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Wild-caught seafood is packed with nutrition and is a great part of a real food diet. I eat some sort of sea food several times a week. Typically, it’s either canned salmon or sardines, as those are the most affordable options. On occasion, I am lucky enough to enjoy wild salmon steaks, halibut, and cod. Those are my favorites!
Recently, I got the chance to sample some products from Vital Choice Wild Seafood and Organics and today, I want to share a little with you about the company and the products I tried.
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Vital Choice Wild Seafood Review
Vital Choice was founded by Randy Hartnell, who was himself a salmon fisherman. They are committed to offering a wide selection of sustainable harvested seafood. In today’s market, you can’t always trust that you are getting what you say you are. Much of the salmon being passed off as wild salmon today is actually farmed salmon. You’re better off skipping the salmon (and other seafood) altogether if you can only get farmed. You can learn more about Vital Choice and their mission here.
I was quite pleased with everything I had. They were very generous and sent me an awesome sampler box, which gave me a bunch of products to try. This is what I received:
- Salmon caviar
- Salmon sausage
- Salmon marinade ( a dry rub)
- Silver salmon
- Sockeye salmon
- King salmon
- Smoked sockeye salmon
- Smoked sablefish
- Albacore tuna
- Wild blueberries
- Chocolate bars
I had a lot of fun sampling all of the products except the chocolate bars. I can’t have chocolate, so I had to pass those along to my family members who were more than happy to taste test for me. They all gave two thumbs up — but seriously, how can you go wrong with chocolate? 🙂
The salmon was all top-notch. Rich in flavor a delicious when cooked. I love salmon and really have never met a piece of salmon that I didn’t love. I prefer to keep my salmon dishes pretty simple, so for the fillets that I received, I used their delicious salmon marinade. All you do is add 1 tbsp. of the rub to 1/4 cup of olive oil (or oil of your choice) and then let your salmon marinate in it for at least 30 minutes. It is delicious blend of sea salt, organic garlic, organic lemon peel, organic onion, organic fennel, organic black pepper, organic dill weed, organic red pepper, citric acid. It contains no MSG.
My other favorite way to make salmon is my Honey Sesame Seared Salmon. It is simply divine.
The salmon sausage? WOW! I had never tried a salmon sausage before and it was SO good. I wish I could eat it every day for breakfast. Their salmon sausage contains no nitrites, nitrates, MSG, soy, corn, wheat, eggs, dairy, or sugar. It was fast and easy to make for breakfast – just toss a patty into a skillet with a little coconut oil and cook until browned. I paired mine with lots of veggies and it was fantastic! Two big thumbs up on that!
I was also thrilled when I saw they included a container of the salmon caviar (Ikura). This is a RARE treat for me. Salmon caviar is highly prized around the world. It is a fantastic food source of Omega-3s and is packed with nutrition. It’s great for anyone and everyone, including infants. If you are familiar with the Weston A. Price Foundation, you know just how good this food is for you. One of the most common ways to eat salmon caviar is to add a small spoonful on top of a cracker that has cream cheese on it (you could use celery sticks in place of the cracker). You can also add it to your own homemade sushi (something I am going to be trying soon), top your scrambled eggs with it, or even add a spoonful or two into a salad or rice dish. A lot of kids will eat it plain as it’s a fun food with a unique texture and bright color.
The halibut was fantastic and another rare treat for me. Halibut can be a pricey fish, so it is typically reserved for special occasions. My favorite way to eat halibut is how my father prepares it. He makes a dressing of Dijon, mayonnaise, and artichokes and then tops it with Havarti cheese and bakes it in the oven. It is fantastic! Since I can’t have any dairy products right now, I decided to sear the halibut in a frying pan and then top it with this delicious lemon artichoke mayo that I created (recipe coming soon!). Truth be told, I would have loved the halibut plain — it has great texture and flavor and tastes wonderful with just a drizzle of butter and lemon juice.
The tuna steak is also another rare treat for me. I never buy tuna steaks and I think the last time I had tuna was at my sister’s house many years ago. Tuna is a hearty fish and makes great fish tacos. Season it with a little of my homemade blackening (Cajun) seasoning, sear it in a skillet, and then slice it to make tacos. I make lettuce tacos since I am grain free, but if you can tolerate corn or flour tortillas, it would be excellent in there. Top it with salsa, cheese, onions, avocados, or whatever else your heart desires!
To be completely honest, I am not a huge fan of smoked fish, so I have yet to try the smoked salmon and smoked sablefish. I have an aversion to overly smoky flavors and I have just not had the courage to open these up and try them — mainly because I don’t want to waste a good piece of fish and I have a feeling the smoky flavor will be too much for me. They are sitting in my freezer staring at me, so I need to just work up the courage to try them. I am most nervous about the sablefish. Anyone tried sablefish before?
Lastly, I was SO thrilled when I saw the bag of wild blueberries. I love blueberries. They are packed with so much nutrition and are my go-to when I need a fruity snack. I love to eat them with a splash of coconut milk and that makes the perfect dessert to soothe my sweet tooth. These berries are smaller and sweeter than your cultivated blueberries and the flavor is much more pronounced.
All in all, I was very pleased with everything I received. The quality was excellent and I am honored that they sent me such an awesome package to review! You can learn more about Vital Choice and their products on their website.
Have you ever tried Vital Choice’s products? What is your favorite? What are you most interested in trying? Leave a comment below?