News and Notes
Which wild salmon is your favorite? Have you tried them all?
15 January, 2019
When we first started promoting our fish at farmers markets, salmon was all the rage. It was on every restaurant menu and in every supermarket across and country. The challenge then was that the only widely available salmon was farmed raised. Farmed salmon is a genetically engineered Atlantic salmon grown in net cages in the open ocean off the Pacific coast of Chile (mostly). You may have seen wild salmon canned or "fresh" in the fish counter on occasion. Back in the early 2000's, we spent many hours discussing the superiority of Wild Salmon over farm-raised with consumers. Well, times have changed rather quickly and now it seems that a large share of seafood consumers are well aware of the wild vs. farmed debate and consistently seek out sustainably harvested wild Alaska salmon. As you probably know, wild salmon has higher omega-3 oils and better nutrition, it's more eco-friendly and has a superior flavor and texture. What you may not know is that there are 5 species of Wild Pacific Salmon caught in the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean around Alaska. We're commonly asked, "which one is the best?" There is no simple answer, but we can certainly help you determine your favorite salmon. Here is a basic overview: 1) Sockeye or Red Salmon is the darkest red and has the most powerful salmon flavor. Due to its high omega-3 oil content, sockeye is widely considered the "healthiest" salmon. These fish migrate tens of thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean during their 2-3 year lifespan. Sockeye is our favorite salmon for sashimi, though we do grill or pan sear it often. Worldwide, sockeye is the Japanese preferred salmon. 2) Coho or Silver Salmon is slightly lighter, milder and has about half the omega-3 oil of sockeye. Coho tends to be juicy and flavorful when cooked. Coho is our favorite salmon for baking, grilling and smoking. Worldwide, coho is the American preferred wild salmon. 3) Keta or Silverbright Salmon (known in Alaska as chum salmon) is very mild and has 0.6 grams of omega-3 oil per serving (about 10 times more than most whitefish). Due to its mild taste, we think keta salmon makes an excellent substitute for cod or halibut and has superior nutrition. The flesh turns a very pale pink when cooked and it does well with a sauce or poached in white wine and water. Keta is our favorite salmon to prepare for guests who may or may not like salmon. Kids love it too. Worldwide, keta salmon is the favorite of Europe, particularly France. 4) Pink Salmon has traditionally been canned, as it is the most abundant species of wild salmon. We recommend canned wild salmon over any farmed salmon every day of the week. Pinks have a 2 year lifespan and are the smallest of the 5 wild Pacific salmon species. Pink salmon has a good omega-3 oil content and provides a lot of high quality protein. It's our favorite salmon for chowder, salads and omelets. Typically, we wholesale all of our pinks to the cannery at the time of harvest. 5) King or Chinook Salmon is the largest and least abundant of the wild Pacific salmon species. It has a long lifecycle in the open ocean and the average king is over 30 pounds. King salmon is the state fish of Alaska and most of it is consumed within the state. It is a great source of omega-3 oil and is excellent cut into steaks. We didn't harvest any king last season, we suggest coho as the nearest alternative. For many years, sockeye was our family's favorite. Now, we are better satisfied by rotating through the species for a little more variety. We suggest trying 2-3 varieties of our wild salmon to determine your favorite. ENJOY! Try our Keep It Simple Salmon Recipe
Fresh Catch! Sablefish and Pacific Cod!
14 January, 2019
Come see the FishHugger Family and get your fresh catch sablefish filet and pacific cod filet at the farmers market this weekend! Halibut season starts in March 2019. Order now for March fresh catch halibut filet and halibut cheeks!
7 January, 2019
Come see us at our favorite Phoenix markets and check out our January Pork specials by the cut or by the case.
28 December, 2018
We're back in Arizona for our winter-spring farmers market season! Catch us at the farmers markets this weekend (Dec 29/30). Thank you for an incredible 2018 and we look forward to serving you in the new year!
Thank You Los Ranchos!
9 December, 2018
As usual, we certainly enjoyed the December winter market in Los Ranchos. We look forward to seeing all of you again next May for the summer-fall New Mexico Growers Market season!
Thank You Phoenix!
4 December, 2018
We really enjoyed our fall farmers market season! We'll see you back at select Phoenix farmers markets beginning January 2019. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season.
1 December, 2018
Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 4-7pm at FishHugger's home (2031 N 47th St, Phoenix AZ 85008). You can get access to SO MUCH MORE at our home! Come see us, children and families welcome. Light snacks and samples will be provided. Bring a friend and bring a cooler. This is our last event in Phoenix until January 2019. We really enjoy the markets, yet we have much to offer through socials, dinner parties, cooking classes and demos. Our place or yours, we can customize your class or event. Let us know what you'd like to see!
Last Week in Phoenix until January 2019!
26 November, 2018
Hello Phoenix FishHuggers, we've enjoyed our fall farmers market season here in Arizona and we look forward to being back at our favorite Phoenix markets beginning in January 2019! In the meantime, we're here in AZ through December 2. Soon we'll be enjoying our winter vacation with family in New Mexico over the holiday season.
22 November, 2018
Call to schedule a private holiday shopping party at our Phoenix home in the next 2 weeks for just you or a group and get a jar of happy honey from me to you.
Los Ranchos Winter Market - Please Order
14 November, 2018
New Mexico! You can find us at the Los Ranchos winter growers market on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10am-12noon. This is typically our busiest market of the entire year, so please order in advance. Orders must be placed by Friday, November 30, 2018. send email or call 505-865-4097 or 602-286-9233
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