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SAVE BRISTOL BAY–With a Big, Fat ‘NO!’ to Pebble Mine

If you love to eat wild Alaska salmon –read on–

We have posted a banner on our website’s homepage, encouraging our wild salmon loving customers to read about the proposed Pebble Mine. https://www.purealaskasalmon.com/

Fishing people, in my experience, are practical people, and as we are resource harvesters, I think there is general respect for other industries that source our world’s bounty.  I question folks who enjoy our world’s resources, while simultaneously disdaining the people and industries who make those resources available for human use. That said, environmental regulations are an absolutely essential piece in the puzzle of resource utilization.

I say this to explain that I understand the need for mining—

 But Pebble Mine does not belong on top of the world’s greatest, by far, sockeye salmon run!

If  ‘Health is the greatest wealth;’ and “You are what you eat,” then what is more valuable to our country, the incomparable health giving properties of wild Alaska salmon, or gold? Pebble Mine poses a grave threat to the irreplaceable watershed of Bristol Bay.

If the resulting 2.5 to 10 BILLION tons of permanently toxic mine tailings, shielded behind a proposed earthen dam 700 feet high and several miles long, were to escape into the Bristol Bay watershed, which, lies, incidentally in a high earthquake zone, it could be a very dire situation.

Earthquakes aside, it is hard to imagine that what would be North America’s largest mine, could operate without doing serious and irreparable damage to this  extremely productive area.

Few Alaskans are for Pebble Mine, as they understand the stakes, but the Canadian mining company, Northern Dynasty–that has never  developed a mine before, pushes on.  It is still a question  mark who will prevail in this epic, ten year old environmental battle.

So please,

Please go to Trout Unlimited’s excellent website, http://www.savebristolbay.org/home/ for more information about this stunningly irresponsible proposal. You can help by making others aware of the issue and voicing your opposition using the resources at http://www.savebristolbay.org/take-action.

No Pebble Mine Sticker*** Pure Alaska customers can claim a free ‘No on Pebble Mine’ sticker to display when you checkout from our web store.

Canned Alaska Salmon for Overseas Personnel

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We get a steady stream orders from folks serving the United States government in overseas assignments. Most who order seem to be military personnel, but we also get orders from people in the diplomatic corps. It is a privilege to fill these orders and we try to add something extra special with the limited extra room in the USPS flat rate boxes that we use.

From now on, when I am fulfilling orders to identifiable ‘APO,’ and the like, addresses, I will refund the buyer 10%. We should have done this sooner.

Canned wild Alaska salmon is a great food choice to give or get for anyone, but it is especially so for people doing strenuous and stressful work.

Sleep is a Weapon and Food is too…

In the fishing community, the great Bristol Bay fisherman, Buck Gibbons, is quoted as saying, Sleep is a weapon. I would like add to Buck’s missive-Good nutrition is a weapon.

*Canned Alaska salmon is very, very nourishing. It supplies quality (and delicious!) fuel to nutritionally optimize mind and body function. It has been my experience that I feel and function much better throughout the day after eating wild salmon. It seems to just generally steady my energy, mood and mental sharpness.

Easy to Eat…

*Canned wild Alaska salmon is very shelf stable and is an easy food to consume, requiring only a can opener and a fork.

Finest of things…

*Canned wild Alaska salmon, in my humble opinion, is also a food that represents some of the finest things about our nation. Wild Alaska salmon is considered the best managed fishery in the world, and is a global model for fisheries management. State of Alaska biologists, in concert with the fishing industry, have shepherded this truly wondrous resource to abundance and sustainability. Wild Alaska salmon is a great reminder of our nation’s capacity for greatness, and that seems to me to be in the spirit with which military personnel and diplomats serve our nation.

So, if you are trying to think of something to send your loved one serving overseas, give canned wild Alaska salmon a thought. We will send it out promptly and any order going to APO, FPO, or DPO addresses will receive a 10% refund to the purchaser.

