Several months ago we wrote about a wonderful service for fish lovers: Sitka Salmon Shares, a wild-caught Alaskan seafood delivery service.
Sitka is a port city in southeastern Alaska, near Juneau, the state capital, which is inland.
Sitka sits on the west side of Baranof Island, on the Gulf of Alaska.
And it’s there that a collective of local fishermen pull the catch into their boats and quickly bring it to port.
There, it’s filleted, blast frozen to -50°F and individually vacuum-sealed, locking in the fresh-caught flavor.
We’re a very happy subscriber. The fish is as good as it gets.
Sometimes we’ll eat the fish night after night, until it’s gone, because we can’t stop eating it.
The vacuum-packed seafood can sit in the fridge for more than a week (we’ve had excellent results with salmon two weeks in the fridge).
When we won’t be dining in for a week or so, some of the fish stays goes into the freezer for later in the month. It maintains its fresh taste without degrading.
Buy it for yourself, and make a gift to others who:
The company’s motto is “from boat to doorstep.” The fish tastes like it was just pulled out of the water.
When we test fish or meat, we cook it simply, with no seasonings. The true test of flavor is how good they taste when they’re “naked.”
The Sitka Salmon Shares salmon and cod we tasted were so good, just steamed, that we had no need to add salt, pepper or lemon juice to the cooked fish. (We cooked it “medium rare.”)
We felt so good eating great fish for dinner, that we ordered a premium share in addition to our regular share.
Sitka Salmon Shares is Community Supported Fishery (CSF), the fish version of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), where farmers deliver boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables during the season.
Consumers purchase “shares” of the seafood harvest before the fishing season begins.
The number of shares purchased dictates how much fish the fishermen catch, which is why you need to sign up before fishing season begins.
Your share of the wild Alaskan catch is delivered to you monthly during the fishing season, which runs from April thru December.
The species and weight of your fish will vary, based on the plan you select.
You choose the species and quantity of fish for your monthly delivery, ranging from 3 to 9-month intervals (you can cancel at any time).
The 2020 catch is based on what’s best in the sea. The 2019 catch included:
A FEEL-GOOD PURCHASE
The CSF (Community Supported Fishery) supports small-boat family fishermen.
Head to SitkaSalmonShares.com and pick a plan.
Then, relish each box of fish you receive.
If you’re not a skilled cook, remember: No fish-cooking skills are required. A simple steaming is marvelous (and very low in calories).
Your fish-loving friends and family will be thrilled with a gift of Sitka Salmon Shares.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Give a gift of fish and you provide a number of memorable meals.
Memberships are open now, and available year-round except for one transition week.
There is a one-week period in late September/early October when you cannot purchase a membership.
That being said, if you hit the website during that week, just come back the following week!
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