What happens when a craft canner, a sea forager, and a storyteller all fall in love with the same curious Alaskan sea creature, the Gooseneck Barnacle? You get a collective idea that other people might love it, too. In the summer of ‘22, the Alaska Gooseneck Barnacle made it into the first Alaska tins. If you love a good tinned origin story, then this one's for you.
Recently, we partnered with our friends at Delaware Supply in Albany, New York and 3 Fonteinen to bring a beer and tinned pairing to a lucky few. We've received a lot of inquiries about the menu. Turns out many of you would like to create this menu at home. So here's a menu and inspiration for an at-home tasting of some of the finest tins and some of our favorite brews. As always, feel free to customize or experiment with other beverages! We're here to provide the inspiration, but hey you do you!
The bottom line is, kids and adults in America just don't eat enough fish. Tins of Wildfish can help solve that dilemma! Ready-to-eat in a snap, our tasty tins of Wildfish seafood feature perfect 6-ounce portions of tasty, wild, and natural seafood. We suggest this read if you're curious why you should ever share your cans with your kids!
We’re on a mission here at Wildfish Cannery to help you create the perfect bite. And not just make it, but truly understand what goes into composing that perfect morsel. Of course, this is a Sisyphean task, but we feel we’ve got a pretty solid hold on the secret (hint: it’s not what you think). So while these lessons are crucial to everything you eat, we’ll be discussing these topics in relation to how you use our cans to compose a charcuterie spread or a dish.
We believe, as our founder did, that the wild seafood we are smoking and preserving is one of nature’s most perfect products. So as we round the corner towards the summer pre-season, let’s revisit the 4 species of Pacific salmon you’ll find in Wildfish’s pantry—and should consider adding to your own!
I somehow ended up liking our own smoked salmon caviar on ridged potato chips with a tart, full-fat, unsalted Russian tvorog farmer’s cheese, plus an undisclosable amount of frozen vodka. Tvorog is an extremely versatile fresh cheese. You can certainly buy it if you can find it near you, but it won’t be nearly as good as homemade.
Looking for something new for your next picnic or hike? Or have some sheets of seaweed in the pantry that you’re looking to use? Smoked Salmon Gimbap is perfect for you! This is a popular Korean takeout food that travels well so it’s perfect for your next outing!
Stop what you’re doing and make this. ASAP. Kimchi grilled cheese is already a masterpiece, but we upgraded it with some smoked salmon! This sandwich has crunch, acidity, probiotics, spice, salt, and gooey cheese. What else could you want? Another one.
This New England chowder with our smoked geoduck will fast become a favorite in your recipe rotation. Geoduck chowder isn’t unheard of in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, but it’s definitely a rarity. Thanks to local clam diver Curtis Brown and the smokehouse team here at Wildfish (the only producer of smoked geoduck in the world!) you no longer have to settle for basic New England chowder at home. The crisp, cleanwoodsmoke of the geoduck and can broth will transport you to a misty, Northwestern mental safespace.
This is an awesome recipe to use when you have leftovers from the night before because you can put anything on it! We love using some pickled veggies, some roasted peanuts, any leftover protein you have, but the canvas is yours!
This is a primo example of Japanese comfort food and it will take you less than five minutes to make. Be warned, it includes raw egg yolks, so if you’re unsettled by those, this isn’t for you. This dish was adapted from a recipe by our friends at Serious Eats.
This dish meets at the confluence of simple, hearty, quick, and wholesome. With this recipe, we used our Smoked Coho in Birch Syrup, but you can absolutely use any of our tins! This is a great recipe to use up leftover rice from your meal the night before as well.
If you’re bored with bottled caesar dressing that’s barely a step above mayonnaise, try out our Smoked Herring Caesar Salad recipe! This dressing is absolutely loaded with umami, acidity, richness, and salt, thanks to our Smoked Herring, lemon juice, raw egg yolk, and parmesan cheese.