Weston Ochse

“There are tastes that take you away from where you are; signature aromas that transport you to a different time. Coffee is this way, the smell, the taste, closed eyes, reminding you of so many places you’ve been, so many times you’ve started a new day. Redhead salmon is also this for me. A dash of hot sauce and I’m no longer in Afghanistan, smelling fumes and burning garbage, living on the edge of fear, but rather on the edge of an ice-hugged stream or river, eagles diving, fish running, the air crisp and bright. I can live without salmon, but who would want to, especially in a place like Afghanistan. Redhead makes life better.”
 
Weston Ochse, bestselling author of SEAL Team 666 and Grunt Life


 

Notes on the Military Postal System

Young Patriotic CoupleFor good reason, it is impossible to tell exactly where these overseas salmon customers are stationed, but there are some indicators embedded in the unique addressing system, called the Overseas Military Mail. OMM is a joint venture of the United States Postal Service and the Department of Defense.

The areas were divided into three Military “States:”
AA – Armed Forces Americas
AE – Armed Forces Europe
AP – Armed Forces Pacific

Those States are divided into three “Cities:”
APO – Army Post Office
FPO – Fleet Post Office
DPO – Diplomatic Post Office

An overseas Military address is constructed the same as a domestic US address, so it can be sorted just like regular mail.

All mail is delivered at it’s normal speed to it’s departure city here in the U.S.

Example: Priority Mail is 2-3 days to reach San Francisco, CA. Overseas Military addresses also have similar zip codes to the ones in their departure city.
AA – Miami, FL
AE – New York, NY
AP – San Francisco, CA

Each APO/FPO/DPO is staffed by members of the respective branch of service. Military post offices operate like a domestic post office. Each address holder also has a mail lock box where their mail is delivered. Whenever a parcel arrives, they receive a delivery notification slip.

Good Food Award Winner

Good Food Award Winner 2018
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Pure Alaska Salmon is pleased to announce our 2018 Good Food Award. This award recognizes our work as a sustainable food producer and we were judged on the highest social and environmental standards as well as the quality of the product. The creativity and passion of the other finalists for bringing good food to market was inspiring. We are thrilled to be chosen as one of the best and want to thank all of our loyal customers for supporting us.

About the Good Food Awards

The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Now in its eighth year, awards will be given to winners in 15 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.

Good Food Award Finalist

We proudly announce…

ThinkPink Wild Alaska Pink Salmon is a finalist in the coveted Good Foods Award competition. Over 2,000 entries were subjected to blind tastings and ThinkPink won one of the nine places in the seafood category.

Good Food finalists, “…represent not just the best of America’s food movement, but the qualities we love most about this country: our rich cultural diversity, vibrant agricultural landscape, and the creativity and integrity of its small business owners.”

For more information about the Good Food Awards, go to www.goodfooodawards.org.

2018 Good Food Award Finalist

Pure Alaska Salmon Company LLC is honored to have earned this recognition.

Best Protein for a Hot Summer Day–Canned Alaska Salmon

Canned Alaska salmon, arguably, is the best protein for hot weather meals. Nutritionally, what compares with Alaska salmon? Not much, if anything– maybe sardines?   Sardines, however, don’t marry so well with other foods, as they like to stand alone accompanied by little more than a cracker.

Canned Alaska salmon is a friendly food and just loves to partner up with all kinds of salads, making a summer salad a complete, delicious and very nutritious summer meal.  And, did we mention, there is NO COOKING – just chop and toss and serve.

