Keta Salmon?

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2014/07/28 20:04:36 (permalink)

Keta Salmon?

Does anyone know anything about this? I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but when fresh, wild caught salmon is on sale for $5.99/pound in Michigan, I tend to be skeptical. If it's a decent fish I'm definitely buying a bunch (it's half price from what they charge for farmed fresh salmon).
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/28 20:46:41 (permalink)
    Keta is like cat food.
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/28 21:41:16 (permalink)
    Google it and you'll stay away from it. I don't fool around when it comes to salmon. It has to be Alaskan wild caught (confirmed) or I don't eat it. I don't care what it cost.
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/28 21:46:59 (permalink)
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    Don't buy it!  Out of the five species of salmon, keta, called chum in Alaska, is definitely at the very bottom of the list.  It has a very strong taste and is dry. 
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/28 23:52:32 (permalink)
    Davydd
    Google it and you'll stay away from it. I don't fool around when it comes to salmon. It has to be Alaskan wild caught (confirmed) or I don't eat it. I don't care what it cost.


    You have obviously never had any salmon that are local to the Pacific Northwest. Right now there are chinooks, coho's & kings being caught right here at the mouth of the Columbia river and they are very good.
    Take a look at one of the local fish mongers FB page.
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/29 00:48:45 (permalink)
    The only thing worse is catfish from the polluted rivers of Asia!
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/29 08:29:52 (permalink)
    A mild flavored, pinkish/orange flesh (varies) salmon.    It is an Alaskan caught salmon and about the 2nd (to hump "pink") most plentiful salmon fished.   Therefore, it tends to be the lower priced salmon compared to the premium red flesh salmons.    It is not a trash fish, just a low price fish.  ...  Most of the catch is sold to China which process the salmon and then markets the pink salmon in the US under different names at an inflated price.
     
    Make up your own mind.  It is not as bad as some of the post above indicate.  But it is not the premium red flesh salmon most buyers want.  ... http://www.wildalaskaflavor.com/keta-salmon/
     
     
    post edited by edwmax - 2014/07/29 08:57:55
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/29 09:01:15 (permalink)
    Cold Point has Keta 20lb special at $138 includes shipping.  You might be able to get a better price if you watch daily catch prices and order by phone.     http://www.coldpointseafoods.com/order.html
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/29 10:59:40 (permalink)
    I'm here in salmon land. No one eats it. Why buy something less than the best?
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/29 15:15:02 (permalink)
    There in Alaskan salmon-land, they catch, sell, and eat a whole bunch of it.
     
    2014 salmon catch  ... 6,000,000 fish (keka or chum) went some where and the same for 35,000,000 Pink (the lowest cost).   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyfisherysalmon.bluesheet
    post edited by edwmax - 2014/07/29 16:46:31
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/29 20:53:05 (permalink)
    In Alaska salmon-land we catch, sell, but don't eat a whole bunch of it.  Yes, the Native Alaskans smoke it and also make squaw candy.  That is a very, very small percentage of the total catch of chum.  Most of it is sold to China where processing the chum into value-added products is cheaper than here, then it is re-sold to the US.......and it's still cheaper than processing here.  So if you buy frozen salmon patties, other frozen salmon products and certain canned salmon, you are eating chum.  I used to be the Research and Development chef for Alaska Seafood International and was shocked to find out how much salmon, cod and other fish were caught in Alaskan waters but sent to China for processing.  The heads and bones are turned into animal food.
    But to get back to actually eating chum.......the Natives do......the rest of us don't.  Why?  We have kings
    and reds!!  Why eat the least delectable when you have the best?
     
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/29 20:59:32 (permalink)
    They do feed chum to sled dogs.
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/29 21:02:52 (permalink)
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    Why eat the least delectable when you have the best?
     

    I guess chum do and chum don't!


     

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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/30 01:17:32 (permalink)
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    There in Alaskan salmon-land, they catch, sell, and eat a whole bunch of it.
     2014 salmon catch  ... 6,000,000 fish (keka or chum) went some where and the same for 35,000,000 Pink (the lowest cost).   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyfisherysalmon.bluesheet

    Pink usually winds up in a can, chum winds up in cat food!
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/30 12:02:22 (permalink)
    Excellent, thank you all! That was my instinct, because while I love getting a bargain, I also hate eating what I was sure was going to turn out to be nasty. I'll stick with salmon as a treat.
     
    Edwmax, thanks, but I wasn't looking to find some at a cheaper price, just asking if, because it's on sale this week at my local grocery store I should buy it.
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/30 14:50:23 (permalink)
    felix4067   ...
     
    Edwmax, thanks, but I wasn't looking to find some at a cheaper price, just asking if, because it's on sale this week at my local grocery store I should buy it.


    I was attempting to show that even tho your store had keta on-sale, it may still be over priced.   Checking online sale outlets would be a easy way to verify the price.     ... One reference that I pulled up indicated the 'off-the-boat' price a being 60 cents or less per lb.  But I'm not sure this was the correct 2014 going rate.  ... This is the height of salmon fishing season so deals can be found and the store prices should be at their lowest.
     
    Another problem is that a lot of fish is ms-marked as to correct species.  Keta is sold under several different names.   The flesh on this salmon change color during its growth more than other salmons.    In earlier stages, it can look like and be passed off as being Coho when filleted & skinned; and cheaper 'pink' salmon could be sold as keta.   (don't trust those Chinese; look where it got McD's in Japan) 
    post edited by edwmax - 2014/07/30 14:54:29
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/30 15:51:22 (permalink)
    Sure, and I appreciate it. I was just going through the ad and saw it. Having never heard of it, and knowing there were folks here who are very familiar with salmon, I thought I'd ask. It wasn't that I needed to know what it should cost, but more that the absolute cheapest I have ever seen fresh salmon of any kind here is $9.99/pound. I was quite honestly expecting the exact response I got, because my first thought even having never seen the name before was "cat food."
     
    The trouble with pricing here is that we are in the middle of the country, so any fresh seafood is considered overpriced by other areas standards, especially off the boat pricing. But it's what we pay if we want it.
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/30 16:34:48 (permalink)
    In March or April, I bought 2lb frozen packs @ $4.99/ea ($2.50/lb)    It was good.     ... another article about the 'poor' & under rated salmon.   http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/food/article/Yukon-River-chum-Fairy-tale-ending-for-salmon-s-1282025.php
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    Re: Keta Salmon? 2014/07/30 16:52:25 (permalink)
    OK, thank you. I started this thread specifically to ask about fresh keta salmon on sale this week at my local grocery store. All the information you're sharing is great, but really not what I needed. But I did get the information I needed, so I'm good!
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