These octopus balls hail from the Japanese city of Osaka where they are the iconic street food. Normally made with boiled octopus chunks, we swapped in our Smoked Octopus and absolutely loved the results.
The Rockfish Escabeche collaboration brings unique flavors to the tin, pairing the thick flaked rockfish with an addictively aromatic and tangy sauce. A spice mix of cumin, coriander, fennel seed, and paprika is balanced by the additions of sherry vinegar and numbing szechuan peppercorn for a touch of spice.
When you have a Chef at the helm of craft cannery operations, the exploration never stops. Our Vintage Cellar Series is our platform for diving into the more culinary side of canning. It’s a way for us to express our creativity, explore new flavors of Alaska's terroir, and harness the strong relationships we have with Chefs and other small craft Alaska makers. It’s your opportunity to taste the flavors from our test kitchen and experience unconstrained invention. Learn about the inspiration for our latest collection here.
Today, two of Southeast Alaska’s most beloved craft-makers, Wildfish Cannery and Barnacle Foods, announced the launch of Wildfish Cannery Octopus in Bullwhip Kelp Hot Sauce. The first small batch of this limited release product goes on sale today.
Love our Smoked Geoduck? When you're finished reading through our latest blog post here, you might find yourself eager to hear the story behind all of the fish you eat. And to that we would say, "it's possible!" With so many options to buy direct from your local fisherman, we invite you to learn.
But meanwhile, enjoy this journey—from catch to can!
Dirty rice recipes are as numerous as the cooks who prepare them. We say that about a lot of classic dishes, and it’s true. Ingredients and methods are always up to the cook to adapt as needed or desired. Cook wildly and passionately! Make substitutions, and create new worlds of flavor! Go ahead and do it!
Without the relationships we have with our fisherman, Wildfish Cannery is nothing but an idea. These relationships, some old and some newer, are based on trust and mutual respect for the bounty of the deep, cold Alaskan waters that provide us with our livelihoods.
In this post, we're shining a little light on one of these fisherman—our friend and cephalopod cognoscenti Dustan Dickerson, captain of the F/V Raven Bay out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
This recipe originated from our Master Smoker, Gabe Stoltz. When Gabe’s not at Wildfish, he’s exploring the Pacific Northwest’s best underground skate spots, which we promised him we wouldn’t reveal here. Not only is skateboarding not a crime, it’s not easy either. In fact it's the type of sport where concrete meets flesh, a lot. So like all extreme sports, solid recovery food is critical. Enter Gabe’s Classic Coho melt. This melt is packed with protein and is so easy to prepare. Enjoy!
This recipe for Fisherman's Stew will net many smiles. Fisherman's Stew (also called cioppino) is a rustic seafood stew with origins in the Liguria region of Italy, and variations of cioppino are sometimes called brodetto or brudet in historically Italian regions of coastal Croatia. It is a traditional fisherman’s stew made from the catch of the day, generally with smaller species of net fish that don’t command as much money at market. Through the magic of canning, it does not rely on having an Italian fisherman in the family. It’s best to prepare this easy, lusty fish stew in a large, wide saucepan.
As you’ve probably guessed, we loved charcuterie boards before they were cool. We've been onboard the board train since they were called ‘ploughman's lunch’. But, even when there’s no board involved, nibbling as a prolonged meal is a very Alaskan way to eat. Because charcuterie boards have again opened the world’s eyes to the art of nibbling, we feel like we have to get our $0.02 in on the subject. We want in on this board game.
Conservas de Cambados Angulas (Baby Eels)are probably the most storied, exotic, and rare product in our lineup of European-tinned offerings. The experience of these angulas is unlike anything, as much a textural journey as one of flavor. A forkful of baby eels is almost like a bite of tiny, meaty noodles with just a touch of serpentine exuberance.
This white albacore tuna is line-caught during the summer when it returns to the Cantabrian Sea in the north of Spain. With respect to the ecosystem and the species, they are only allowed to be caught individually with rod and reel. The fatty belly meat is so tender and delicate, you’ll worry a little about sticking a fork into the can.
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