Try adding canned salmon to coleslaw, it makes a simply delicious combination. I take Lemony Salmon Coleslaw to potlucks, and it never fails to get numerous compliments. An even simpler recipe,

Asian Coleslaw, by Judy of Texas,

  • Combine bagged coleslaw mix
  • With a 7.5 oz can of Redhead wild Alaska sockeye salmon
  • Some toasted sesame seeds
  • Asian ginger salad dressing

Judy cautions to go light on the dressing, so the salad doesn’t lose the great ‘crunch.’  Jusy also puts this recipe together and lets it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Potato salad is another classic summer food, that  when canned salmon is added, it elevates it from that yummy carb and fat rich classic to something you can eat as a main dish. I would add a little extra pickle juice or vinegar for that tang that goes so well with fish or,  sliced radishes achieves the same tangy effect.

Macaroni salad is nutritional kissing cousin to potato salad, and canned salmon works well in it too.

A Very Easy Pasta Salad is;

  • Bow tie noodles, cooked,
  • Some chopped onion–whatever is available from yellow onions to green onions
  • Peas, fresh cooked or thawed frozen
  • Mayonnaise, to taste
  • Salt & Pepper and perhaps some grated lemon rind

Greek salad is another recipe that pares nicely with canned salmon. I use a lemon vinaigrette rather than red wine, but either works well.

Wild Salmon Salad with BlueberriesA green salad is a natural with canned salmon. Use your summer veggies and favorite dressing along with canned salmon and voila, here is a delicious and nutritious summer meal. I think blueberries work well with canned salmon. Blueberries and wild Alaska salmon really like each other. Blueberries grow along the salmon streams and bears eat both with great relish.

Green salad with salmon is so healthy, you need to have a double dip ice cream cone afterwards to balance all that virtue.

Canned Wild Alaska Salmon + Avocados; A Marriage Made in Food Heaven.

Canned wild Alaska salmon makes a great partner in many recipes, adding rich flavor and tremendous nutritional value. And, as it is so easy to use, it readily lends itself to spontaneous kitchen innovation. That is where most of our recipes come from; where we think, while making our regular recipes, “Canned salmon would work well in this.” One such fine food pairing is canned wild Alaska salmon and avocados.

Salmon and Avocados

Both are so-called ‘nutritional powerhouses’ featuring a rich constellation of vitamins and minerals, along with nature’s best fats—long chain omega 3 fatty acids in the wild salmon and the monounsaturated fats of the avocado. Four ounces of canned salmon provides 26 grams of protein, more than half of woman’s recommended daily intake. Squeeze on some lemon juice, and you’ve added vitamin C.

Your skin, your heart, your mood, your everything will rejoice at this extra easy meal for lunch or a light dinner. *You can also try mix in some blueberries and almonds or capers and onions, along with your favorite vinaigrette—the possibilities are really limitless!

You can find our new recipe below:

Salmon Salad inside an Avocado Wild Alaska Salmon + Summer+ Avocados = Food Perfection

What Fishermen Do In the Winter

People often ask what fishermen do during months when they are not actively fishing, and my response is, “Lots!”

December and the first weeks of January are, indeed, pretty free of obligation, fishing wise. The boat has been winterized, we’ve had our celebrations, taxes aren’t due for a spell and the winter roll of meetings has yet to begin.

There is plenty of work to be done on the nets,

Working on the Net in the Offseason
Working on the Net in the Offseason
Big Wrenches in Tight Spaces
Big Wrenches in Tight Spaces

but primarily there is constant work to be done maintaining a steel boat that spends its life in salt water. Jim has referred to the boat as a ‘machine shop on the salt water,’ with great strain put on the engine and hydraulic systems during the fishing season and then left to fend off the vicissitudes of salt water upon steel all winter long. There are three engines powering the Marshal Tito operation; the main engine, a 871 ‘Jimmy’ diesel, an auxiliary diesel engine, used to power the refrigeration system and a Jimmy 671 diesel in the skiff. The skiff is used to control the end of the 1/3 mile long net, and requires a lot of power for that purpose.

