They really stand by their employees.
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#169 Post by P. Willenberg » June 18th, 2015, 3:32 pm

agreed Ron, there's not a company in the universe I trust more than Costco.
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#170 Post by Frank Drew » June 20th, 2015, 5:45 am

You people out West who can buy super fresh wild-caught salmon for a fraction of the price we pay here in the East... you totally suck!

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#171 Post by Rick Allen » June 20th, 2015, 1:55 pm

I love Costco too. It's just not the place I would look for salmon when we have so many other options for higher quality fish.

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#172 Post by Alan Rath » June 21st, 2015, 9:38 pm

Bay Area Costcos had Copper River this weekend, $13.99/lb. Part of fathers day surf & turf
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#173 Post by Andrew Kotowski » June 22nd, 2015, 9:59 am

Rick Allen wrote:I love Costco too. It's just not the place I would look for salmon when we have so many other options for higher quality fish.
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#174 Post by P. Willenberg » July 11th, 2016, 1:02 pm

Fire up the smoker! $8.99/lb for skin on filets in Oregon and Washington Costcos rn
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#175 Post by ybarselah » July 20th, 2016, 11:50 am

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#176 Post by P. Willenberg » July 20th, 2016, 12:43 pm

I saw a couple fish! No bears tho
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#177 Post by K e v i n B. » June 23rd, 2017, 6:12 am

any sightings yet this year at Costco? Feels late.... or just getting antsy...
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#178 Post by P. Willenberg » June 23rd, 2017, 6:20 am

I saw some last week but I also saw halibut roasts so I bought one of those. Still working down some of the smoked copper river in my freezer too. I was lucky enough to get a king this year to so my sockeye consumption has been lower than normal.
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#179 Post by G Kramer » June 23rd, 2017, 6:37 am

K e v i n B. wrote:any sightings yet this year at Costco? Feels late.... or just getting antsy...
Sockeye here in NY.
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#180 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » June 23rd, 2017, 8:01 am

We had Copper River twice last week while up in Lake Chelan. Way fattier and more hedonistic than what we get regularly from the Rogue.
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#181 Post by Alan Rath » June 23rd, 2017, 8:56 am

At Bay Area Costcos now, had our first of the season on Sunday. Last year it didn't last long, was in the store for 2-3 weeks at most.
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#182 Post by Mel Hill » June 23rd, 2017, 9:08 am

Been in stock at the Denver area Costco's for maybe two weeks. First sighting may or may not have been CRS but this week CRS at $14.99 a pound a few bucks higher than in past seasons

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#183 Post by Scott G r u n e r » June 23rd, 2017, 10:08 am

As I understand the run is small this year and therefore prices have been pretty jacked. Even Costco hasn't been cheap.
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#184 Post by Leonard Maran » June 25th, 2017, 1:44 am

Gee, I guess I found myself in the Costco thread by mistake. But then, I can walk to Bi-Rite on Divis or Gus's up the street and buy beautiful fish any day of the week.

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#185 Post by P. Willenberg » June 26th, 2017, 6:27 am

I pat dry then season liberally and wait an hour or so before broiling.
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#186 Post by PeterJ » June 26th, 2017, 5:14 pm

$14.99 in South Orange County this morning...... but it's here.
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#187 Post by Doug Uno » June 27th, 2017, 7:38 am

What are people drinking with the CR salmon? I opened a 2008 Matello Winter's Hill that was amazing and a great match!

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#188 Post by P. Willenberg » June 27th, 2017, 7:51 am

I've been drinking up my 2014 Spaetlese as I wait impatiently for my 15s to come around plus some NV Andre Clouet.

I've also been enjoy the Hakugyokko “Fragrant Jewel” Yamahai Muroka Nama Genshu with heavily salted salmon.

