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!
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.
We knew we wanted to balance the crisp, alder smoke flavor of our smoked geoduck with mildly sweet aromatics in this recipe. One thing led to another, and suddenly we were inspired by the classic Sicilian pasta with fresh sardines and fennel. This linguine dish has a nice perfume from not only the fennel, but also raisins, pine nuts and white wine. Truth be told, it almost has a candy-like quality, and would sit nicely in a multi-course meal including more savory and acidic dishes.
We don't blame anyone for not knowing what to do with a live geoduck. Its randy appearance can have quite a befuddling effect on the unprepared. One look at this giant clam with a suggestive siphon and a heart of gold can send even the most experienced cooks into paroxysms of oh-lord-what-do-I-do-now. We understand. That’s why we’ve taken the shock and awe out of preparing Nature’s dirty joke. Wildfish Smoked Geoduck pops out of the can in bite-sized pieces the whole family can enjoy without embarrassment, and it makes an excellent linguine in white wine and butter. Give it a try.
Get your giggles out now, because the people in this story are pretty serious about geoducks. This peculiar mollusk, whose undulating breast meat and brontosaurus neck are too enormous for its shell to contain, has an appearance that could make even Stormy Daniels blush.
Geoducks aren't exactly the most familiar of sea creatures, so we get a lot of questions. After, "What the heck is it?" (It's a giant, funny looking clam) The most common is, "Ok...so what do I do with it?"