Steelhead (farmed) at costco

Buck

"Ride'n Dirty."
#1
I see costco is in the business of sellling farmed steelhead at their stores (4th ave). It's 4.99 a lb., same as farmed catfish. Seems odd, but not sure why?
Buck.
 

chromeseeker

Where's the Bucket?
#2
But is it still considered a true steelie if it never had the chance to migrate to the ocean? Seems like it's basically a big rainbow fed some red feed to get the pink meat....

CS
 

PT

Physhicist
#4
Same as chicken, beef, pork, asparagus, onions, potatos, etc. All farmed. Not the evolution I'd prefer but the way it's going. That loaf of bread you're using for sandwiches didn't make a spawning run either.... Ingredients were farmed.
 
#6
Same as chicken, beef, pork, asparagus, onions, potatos, etc. All farmed. Not the evolution I'd prefer but the way it's going. That loaf of bread you're using for sandwiches didn't make a spawning run either.... Ingredients were farmed.
PT, it doesn't taste the same. It doesn't BBQ the same. It doesn't smoke up the same. I suspect the difference is the fat content. From an eating standpoint, it is not really the same fish.
 

Matt Burke

Active Member
#7
PT, it doesn't taste the same. It doesn't BBQ the same. It doesn't smoke up the same. I suspect the difference is the fat content. From an eating standpoint, it is not really the same fish.
Damn, I was just heading to Costco. Guess I'm stuck with waiting for June 1 again.
 
#8
Saw a week ago Albertson selling farm raised Steelhead for $4.99 per pound. The same fish a week earlier was Rainbow trout at $3.99 a pound.
Would a rose by any other name still smell the same?
 

Buck

"Ride'n Dirty."
#10
Saw a week ago Albertson selling farm raised Steelhead for $4.99 per pound. The same fish a week earlier was Rainbow trout at $3.99 a pound.
Would a rose by any other name still smell the same?
In this case yes. Steelhead taste...to me like Salmon, not trout. But, why is farm raised steelhead worthy of raising? Since it's not really as well known as Chinook or Coho, why farm it? Really....because you can? To me it would be like farm raising Dolly's or Cutts. ;)

I don't care either way because I'm not eating farm raised fish. I hear they are really unhealthy, is that true?
 

PT

Physhicist
#11
PT, it doesn't taste the same. It doesn't BBQ the same. It doesn't smoke up the same. I suspect the difference is the fat content. From an eating standpoint, it is not really the same fish.
I wouldn't know if they taste the same or not. I catch and keep enough to feed the family. Just trying to make a point. I've never bought a pound of salmon or steelhead from a grocery store in my life. I also don't order fish when going to a restaurant. Same reason as stated above.
 

James Mello

Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"
#12
In this case yes. Steelhead taste...to me like Salmon, not trout. But, why is farm raised steelhead worthy of raising? Since it's not really as well known as Chinook or Coho, why farm it? Really....because you can? To me it would be like farm raising Dolly's or Cutts. ;)

I don't care either way because I'm not eating farm raised fish. I hear they are really unhealthy, is that true?
Depends. There was a study that suggested that the fish had a higher mercury content than their wild bretheren. But that study was pretty much debunked as it was a single point case study.

In *general* farm raised fish are pretty much a product of what they eat. If you get farm raised fish that's fed a diet high in heavy metals, they will end up with heavy metals in their flesh. In some cases, it will be lower, and in others (where lots of fish scrap is used) it can be higher. All in all high quality fish protein is pretty hard to beat for healthy....
 

James Mello

Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"
#13
I'll skip on the farmed fish based on both my taste buds and personal ethics :thumb:
You willing to take the pepsi challenge? More than a few folks I know complain about the taste, but have the palate of a rock. I'm not saying this is the case with you, but in general, most folks really don't know the difference.

But I will admit, there is little to no resembalence between a fresh from the salt springer and what's sold (farm raised). But man oh man, tulley time in the fall in Columbia tribs? Give me farm raised *any* day of the year.

-- Cheers
-- James
 
#14
I don't think they sell anything but farm fish in the stores these days. Correct if I'm wrong, but aren't T-bones farm raised?:rofl:

I take that back, you can get Copper river Kings tomorrow at what price I haven't a clue, couple of buddies up there that laugh at what-ever buys it at that price.
 
#15
James- yes, the average person has a fairly shit palate :hmmm: I first saw farmed fish while visiting my grandmother in yuma az, now to my surprise it's readily available here.

In regards to the effects of fish farming on the environment:

and this ofcourse is but one view/opinion, though similar results can be seen on other local fish farms, and farms in the Scandinavian countries as well.

Everyone can form their own opinion/conclusions, personally though I've seen enough to know that it's a form of farming that I don't support. (and I'm speaking for the dye added, full farm raised product, i don't know enough about the partial farm raised, then released fish to comment on that form of farming.)