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#189 Post by rfelthoven » June 29th, 2017, 10:35 am

P. Willenberg wrote:I pat dry then season liberally and wait an hour or so before broiling.
Do you like to eat the salmon skin? I've ordered skin at Japanese restaurants as an appetizer, but find that when I cook salmon at home for my entrees I tend to discard the skin (often leaving it on the grill and slide the flesh right off).
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#190 Post by P. Willenberg » June 29th, 2017, 1:15 pm

I typically eat my portion but I struggle eat the rest of my family's. I will eat the Alaskan salmon but not skin from the Willamette. Sockeye has a lot more skin to flesh than King too.

anyhow, I do a variety of things with it. first step is to flip it over once I slide the meat off, then fry that inside so both sides are crispy. Then you can cut in strips to top a salad or mix with rice for onigiri. My favorite prep is to use it instead of bacon in a lettuce and cheese sandwich. If I'm hungry the next morning, it goes on an egg and cheese muffin or finely chopped on my oatmeal, congee style. YMMV ;)
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#191 Post by Dave McIsaac » June 30th, 2017, 4:11 am

Eat your hearts out Gents!

I scored some CR King here for only $34.99/lb.

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#192 Post by PeterJ » July 1st, 2017, 10:29 pm

I didn't think too look that closely at Costco but is this product 'previously frozen', fresh, or is that not a real issue?
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#193 Post by Dale Bowers » July 2nd, 2017, 7:56 am

Picked up a nice 2 pound filet yesterday here in Denver at CostCo...$14.95/lb
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#194 Post by P. Willenberg » July 2nd, 2017, 8:50 pm

PeterJ wrote:I didn't think too look that closely at Costco but is this product 'previously frozen', fresh, or is that not a real issue?
Fresh. Very fresh.
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#195 Post by Mel Hill » July 2nd, 2017, 9:03 pm

Currently not selling "copper river"
Denver (Parker) Costco packaging just says sockeye salmon.
For the last two weeks it was CRS.
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#196 Post by Todd Hamina » July 2nd, 2017, 9:41 pm

Whoever said to cook what you can eat, and then cure and cold smoke the rest is spot on.

I like to smoke it with fruit tree wood, especially plum.
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#197 Post by David H. » July 3rd, 2017, 10:39 am

My wife and I just returned from two weeks in Alaska. We caught two sockeyes from the copper river, had them filleted and shipped home, 6+ pounds total. We lost three others while fishing.
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#198 Post by Larry P » July 5th, 2017, 10:56 am

Todd Hamina wrote:Whoever said to cook what you can eat, and then cure and cold smoke the rest is spot on.
[cheers.gif] Picked up 4 fillets at Livermore Costco this weekend, $12.99/lb. Cut off a couple fillets and grilled them, then smoked the rest using Red Alder chips.

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#199 Post by R yan C omaz zetto » July 6th, 2017, 4:21 pm

I've had bad luck with Costco fish - of any kind. Even when labeled as "fresh" it does not smell or taste fresh when I get it home. I've stopped buying fish there altogether.

I have been buying my fish at PCC for the past couple years, but our West Seattle store just closed. I've found others (Met market, Thriftway, Seattle Fish Company) to be hit or miss. I'm not sure where to turn... other than Mutual Fish (which seems to be closed every time I go there), Pike Place (good but seriously jacked up prices), or the fish market on the water in Interbay (which is a drive for me). I'm not optimistic about eating good salmon this summer...

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#200 Post by P. Willenberg » July 7th, 2017, 9:17 am

R yan C omaz zetto wrote:I've had bad luck with Costco fish - of any kind. Even when labeled as "fresh" it does not smell or taste fresh when I get it home. I've stopped buying fish there altogether.

I have been buying my fish at PCC for the past couple years, but our West Seattle store just closed. I've found others (Met market, Thriftway, Seattle Fish Company) to be hit or miss. I'm not sure where to turn... other than Mutual Fish (which seems to be closed every time I go there), Pike Place (good but seriously jacked up prices), or the fish market on the water in Interbay (which is a drive for me). I'm not optimistic about eating good salmon this summer...

You could try the Mercer Island New Seasons, Uwajimaya, Lam's Seafood and Fresh Fish Co but the fish at Seattle area Costco is the freshest you can reasonably get in the US. There's 100% inventory turnover every day.
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