Well, this past weekend we had only shot at this, on Sunday morning. I got roped into some early morning weekend OT at the day job, which preceded another busy day of errands (Huzzah Costco!) and kid-wranglin'. As mentioned on our new podcast, Let's Talk TJ's, Sunday morning is the best time to go shopping at TJ's, so we headed out early, pre-breakfast, with bacon on our mind. Then we saw this, Trader Joe's Pastrami Style Smoked Atlantic Salmon, and were intrigued enough to give it try.
this or this). Plus...Sandy doesn't usually like salmon. Pink meat kinda creeps her out. It's only because this blatantly said "Pastrami Style" that she was willing to try it - she loves my dad's smoked pastrami (yes, I know, another pink meat) so semi-begrudgingly we got this, with a pack of bagels to make some sandwiches for a brunch with blueberries and coffee.
Glad we rolled the dice. We both are very happy with the purchase. In the packages there's about eight or nine slabs of fresh fleshy fish a few inches long by maybe a millimeter or so thick, so just about the right amount for two decently-stacked sandwiches. The salmon is pretty clean and mild, for the most part. From my dad's aforementioned smoking prowess, I'm fairly certain I can tell the difference between different smoking wood chip varieties. For my part, I sensed more sweetness from the apple and cherry than depth from oak and maple, which isn't a bad thing for a meat like the steak that swims.
I'm not sure if this a brand new product, but it's definitely the first time we saw it. The four ounce package cost $4.99, about which I'm indecisive about the value. That equates to $20 a pound, so yeah...that's a lot. Then again, we're not frequent salmon purchasers, so maybe that's the going rate, but the curse of TJ's is I sometimes just expect an exceptional value, which I'm not convinced this is. Regardless, I'm glad we overcame our reservations to give our relaxed morning a little changeup Matching fours from the wife and me.
Bottom line: Trader Joe's Pastrami Style Smoked Atlantic Salmon: 8 out of 10 Golden Spoons.
Bought this a few weeks back. Hated the taste and smellReplyDelete
I will pass on this... The product name alone is a turnoff... Jerky should be limited to beef only.. Thank God, I don't eat red meat.. Someone was definitely smokin' when they came up w/ this concoctionReplyDelete
I don't believe this is jerky - looks like run-of-the-mill smoked salmon to me, just with a tweak.to the spices.Delete
For $20 a pound, I expect wild salmon, not Atlantic (a.k.a. farmed salmon). They do have one excellent wild smoked sockeye salmon at $9.99 for 1/2 pound or $17.99 for 1 pound.ReplyDelete
That's a pretty standard price for smoked salmon, which has a different cost to fresh salmon.ReplyDelete
Most smoked salmon is in the 7 to 15 dollar range. For 5-6 bucks, this is not only a good price, it tastes good as well. I highly recommend.ReplyDelete
How do you prepare this? I'm not sure if this is supposed to be eaten as-is with cream cheese and bagels (or Brioche). Does it need to be heated or cooked? I did not see instructions at the store on the package.ReplyDelete