Wild Alaska Canned Salmon + Olive Oil + Onion


Jim likes to hike, in addition to coming up with new great ways with canned salmon.

It couldn’t be easier, and these ‘nutritional good guys’ seem to get along very well in this wonderful trio of some of nature’s finest and most nutritious foods.

Jim is always thinking of new ways to eat Redhead or Thinkpink, as this is what he eats at lunch 90% of the time—canned salmon and a little cream cheese on a bagel.  This is Jim’s latest, and may be greatest recipe. Drain a can of Think Pink or Redhead, put contents of the can, including highly nutritious skin & bone, into small bowl.  Add a teaspoon or two of olive oil, some chopped onion & lightly mix.  Use this on bagels, salads, or just as is.  Squeeze on a little lemon juice, or even a little vinegar if you like.   If you use Redhead, drain some of the liquid and supplement with a little olive oil in addition to the onion.   The olive oil lightens the flavor and seems to increase the shelf life of the flavor.   You can also mix the Redhead and the Thinkpink.  Feel free to add capers, celery, garlic.


Why I Named Our Boat the ‘Marshal Tito’

Marshal Tito was quite a guy.  He successfully fought Hitler in World War II and managed to keep Yugoslavia the most free of the Communist satellite countries during the Cold War.  Slav people were considered sub-human in the Nazi system of belief, and they were in line for extermination as well. It is hard to even write these awful thoughts.  When Tito died in the early 80’s, ethnic war descended upon the peoples of what is now the former Yugoslavia.  This is one famous quote credited to Tito in a note written to Stalin, a man perhaps as maniacal as Hitler.

A note from Tito to Stalin…. 

“Stop sending people to kill me. We’ve already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle (…) If you don’t stop sending killers, I’ll send one to Moscow, and I won’t have to send a second.”

—Josip Broz Tito

Faced with the prospect of a poor salmon season in 1981, I crewed with some friends of mine for the Togiak (western Bristol Bay) herring fishery. The boat, the Ms B Haven and my friends were primarily Bristol Bay salmon fishermen. They told me that during the  salmon season the numerous Italian and equally numerous Croatian fishermen were always disparaging each others ethnicity on the radio. Finally, an indignant Italian came back with “Name me one famous Croatian, I can name famous Italians all day: there’s Sinatra…” After a long silence someone returned “Marshal Tito.” I had no choice but to name a boat after him. I’m glad I’m not Italian, I’d hate to have to fish a boat called the Sinatra-Jim Zuanich

23 Days of Canned Alaska Salmon-No Mercury

A smiling Jim Zuanich after eating canned salmon 23 days in a row.

Jim Zuanich ate at least 3.5 ounces of Redhead or Thinkpink a day for 23 days at which time he had his blood mercury levels tested. There was no detectable mercury in his bloodstream.  Zuanich also said he loved canned salmon more after he was finished with his experiment, reporting that salmon at lunch made for more energy and a happier outlook than with other foods.  “Nothing compares for lunch,” said Zuanich, skipper of the M/V Marshal Tito.


Blogging for Canned Wild Alaska Salmon


Winifred Raber, Colorado Woman of the West

Canned wild Alaska salmon, humble though it may seem, is one very phenomenal, incredibly nutritious food, with a rich history and a great story.  Canned wild Alaska salmon isn’t just some food scientist’s creation, it is a defining food of our nation’s history.  Salmon canneries were a part of the earliest industrialization of the western United States, providing nutrition for our western pioneers.  Salmon canneries were big business in the old days, with salmon canneries sprinkled up and down the Pacific Coast.


I remember my dear Aunt Winifred talking about loving and eating canned salmon in their remote cow camps in the high mesas of western Colorado.West
Even though they were cattle ranchers, with hundreds of cattle, the lack of good refrigeration made canned Alaska salmon an accessible source of protein, that was the basis of many memorable meals up at the summer cow camp of the Grand Mesa of western Colorado. (http://www.deltacountyindependent.com/index.php?id=16938:a-piece-of-history-&option=com_content&catid=36:sc&Itemid=346)

Fortunately, Alaska salmon are still in great abundance.  Alaska’s small population, lack of industrialization, it’s geographic isolation, and excellent, state of art,  biological management happily conspire to make Alaska salmon runs as healthy as they were  100’s years ago.

Additionally, the quality of canned Alaska salmon has improved immeasurably in the past 25 years because most boats now feature chilled circulating  seawater fish holds, thus the fish are kept in prime condition from the time they leave the pure Alaska waters, to when they arrive at the processing plant, hours later.  So for those who last ate canned salmon 30 years ago, you have got a great surprise in store-canned Alaska salmon is delicious and fresh tasting-promise.

I also take comfort, as an ambivalent meat eater, that Alaska salmon live out nearly their entire lives as nature intended. They are captured just before they begin their final journey up a stream.  By carefully monitoring the fishermen’s catch, relative to the fish escapement up the 1000’s of streams,  the  Alaska Department of Fish and Game  optimizes stream and fish health.  The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is considered to be perhaps the most skilled fish managers in the world.   The harmonious relationship between the commercial fishing industry and the fisheries biologists of Alaska is something to behold, and one wishes that we could all get along as well as the fishing industry of Alaska and the regulators.

20 Cans 20 Days: Sue Kwon’s Award-Winning Mercury Report – Health, Fitness, and Nutrition

Tuna, in our opinion is still a good food choice given the fact it is nutritious, inexpensive and global fish stocks, with some exceptions, are healthy–AND–eat tuna with some knowledge.  This lady deliberately went overboard on eating tuna, but the lesson is still a valuable one….

20 Cans 20 Days: Sue Kwon’s Award-Winning Mercury Report – Health, Fitness, and Nutrition.