A flaky yet firm fish, full of delectable ocean flavor, renowned around the world and found right here at home in Canada… it’s gotta be salmon! One of the most popular food fishes in the world, salmon is beneficial for human health as it contains a high quantity of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Prepared in numerous ways from cedar-smoked to rolled with king crab and cream cheese, or grilled plain with lemon juice, salt and pepper, this flavorful fish is welcome at dinner tables across the world.
Salmon are fish in the Salmonidaefamily, which are typically born in fresh water and migrate to salt water as they mature. They have the uncanny ability to return to the exact lake in which they were born, generation after generation, a homing sense primarily powered by smell memory! When they return from off the coast of BC to their inland spawning lakes, the salmon runs are so massive that some say you can walk across the river on a bridge made of salmon! These also present a prize opportunity for bears, wolves and other predators to catch as much salmon as they can- salmon fishermen have also enjoyed the plentiful bounty they catch from these yearly salmon runs.
Increasingly, however, the importance of keeping a large salmon population in the rivers is fueling the increase of aquacultured, or farmed salmon, in Canadian markets. While our BC salmon products come entirely from wild stocks, our Atlantic salmon selections are farmed. The intricacy of salmon farming is not lost on Gourmet Secrets, and we ensure to source our product from the highest-quality aquacultures following the highest safety and feed standards. As with all our seafood and fish products, our salmon selections adhere to the Safe Quality Food Level 2 guidelines which are some of the strictest in the country.
This marvelous fish is available in a myriad of prepared and raw fashions for you at Gourmet Secrets’ online store. Make salmon a part of your diet today with Gourmet Secrets’ help!
Here’s a quick and tasty salad for the summer! I made this little “salsa” as a topping for grilled chicken one night and pan seared salmon another. Top over a bed of rice or quinoa. It’s so good and such a great summer dish!
Mango Edamame Summer “Salsa”
– Cherry Tomatoes: sliced in half
– 1 Mango: chopped
– 1/2 Cup Edamamde
– 1/2 Cup Cilantro: chopped
– 1/4 Cup Red Onion: finely chopped
– 1/2 Cup Asparagus: chopped
– Apple Cider Vinegar
– Olive Oil
– Lime or Lemon
1. Mix all of the fruit and veggies together in a bowl. Toss with equal parts vinegar and olive oil until coated. Add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice. Add a dash of salt.
Seafood comes from the ocean. And some kinds of seafood are only found in certain parts of the ocean. So far, this is pretty obvious: you won’t find Jumbo Black Tiger Prawns, Chilean Seabass and Digby Giant Scallops in the same place, right? But how do Canadians ensure that all of their seafood adheres to the same high standards of quality, if it is coming from so many different places in the world? The answer is SQF: Safe Quality Food, a global food safety standard that ensures all of your fish and seafood from Gourmet Secrets is of the highest quality!
Specifically, all Gourmet Secrets fish and seafood products are SQF Level 2 certified. What does that mean for you?
First, it is the most stringent standard for food safety in Canada. To be SQF Level 2 certified, all seafood and fish that are processed by our federal plant must fall within acceptable quality standards set out not only by the SQF scheme itself, but also the HACCP approach to dealing with risks and hazards. In our case, every item that contains seafood in some shape or form must have all its ingredients undergo the food safety protocol. Every incoming shipment of product to our federal plant is tested against the SQF Level 2 standards for criteria such as color, humidity, heavy metals and undesirable preservative and contaminant contents: if even one item in the shipment does not fall within these standards, it is sent back in its entirety. That’s how strict it is- and how important your health and the quality of your food is to us.
Second, it is globally recognized. The SQF Level 2 certification is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative, an international non-profit organization of food safety experts and industry leaders that sets the standard for the best food safety practices in world food industry. Our seafood’s quality is backed up by the hundreds and thousands of people who have collaborated with one another to ensure that the SQF Level 2 standard is one of the very best worldwide.