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6 Amazing Reasons to Love Canned Wild Alaska Red Sockeye Salmon

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6 Amazing Reasons to Love Canned Wild Alaska Red Sockeye Salmon

My hope is to enlighten you about some of the positive reasons you should
enjoy canned wild Alaskan red sockeye salmon. Why make a big deal about
this? Because the taste is amazing and I just spent a lot of time to give
you all this fantastic information. 🙂

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I know that many people do not care to eat canned products because they think they are substandard in some way.

Well, I am here to erase that myth and prove that canned wild Alaska red sockeye is a top-notch product that can be trusted in more ways than one!

1. 100% Pure

Did you know that Alaska leads the country in harvesting wild caught red sockeye salmon? The beautiful pristine waters make it possible for naturally, healthy salmon to be sustainable.

  1. Canned sockeye is 100% pure
  2. No fortified[1] ingredients
  3. Sockeye is not farm raised
  4. No antibioticspic of red sockeye salmon

2. Sustainable

Right now, you are perhaps wondering what does salmon and sustainable have to do with one another? Let us look at the definition of ‘sustainable’ in this subject.

  1. Sustainable means, to not be harmful to the environment or deplete natural resources
  2. The environment I am talking about is our ‘marine life’ and what I mean by depleting natural resources, I am speaking in reference to fish species and supporting long-term ecological balance
  3. Wild sockeye has the best eco-rating

3. Strict Regulations

More importantly, let me help you understand the process that makes this possible.

  1. The Marine Stewardship Council, (MSC) is an independent non-profit global organization, who set strict standards and regulations for sustainable fishing
  2. Harvest and hatchery operations must manage and regulate the practices of environmental standards and procedures
  3. MSC grants a fishery with a label ‘Certified’ when they have met the obligation of biological and ecological practices
  4. When fisheries are well-managed, they are also less likely to have any problems with contamination. That is a huge relief for everyone!
Certified

The importance for a fishery to be labeled certified also tells you, the consumer that the species of fish you buy and eat is indeed safe.

  • No over-fishing or exploiting of resources
  • Fish species have not diminished or become extinct

MSC, scientists, seafood companies and conservation groups have all become ocean caretakers. They make sure that marine life is not endangered or threatened.

  • Assurance that fish populations are healthy and stay for the future
  • All Alaska fisheries are ‘Certified’ Sustainable
  • This promotes the best environmental choice in seafood

4. Beneficial Nutrients

Omega-3’s

I cannot very well talk about salmon, without mention of the abundant levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Canned wild Alaska sockeye has all the nutrition of a fresh salmon fillet.

  • Omega-3 is an essential nutrient that our bodies need to function properly
  • These fatty acids aid in lowering blood pressure
  • Reduces blood vessels from clotting
  • Improves blood cholesterol
  • Eliminates the possibility of coronary heart disease and stroke
Triglycerides

Fatty acids help to decrease triglycerides. Triglycerides are the main component of body fat in humans, animals, and vegetable fat.

  • Triglycerides provide us with energy
  • Polyunsaturated fat helps build brain cell
  • Aids in memory deficiencies

One fact is fish (salmon) is great brain food, but I must concede that we should eat it in moderation. Oh, by the way, don’t bother removing too much of the skin from your canned salmon; it is healthy for you!

  • 1.94g of polyunsaturated fat (good fat) in 3 ounces of canned red
    sockeye
  • 1.74g in 3 ounces of canned pink salmon
Antioxidants

The majority of sockeye feed on plankton, krill, and other tiny shellfish. These organisms create carotenoids and astaxanthins; pigments found mostly in pacific salmon.

  • Astaxanthins and carotenoids create the beautiful orange/red flesh color
  • Protect our cells from the damages of free radicals/toxins
  • Boost our immune system
  • Supports skin and eye health
  • Carotenoids provide numerous benefits in the area of cancer and eye disease

We can experience a multitude of health benefits from eating canned red sockeye salmon so, what are you waiting on. The can is not knocking at your front door, you have to go to the supermarket!

Canned salmon is rich in calcium

Calcium is an essential mineral and without it, our bones and teeth would not have stability or structure.

  • Calcium can help eradicate osteoporosis
  • The tiny edible bones found in canned salmon are loaded with calcium

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Canned salmon packed with protein/amino acids

Because wild red sockeye salmon is an oily fish, it provides us with a healthy source of protein. Protein plays a vital role in our biological make-up and amino acids are the building block of this bioprocess.

  • Proteins/amino acids make our bodies function properly, supplying structure to every cell
  • Our bodies naturally produce some amino acids
  • We get essential amino acids from our diet
  • Amino acids work in union with muscle mass, tendons, skin tissue and vital organs

The Institute of Medicine recommends a minimum of 8g of protein for every 20 pounds of body fat.