Jim thought it was smooth sailing until three weeks ago, just a month before he intended to leave for Alaska, when it was discovered that the main engine had to be rebuilt. Such jobs, usually relegated to the winter months when there is plenty of time, are huge and very expensive, costing over $50,000. Global competition for steel has made anything made of steel very expensive. It is striking how quickly and dramatically these global market forces have come into play.

In addition to rebuilding the main engine, the gear, a 509 Twin disc transmission, was pulled out of the engine room for rebuilding. This earnest machine has worked hard and unerringly for over 30 years, and has, in my opinion, almost a personality (think Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel). Here is a picture of this hardworking servant after 30 long years translating the power of the main engine to the propeller that moves the boat.

Before the $13,000 Spa Treatment
Before the $13,000 Spa Treatment
The After
The After

It almost deserves and bouquet of flowers and a gold watch, instead what it got was a $13,000 spa treatment at Mill-Log, an Oregon based business dedicated to the repair of Twin Disc transmissions. If only we could all experience this degree of transformation after a $13,000 visit to machine shop!

The Marshal Tito, helpless, has been tied to the dock during this time that the engine has been at the shop. When the engine is installed, it is time for the boat yard in Port Townsend where the hull will be inspected and painted. Port Townsend is worthy of whole story all its own. Stay tuned.

Wild Salmon Fights Diabetes

With Diabetes now affecting Americans at epidemic levels (and growing every year), researchers are scrambling to find solutions to this problem. Everyone wants to know why this is happening and what we can do about it. Some of the answers are obvious, like eating a balanced diet and getting more exercise. Â But what does it mean, exactly, to eat a balanced diet? Well, recent studies show that eating wild salmon regularly can not only help prevent Type 2 diabetes, but may also slow the effects of diabetes in those that are already suffering from the disease.

Sockeye Salmon, Look at That Unmistakable Color
Sockeye Salmon, Look at That Unmistakable Color

In short, Wild Salmon has the power to:

  • Reduce inflammation – Omega-3s from fish reduce the inflammation in blood vessels characteristic of heart disease and diabetes
  • Lower Triglycerides – Omega-3s lower blood triglycerides (fats) and boost the amount of HDL or “good” cholesterol. These changes are especially favorable in people with heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Help prevent obesity – Diets rich in seafood omega-3s may reduce fat tissue
  • Manage blood glucose levels – fish is a lean, high-protein food that doesn’t raise blood glucose levels

And those are only the ways wild salmon can fight diabetes. The Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are connected with a whole slew of other health benefits, including heart, brain, and eye health, as well as maternal and infant health.

* I think it is important to note here that only WILD salmon contains these beneficial properties. Farmed salmon contains unhealthy levels of Omega 6 fatty acids, which actually increase inflammation, and dangerous levels of Persistent Organic Pollutants like PCBs, which are linked with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes. For more information on the connection between farmed salmon and Type 2 Diabetes, check out this study.

The following is an excerpt from a paper titled “Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids from Fish in Type 2 Diabetes,” by Joyce A. Nettleton, DSc, RD

