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  TJ's Frozen Sockeye fillets $12/lb
  Posted by: tktoo on Aug-06-14 11:41 AM (EST)

Anyone know if they're any good?

I'm spoiled when we're at the coast, but out here in the boonies fresh fish isn't as easy to come by and when I do, oy, the prices!

So I keep seeing these things at Trader Joe's and wonder if they'd be worth slapping on the grill.

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  no but
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-06-14 11:44 AM (EST)
last night I watched a program on the '98 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, on youtube, and thought you might enjoy it. Freakish conditions.
  We went over to Newport
  Posted by: tktoo on Aug-06-14 12:01 PM (EST)
a couple of weeks ago to check out a couple of the new Volvo 65's that were getting ready for a trans Atlantic training run and watched the mock "race" start the next day. It's kind of scary for me as a novice day sailor to contemplate the risks involved.

Offshore distance racing is more of my elder daughter's thing and I'll admit that I'm kinda glad she didn't get on a crew this year.

  your daughter is a brave soul
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-06-14 1:34 PM (EST)
Has she seen this race or the '79 Fastnet race? After seeing those, I want to stick to the bathtub!
  She loves the wet & wild.
  Posted by: tktoo on Aug-06-14 2:07 PM (EST)
But only on boats.

That's what I keep telling myself, anyway...
  Posted by: Ayornamut on Aug-06-14 2:54 PM (EST)
College chicks!
  Posted by: radiomix on Aug-06-14 2:11 PM (EST)
Coyote Lost at Sea

For a crazy story about a crazy sailor.
  Mike Plant lived in Jamestown
  Posted by: tktoo on Aug-06-14 3:24 PM (EST)
where we spend a lot of our summer. It was a big deal there, as you might imagine.

My wife's cousin was a designer of that boat and in on the build, too. He has the half model of "Coyote" hanging over his fireplace. I doubt a day goes by that he isn't reminded of the loss.
  the book
  Posted by: radiomix on Aug-06-14 3:52 PM (EST)
Was like a slow moving fantastic tragedy. There are parts that seem unbelievable, but so much that they must be real. I have an uncle that's about as tragic, so the story hits home.

Good book though.
  thanks. And another:
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-06-14 3:57 PM (EST)
I've seen that book but never read it. It's on the list now.

"The Proving Grounds" is a great book about the '98 Sydney to Hobart race disaster. I believe they were talking 75 kt winds on the open sea between Sydney and Hobart. Some very big yachts went down in that action.

I was in Oz the month before and remember the building excitement in Sydney.
  If they are really Sockeye, and not
  Posted by: FishinYak on Aug-06-14 11:47 AM (EST)
Pink, then yes, they should be fine.

Sockeye are Deep Red. Of course, food coloring could make pinks look like Sockeye.

At that price, I suspect Farm Raised though.

  Color looks good, but no "wild"
  Posted by: tktoo on Aug-06-14 12:04 PM (EST)
on the label.

I'm headed over near there now. I'll let you know what I think later tonight.
  Forget About It
  Posted by: JoeLilydipper on Aug-06-14 12:49 PM (EST)

To keep it simple, if it's not wild Alaskan, don't buy it.

Trader Joe's aka Aldi's -
Might as well buy it at Wal-Mart

Aldi (help·info).(German pronunciation: [aldiː], short for Albrecht Diskont[3]), is a global discount supermarket chain based in Germany.

The chain is made of two separate groups, Aldi Nord (North, which operates as Aldi Markt), headquartered in Essen[4]—and ALDI Süd (South, which operates as ALDI Süd), headquartered in Mülheim an der Ruhr.[5] The two operate independently, each within specific areas.

The individual groups were originally owned and managed by brothers Karl Albrecht and Theo Albrecht. Karl Albrecht (d. 2014) retained ownership of Aldi Süd, and with a personal wealth of €17.2 billion, was the richest man in Germany, while the co-owners of ALDI Nord, Berthold and Theo Albrecht Jr., follow close behind at €16 billion. Dieter Schwarz, owner of Lidl and Kaufland came in third, with a fortune of €11.5 billion.

Both ALDI Nord and Aldi Süd also operate in the United States; Aldi Nord is owner of the Trader Joe's chain while Aldi Süd operates as Aldi.

  Would it make me a traitor, Joe?
  Posted by: tktoo on Aug-06-14 1:31 PM (EST)
"Product of Russia"

Which, as I've been told, one can see from Alaska. Isn't that close enough?
  Salmons Without Borders!
  Posted by: rWVen on Aug-06-14 1:35 PM (EST)
  Is it MSC Certified
  Posted by: FishinYak on Aug-06-14 1:38 PM (EST)
If so, then it is Wild Caught.

Russia has a very viable Sockeye Salmon Fishers, and is cheaper than Alaskan caught, due primarily to labor costs.

  Oops! Must've missed it.
  Posted by: tktoo on Aug-06-14 1:56 PM (EST)
Clearly says "wild" right at the top of the label.

Grilling it later. I'll let you know.
  i dont think anyone farms sockeye
  Posted by: radiomix on Aug-06-14 1:59 PM (EST)
It's all Atlantic salmon.
  Environmental, Not Political
  Posted by: JoeLilydipper on Aug-06-14 2:42 PM (EST)
That Tina Fey has such good eyes, doesn't she? But thanks for keeping stereotypes in the public discussion!
  Tender, for such aged fish, aren't we?
  Posted by: tktoo on Aug-06-14 3:26 PM (EST)
  So long as your OK with the whole
  Posted by: pirateoverforty on Aug-06-14 5:06 PM (EST)
Ukraine thing.
  Donetsk was my first USSR trip.
  Posted by: tktoo on Aug-06-14 5:32 PM (EST)
Spent a week there. Couldn't wait to leave.
  do the two operate independently
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-06-14 1:33 PM (EST)
or not?

Good question. I know we have an Aldis and TJ's nearby, but not sure whether they share the same distributor.
  Sounds a bit dicey
  Posted by: bignate on Aug-06-14 2:50 PM (EST)
Might want to lodge a "grill plan" with us so we know when to call S&R if we haven't heard back from you by then.
  Check 'em for
  Posted by: Ayornamut on Aug-06-14 2:53 PM (EST)
  Verdict: Just OK.
  Posted by: tktoo on Aug-08-14 8:31 AM (EST)
Not bad, but no mistaking it for fresh.
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-08-14 8:51 AM (EST)
I've bought fish at TJs but mainly for fish enchiladas.
  Looked, smelled, a felt good
  Posted by: tktoo on Aug-08-14 9:02 AM (EST)
out of the cryovac package.

Pretty good flavor once cooked, but texture was a bit off, as is always the case with fish frozen solid. I didn't try it uncooked.

I noticed the better grocery store had it for $2 more /lb. Probably a better bet.


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