  • In a 3.5oz serving of red sockeye salmon, there are 27g of protein
Magnesium in Canned salmon

Magnesium is a crucial mineral for all living cells. This mineral regulates our body temperature. Through biochemical processes, magnesium supports cardio rhythm, nerve function as well as supporting bones and teeth.

  • Regarding muscle function, magnesium aids in reducing muscle spasms
  • Reduces the risk of constipation and indigestion
  • Magnesium is absorbed through our small intestines
  • 3.5 ounces of canned salmon gives you 29 milligrams of magnesium
Canned salmon and potassium

Another indispensable mineral is potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte, which conducts the electricity in our bodies.

  • Helps the body maintain normal fluid balance
  • Responsible for controlling heartbeat and blood pressure
  • Makes muscles function correctly
  • Promotes bone health
  • Electrolytes stimulate kidneys to discard waste matter

Without a sufficient amount of potassium, our nervous system will malfunction.

  • Causing major problems to cell structure
  • Muscle tissue and vital organs

It is very important that we eat food that contains potassium daily. A 3oz serving of canned wild sockeye supplies 347mg.

5. Flash Frozen

Red Sockeye salmon is flash frozen at its peak of perfection. Strict guidelines and specifications ensure that consumers receive the best quality product.

  • Blasted with external cold air 60 below zero or colder
  • Flash frozen guarantees nutrition, texture, moisture and flavor
  • Retaining freshness is a key component

6. Heat Processed

Some canned salmon undergo heat processing, cans are vented for less than 20 minutes at 225° F. Then, undergo another process at 245° F. for 45 minutes depending on the size of the can.

  • Heat process helps eliminate the possibility of botulism
  • Alaska red sockeye is fully cooked
  • Has a long shelf life; six to nine years
  • All wild Alaska red sockeye salmon come from well-managed fisheries

Conclusion: Use wisdom

Remember to take responsibility when buying food items. My slogan is “let the buyer beware”. Check labels on all canned goods. When spending your hard-earned dollars, use wisdom.

Make sure that the label on the can reads ‘Wild Alaska Red Sockeye Salmon’ and, not just salmon. Wild caught should be a part of the label otherwise, you could be buying farm-raised salmon.

Check the cans

In the event that a can does not show an expiration date; bring it to the attention of the clerk in the market. Hold the store accountable. Never buy cans that appear swollen, have dents, rust, leakage or a foul odor.

Skin and bones

For those of you that feel skin and bones are a hassle, buy the ‘boneless skinless’ wild Alaska red sockeye salmon. Then, be prepared to pay a little more.

Do keep in mind, the health benefits of eating skin and bones! Of course, it is strictly a matter of choice.

Read labels

Depending on the brand you buy, the label of ingredients on the back or side of the can may read; ‘red Salmon, Salt’. If you are sodium restricted, not to worry:

  1. drain all the liquid and run a small amount of cold water over the salmon while it remains in the can
  2. drain the remaining water before preparing your dish
image of sustainable seafood logo for canned wild alaska red sockeye blog

Look for this logo at any seafood market or restaurant

Get to know this label and remember to look for “Wild Alaska” or “Wild Caught”.

Ask questions

Wherever you purchase seafood and don’t see the MSC logo ask these questions:

  • Where is the fish coming from?
  • Is the fish farmed or wild caught?
  • If MSC logo is not visible, ask why

Once again, I encourage you to ask questions. Prove, that you are a wise consumer and demand better food choices for you and your family. Change can only come about when we open our mouth and speak out.FYI: Farmed salmon has added antibiotics and contain more B6 than omega-3’s.

Until next time, remember to use wisdom! Chef Ann

References / resources:

[1]Fortified: Wiki – Food fortification
Canned fish – wiki || Triglycerides: Why do they matter? – mayoclinic.org || Sustainable
Fishing
– National Geographic || Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) – wiki || Omega-3 in fish: How eating fish helps your heart – mayoclinic.org

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Salmon Croquettes Delight; Made With the Best Quality Sockeye

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Baked Salmon Croquette garnished with Lemon dill dressing

Baked Salmon Croquettes

Salmon Croquettes; wild Alaskan Red Salmon, Baked salmon croquettes uniquely shaped. Prepared with colorful sweet bell peppers, diced celery, scallions, Italian bread crumbs a hint of cayenne pepper and a dash of smoked paprika. Served golden brown and garnished with a drizzle of lemon dill dressing.