“Omega-3 fatty acids, found mainly in fat-rich fish such as salmon, rainbow trout, mackerel, and sardines confer health benefits not found in other foods. Omega-3s from fish are highly polyunsaturated fatty acids that lower triglycerides, reduce abnormal heart rhythms, reduce blood pressure by small but significant amounts, and improve blood clotting regulation. In a large study of more than 11,000 people with heart disease, the daily consumption of about one gram of fish oil reduced cardiovascular mortality by 30% and sudden cardiac death by 45%. A gram of fish oil is equivalent to a 3 ounce serving of salmon. Omega-3s may also boost the effectiveness of statins, drugs widely prescribed to lower blood LDL cholesterol levels.Studying populations such as the Alaskan and Greenland Inuit, who frequently eat fatty fish or marine animals rich in omega-3s, has taught us a great deal. Traditionally, these native people have had very little cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Japanese, who also consume large amounts of fish, have much lower rates of heart disease and diabetes than Americans. As these populations adopt western eating habits and exercise less, their prevalence of obesity and diabetes soars. Could the onset of diabetes be changed if native people at risk for the disease resumed eating more omega-3 rich foods? Dr. Sven Ebbesson of the University of Virginia sought the answer in a study of 44 Alaskan Inuit who had early signs of diabetes €“ impaired glucose tolerance and excess weight. Inuit were asked to eat fewer foods high in saturated fats and more traditional foods, especially fish and marine animals. After 4 years, not a single person had advanced to type 2 diabetes, in spite of not losing weight. This promising study needs to be confirmed in a larger number of subjects. Omega-3 fatty acids may be particularly beneficial for overweight people with hypertension who are on weight loss diets. Dr. Trevor Mori and colleagues at the University of Western Australia recently showed that people on a weight loss diet that included fat-rich fish daily had improved glucose and insulin metabolism. People on the same diet without fish had no such improvements. Both groups lost the same amount of weight, but blood pressure reduction was greater among the fish eaters than the non-fish eaters. Even in people not losing weight, the inclusion of fish every day reduced blood pressure. Thus, people with diabetes who eat rich fish on a regular basis can boost the benefits of weight loss in improving glucose control and blood pressure. Finally, it has been known for years that omega-3s from fish reduce the likelihood of developing blood clots that lead to heart attacks and stroke. They also improve blood circulation. These benefits have been demonstrated in controlled clinical trials and occur without unfavorable changes in glucose or insulin activity. The American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association advocate eating fatty fish as a safe and effective way to obtain the heart health
benefits of omega-3s. Eating fatty fish regularly is an important strategy to improve health in diabetes.”

salmon and rice salad
salmon and rice salad

The evidence in support of wild salmon is pretty overwhelming. As part of a healthy lifestyle, salmon is an essential weapon in the battle against Type 2 Diabetes!

For more reading about the connections between wild salmon and diabetes, explore the links below…

How to Eat Canned Salmon

“How do you eat canned salmon?” is a common query from folks we meet at our food demonstrations.

Serving salmon sample at Whole Foods Market
Serving salmon sample at Whole Foods Market

Canned Alaska salmon, especially in its traditional form, can be somewhat of a mystery food to the uninitiated. Complete with skin and bone, ‘traditional pack’ canned salmon I like to think of as the food symbol of the great, raw, wild, supremely healthy country that it came from Alaska.

People who have eaten canned salmon since childhood are comfortable with the presence of the highly nutritious skin and bone, sometimes claiming to having fought with their siblings over who got those delicious crunchy little vertebrae.

Two cans of salmon, Redhead and Thinkpink 'traditional' pack, as is, completely unadorned
Two cans of salmon, Redhead and Thinkpink ‘traditional’ pack, as is, completely unadorned

Other of us, often, ironically, from the salmon rich west coast, are puzzled, if not repelled by the presence of those highly nutritious anatomical parts that we mostly do not see in today’s highly processed foods. I look at a deboned chicken breast or pork and there is little there to remind us of the living, breathing creature that once is now that hunk of defenseless flesh.

Not so with canned Alaska salmon that skin and bone is a badge of the life that was lived by that beautiful creature that felt the drive to leave its natal stream, traveling the Pacific Ocean for thousands of miles, and then return to its exact place of birth.

Redhead wild Alaska sockeye salmon, straight from the waters of the great Bristol Bay, on a bagel
Redhead wild Alaska sockeye salmon, straight from the waters of the great Bristol Bay, on a bagel

I have said this many times, and it is true, when mixed into recipes those skin and bone seemingly dissolve into the recipe. We have served various canned salmon recipes to thousands of people, and not once has the person detected the skin and bone, though we quickly tell them. Traditional pack salmon has nearly double the long chain omega 3 fatty acids as skinless and boneless canned salmon fillets (which are delicious, too) and also provides calcium due to the presence of the bone.

