Sitka Salmon Shares Subscription Seafood Collective
I had the opportunity - the honor, really - to try one of Sitka Salmon Shares' Seafood Share Boxes. It was a 4-pound dream team of wild Alaskan Coho salmon and wild Alaskan halibut caught and filleted by a small collective of Alaska fishermen and women, and then blast frozen for freshness before leaving the state. Sitka Salmon Shares has put together these monthly seafood subscription boxes as a means of highlighting Alaska's bounty, giving those of us in the rest of the country access to its responsibly managed, low-impact fisheries, and providing small-scale fishing professionals with regular work that pays them 10% to 30% more for their harvest.
And if that weren't admirable enough, Sitka Salmon Shares ships its frozen-fresh-from-the-ocean seafood in a recyclable cardboard box containing dry ice, and "packing foam" you can either throw in your compost, or disintegrate out of existence by spraying it with your garden hose.
Oh, and one more thing: Sitka Salmon Shares seafood is hella good. Awesomesauce. Bitchin'. All that and a bag of chips. Da bomb dot com. In other words, so good I was at a loss for all words except 90s slang terms of endearment.
The fillets I received were divided into 4 pouches, plus or minus a pound each; essentially 2 x 2-person servings of the salmon, and 2 more of the halibut. The cuts themselves were beautiful, stacked with flesh, and chosen so that when dividing them for serving, one person doesn't end up with "the good piece" and the other "the bad piece." My wife and I, who fight over food regularly, were very pleased.
Sitka Salmon Shares will be one of the few product reviews I do that I subsequently buy on my own. Having recently moved from a place I had a lot of access to Alaskan seafood to a place I don't, I can vouch for the quality, freshness, and flavor contained in these boxes. In a lot of ways it's even better than the fresh Alaskan salmon, halibut, and black cod I used to get because, as Sitka Salmon Shares points out, even "fresh" fish in a grocery store typically means "freshly thawed" and around 2 weeks old.
If you're interested in learning more about Sitka Salmon Shares' subscription boxes, sustainability, and fishermen / women, head over to their website to sign up for monthly deliveries, and read a ton more about their fishing, packing, and shipping practices. There are various sizes and types of seafood share boxes to choose from, and all deliveries are free.