Nicely, looky right here. It is Lent once more. I am not complaining, it is one in all my favourite occasions of yr, although I am not Catholic. It means it is barbeque season right here within the ‘burgh! As a result of, in response to custom, as an indication of repentance and sacrifice it’s essential eat a Frisbee-sized fried fish sandwich for dinner on Fridays as a result of it is “not meat.” I imply no disrespect, however I do not completely perceive that, however that is tremendous. It is custom!
As a private budding custom, often on days off I’ve from work throughout the week I will cease in at TJ’s or wherever, seize a kombucha, and perhaps some tasty dried meat like some prosciutto or one thing for lunch. Which is how I discovered myself this previous week on Ash Wednesday, one other designated no-meat day which I noticed out of deference to my spouse’s upbringing, however since fish is in some way nonetheless okay, I snagged a pack of Dealer Joe’s Scorching Smoked Salmon Fillet.
Search “salmon” on this weblog and you will see that it has a spotty historical past on right here. I imply, salmon jerky….I shudder nonetheless. I did not have excessive hopes and wasn’t actually fairly positive what I used to be considering when plopping down $8 for the ten oz chunk, however I did so in any case.
First, I am no smoking whiz, however I’ve finished a few of it in my day, and am fairly positive that salmon is greatest when chilly smoked (oblique, in seperate chamber from warmth supply) than sizzling (similar chamber). Check out the precise product pic that I took after having a number of bites. That good agency fleshy pink up prime? That is how salmon is meant to look. That mushy brownish-gray stuff in the direction of the underside? Nah. That is the half proper close to the pores and skin that was most uncovered to direct warmth, i.e. grossly overcooked. That stuff is edible however not nice.
Every part is okay at greatest. The entire fish piece is fairly glazed over by a reasonably fundamental brown sugar kinda rub. It is not significantly spicy or flavorful – the “sizzling” within the product title is not a sign of spice in case it is not apparent. The precise salmon taste is fairly first rate – recent, not too fishy, slightly salty however not dangerous.
Nonetheless, this TJ’s smoked salmon is kinda underwhelming at greatest. The considered returning it crossed my thoughts, however starvation received out. Plus I am not gonna ask for a reimbursement on one thing I consumed most of not all of – appears slightly disingenious to me. All informed, I’d have been happier going for a number of the pastrami-style salmon or one thing else utterly. Perhaps you will have a distinct take. Sandy sat this one out – salmon is not her factor, so all there may be right here is me. Double twos.
Backside line: Dealer Joe’s Scorching Smoked Salmon Fillet: 4 out of 10 Golden Spoons