A lot of people are always curious what the market rate for salmon is and how much it can cost to get started. Everyone knows salmon, and other kinds of fish could get expensive when buying by the pound so where to get it and how to get it?
Of course you can always go to your local grocer, supermarket, or fish counter, but that’s one way to get ripped off. When it comes to salmon, there is pretty much only one place we recommend going to Costco. The reason for this is, when smoking and processing fish you need to be extremely careful. There are a lot of ways your product can get contaminated, and depending on weather you are hot smoking or cold smoking the fish the product will be in the temperature danger zone for quite some time.
That being said, how do you limit that time? Of course you go to the most highly regulated supermarket in the United States. Costco! You can almost guarantee that the source of the fish is from an FDA approved source, applies with all HACCP plans, and standard health and safety codes.
With fish it is super important to have that in mind. Now, when smoking a fish like salmon, you can rest assured that you’ll be buying a premium, high quality fillet at a very competitive price. And, if you don’t like the fish, you can always return it! Can’t beat a policy like that!
With fish, you can’t go wrong by purchasing Norwegian Salmon. Fish from Norway is typically more red, more fatty, and easier to work with. There is also less bacteria in it, and is farmed sustainably which is amazing for the environment. Also, Norway isn’t suffering from an Algae bloom like its Chilean counterparts from the southern part of the world.
In 2016, the best place for salmon is in Norway, although you can also purchase salmon from different parts of the world such as Scotland, Canada, Chile, Faroe Islands, Alaska and more. But, keep in mind that when dealing with fish from certain parts of the world you should be aware of their farming techniques, how they feed the fish, and their catching methods.
For example, there is no such thing as farmed Alaskan salmon, as it is considered to be illegal by the state of Alaska. But, wild Alaskan salmon from before its spawn cycle is definitely one of the tastiest kinds of fish available. If you’re just getting into the smoking game and want to do it right, you need to work with the right tools, and for that, you need a premium side of a trim E (type of grade) fish from Norway and you just won’t go wrong.