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Costco Wild Alaskan Salmon
Comparison

by Vaughn Aubuchon

UPDATE: Kirkland Signature Canned Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is no longer available in California.

Costco now sells "Silver Lining" Wild Smoked Sockeye Salmon in a can. The only review at Costco says that it is far too salty.

The following text compares the two types of canned wild Alaskan salmon from Costco.


Which one of the two undyed products below looks like salmon to you?
To me, the product on the left looks more like tuna.

30

100

60

30

80

80

30

Costco Canned Wild Salmon photos
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Costco Canned Wild Alaskan Salmon - Comparison Chart

Bear & Wolf
Kirkland
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Comment

Tag Line

Premium Skinless & Boneless
Boneless & Skinless

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Name

Pink Salmon,
Wild Alaskan Salmon
Wild Alaskan
Sockeye salmon

Kirkland wins

Color

Off-white

Orange

Kirkland wins

Can Contents

6 ounces

6 ounces

same

Serving Size

2 ounces

2 ounces

same

Omega 3 per serving

325 mg

410mg

Kirkland wins (26% more)

Total Fat

1 gram

1.5 grams

B & W is lower fat

Saturated Fat

0 grams

0 grams

same

Cholesterol

20 mg

65 mg

B & W is lower cholesterol

Sodium

220 mg

230 mg

B & W is lower sodium

Protein

13 grams

12 grams

B & W is higher protein

Price

$8.99 for 6 cans
$13.99 for 4 cans

Kirkland 130% more $

Price per Ounce

$ 0.25
$ 0.58

130% more expensive for orange flesh quality

Question Number

(800) 805-0437
(800) 774-2678

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150 - 600

125

125

200

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Costco Canned Wild Alaskan Salmon - Comments

Although B. & W. specs are marginally better on some line items,
the nutrition, appearance, and taste are superior in the Kirkland product.

The healthiest wild salmon have a deep orange color, caused by natural food sources.
The color of farmed salmon is a sickly grey color, and is ALWAYS dyed with artificial color.

It is the color of the two salmon products above which makes up my mind. Why is the Bear and Wolf product not orange? You tell me. I will go with Kirkland, especially since the Omega-3 level is 26% higher. There is also a decisive difference in taste. To me, the Kirkland product tastes more like salmon is supposed to taste.

Types of Pacific Salmon

Chinook Salmon (King) -
Coho Salmon (Silver) -
Sockeye Salmon (Red) -
Chum Salmon (Dog) -
Pink Salmon (Humpie) -

The finest, seldom canned
Excellent
Very good
Substandard - usually canned
Substandard - usually canned

Largest . - 120 lbs. (55 kg)
Medium - 15 lbs. (6.8 kg)
Small . . - 7 lbs. (3.2 kg)
Small . . - 10 lbs. (4.5 kg)
Smallest - 5 lbs. (2.3 kg)

Atlantic Salmon (Farmed) -

Farmed only, lowest quality

Varies

180 - 580

210

190


Disclaimer
These are the thoughts of the author. They may not be correct.

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This Vaughns Costco Canned Wild Salmon Guide
was last updated on 2014-05-31.