How to Eat Canned Salmon;

  • Straight Out of the Can! Just open the can, maybe squeeze on some lemon, and fork on! There is simply not an easier, better protein source than canned Alaska salmon.
  • Finely chop celery, add salmon, whether Redhead (sockeye) or Thinkpink (pink) salmon, squeeze on lemon and put on a dollop of cocktail sauce.
  • Drain a little of the naturally occurring juices (the oily liquid in the can comes solely from the fish itself, there is nothing added but a little salt), then add a little olive oil plus some chopped onion. That really evens the flavor out in a very delicious way
  • Forrest Gump Says, “Salmon Cakes, Salmon Salad, Salmon On A Bagel, Salmon Chowder, Salmon Pasta, Salmon Wraps, Salmon Cocktail…”

Eat canned salmon at lunch, or better yet breakfast, like the Japanese or Scandinavians, and see if the hunger pains don’t stay away for hours. There something unique about protein from coldwater fatty fish that satiates like none other.

Delish, low calorie and energy sustaining!

Make a Better Day-Eat Canned Wild Alaska Salmon at Lunch

Shirley enjoying salmon on lemony coleslaw on her front porch.
Shirley enjoying salmon on lemony coleslaw on her front porch.

I do solemnly swear, canned wild Alaska salmon is the best lunch food in the world. Not only is it delicious, eating wild salmon at lunch seems to make for a better day all around. Whether it is the quality of the protein, or the abundant long chain omega3 fatty acids or the high vitamin D, I feel better when I have eaten wild salmon at lunch. Eating canned salmon makes that goal readily achievable. Just open the can! There couldn’t be a better, easier lunch.

A health care practitioner I once knew likened eating wild salmon to burning natural gas versus the ‘diesel’ of cheese or other proteins. He reasoned that eating fish metabolizes ‘hot and clean,’ like natural gas. This analogy fits my experience.

A very vibrant red sockeye salmon on a bagel
A very vibrant red sockeye salmon on a bagel

We at Pure Alaska Salmon Company love the many canned salmon recipes, but the day-in-day-out recipe that we most use is Salmon on a Bagel. This is optimal, delicious nutrition you can enjoy at the office with minimal preparation. The following is my recipe for three days of lunches.

I generally consume a half of a bagel at lunch. I could probably eat more, but a whole bagel is too much. If I am hungry, I lay on extra salmon, or maybe eat a few nuts.

Monday morning, bring in;

1. Two sliced bagels. If you you are concerned about them getting stale, freeze them, sliced, as they toast up just fine. Estimated average cost; $1.00

2. 1 can 7.5 oz (or 6 oz, if you prefer the fillets) can of Redhead sockeye salmon or Thinkpink pink salmon. Put the contents into a separate plastic container to refrigerate. Estimated average cost; $4.75.

3. A container of cream cheese or it’s less fatty cousin Neufchatel cheese. Neufchatel has about 1/3 less calories than cream cheese–70 calories versus 100 calories in a 1 oz serving, and the flavor is indistinguishable. Estimated Average cost $2.00

4. Three slices of lemon; Estimated average cost 25 cents

5. Optional; Some chopped onion and some capers. Estimated average cost 25 cents

All you need now is a can opener, a fork and a napkin to wipe your chin. If your office kitchen has a toaster, toast a half a bagel, and then spread on some cream cheese to taste. A scant two tablespoons should more than work. Open the can of salmon, and dump the contents into the storage container. Pick out about a third of the salmon and put on top of the cream cheese, squeeze on some lemon and maybe some onion and capers and dive in.

By my rough calculations this lunch has about 400 calories, at a cost of $ 3.00 per serving with about half the daily recommended requirement of protein for adults.

Try the Canned Salmon for Lunch Experiment and then ‘like’ on Facebook and leave a message about your experience on our blog. When we have 50 comments from 50 people, we will draw straws for a free variety pack of Pure Alaska wild Alaska salmon.