Ingredients

  • 3 cans of Red Salmon (wild Alaska) 7.5oz (213g) or (2) 14.75-ounce cans
  • 1 Tbsp. finely diced celery or 1 tsp. of celery seed
  • 2 Tbsp. of Orange bell pepper (diced small)
  • 2 Tbsp. of Red bell pepper (diced small)
  • 4 Scallions (green onions) finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1/4 tsp. of fresh lemon juice

    pic 4 salmon croquettes

    Red Sockeye Salmon

  • 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Smoked paprika

Ingredients for Lemon Dill Dressing

  • 4 sprigs of fresh Cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 Scallion diced
  • 1/4 tsp. of garlic and parsley seasoning
  • 1 and 1/2 Tbsp. of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. of fresh chopped Dill or 1 tsp. of dried Dill Weed
  • 1/2 cup of Miracle Whip
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. of Honey mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. of sweet relish
  • 1 Tbsp. of sweet Marsala

Preparation for Lemon Dill Dressing

  • In a medium size bowl combine all of your ingredients; use a fork or a whisk and stir for about three minutes
  • Do a taste test, you may want to add a dash of salt; if not cover and refrigerate until ready to use
  • Remove from refrigerator fifteen minutes before serving

Instructions for Salmon Croquettes

  • Open both cans of salmon, but do not remove salmon until you have drained all liquid from the can.
  • Hold each can under cold running water with salmon still in the can for about two seconds, now take a fork and press down on salmon allowing water to drain out of the can

Preparation before cooking

  1. In a large bowl add 1 can of salmon
  2. Prick salmon apart with a fork making sure to remove the visible small bone particle and loose skin; discard in sink
  3. Repeat this process with the other cans of salmon
  4. Combine bell peppers, green onion, celery, eggs, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and a 1/2 cup of Italian bread crumbs
  5. With a fork or spatula blend ingredients well, portion ingredients into four, six or eight parts with a spoon or spatula
  6. In a medium size bowl add a 1/2 cup of Italian bread crumbs and the 1/2 cup of Panko crumbs
  7. Using your hands begin to mold each section into an oblong shape
  8. Holding one salmon croquette at a time sprinkle bread crumbs all over, or you can roll them in bread crumbs
  9. Gently shake off excess bread crumbs
  10. Place salmon croquettes on a medium size plate and cover with plastic wrap; place in refrigerator for about thirty minutes to an hour
  11. Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
  12. Remove salmon croquettes from refrigerator and discard plastic wrap; sprinkle smoked paprika gingerly (carefully) on both sides
  13. Place croquettes on a non-stick cookie sheet; you may also line a cookie sheet with parchment paper in the case that you do not have a non-stick pan

Preparation while cooking

  1. Place croquettes in oven on middle rack; 350 degrees for twenty-three minutes
  2. If you have placed your salmon croquettes on parchment paper, remove them from the cookie sheet and put them on a Comal / iron skillet or another ‘broiler-safe’ pan
  3. Now put them under the broiler for two minutes or until golden brown; watch carefully so they do not burn
  4. If you did not use parchment paper, just make sure that your baking sheet is broiler safe and follow number 3.
  5. Serve on a platter or individual plate and garnish with lemon dill dressing; Buon Appetito my friends

Preparation time: 28 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Total time: 53 minutes
Servings: 6-8

Chef Ann Tips

What to buy:

My choice was the Red Sockeye Wild Salmon, however, the Wild Pink Salmon is another choice for this recipe if preferred. You can also buy Boneless Skinless Salmon in the can. Be prepared to pay more at the market.

How to prep Can Salmon:

You may or may not rinse canned salmon in cold running water before removing from the can and pouring into a bowl.

Be sure to remove the visible bone in the center of the salmon; better known as the (backbone).

Do not bother with the removal of all the little soft bones, they are all edible.

I do remove some of the loose skin found in the can, but not all of it. Just in case, you did not know; Omega 3 fatty acids are found in the skin of salmon.

Seasoning:

Dried Celery seed is fine to use in this recipe if fresh celery is not available. For those of you that want more spice;double the Cayenne pepper, but keep in mind you will be tasting more heat than the real flavor of the Sockeye Salmon.

Size matters:

After mixing all of your ingredients into the salmon, decide how large you want croquettes to be. I would suggest 2.4 or 2.5 ounces per croquette for a party of four. You can portion them at five ounces each and that would yield a large croquette as featured at the top of my recipe. Also, if you do not care for the shape of my croquettes; by all means make salmon patties, and reduce the baking time by five to seven minutes.

About the Lemon Dill Dressing:

Plain Greek Yogurt or mayonnaise can be a substitute for the Miracle Whip. The use of sweet Marsala is optional. The best tip I can leave you with is to just put your whole heart into making this the best dish ever!

Helpful information

  • Icicle Seafood Inc. is a Seattle-based processor of the Arctic Star brand of canned “Wild Alaska Red Salmon”, used for my recipe.
  • Alaskan Star Inc. Seattle, Washington 98199 distributes this product.
  • This salmon is ‘wild caught’ in the U.S.A
  • One serving of this red salmon provides 800mg of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Nutrition Facts about this product are as follows; serving size 2 oz. (56g / ¼ cup) Servings about 4, Calories 90, Fat Calories 40
  • This product has zero sugars, which should make any diabetic smile.
  • You may not find the Arctic Star brand in your market; here are some labels to consider. Deming’s, Honey Boy, Black Top, Trader Joes label, Raincoast Trading, and Vital Choice.

Source:
Icicle Seafoods, Inc

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