When spending countless hours sorting through meal delivery sites, one of the questions that comes to mind is: where does this food actually come from? While the ease of regular meal delivery kits may solve the problem of what to eat for dinner, we are, in many cases, swapping convenience for clarity—you don’t know quite what you’re getting until it shows up on your door, and even then it can be difficult to trace your food back to its source. And with certain food products like fish, this information is essential. As two recent studies showed, fraud is rampant in the seafood industry. These reports, from NOAA and Oceana, stated that as much as 90 percent of seafood that ends up on Americans’ plates is imported, and is often sourced from poorly regulated industrial farms. In addition, 28 percent of the seafood that Oceana tested was found to be mislabeled, and more than half (58 percent) of that mislabeled seafood posed a health risk to consumers. In a nutshell, the fish you’re buying isn’t what you’re actually getting.
Enter the new trend in home meal delivery kits: sustainable seafood shipped directly to you. Many of the companies that ship seafood to the top restaurants in the U.S. have recently created meal delivery services so that you no longer need to go to pricy restaurants for premium quality fish—at least as long as you’re prepared to cook it yourself. Some of these companies go a step further, offering traceable product information so you know who caught your fish, and when. We’ve vetted the best of these options, weighing up their added conveniences and cost, so you can choose the one that’s right for you.
This company’s wild Sockeye salmon is sourced from the Bristol Bay region in Alaska, all of which is 100 percent traceable and sourced by a fleet of 100 harvesters. According to The EPA, the Bristol Bay watershed supports the largest wild, sustainable sockeye salmon fishery in the world, with approximately 46 percent of the average global abundance of wild sockeye salmon. Each case of their fish is marked with the name of the fishing district in the bay where it was harvested.
Pride of Bristol Bay ships in minimum of 20 pound increments once or twice per year. If you know that salmon will be a staple item in your family’s diet, then this is a perfect solution. Everything arrives frozen, so you can just throw it in the freezer and defrost it any time you are craving salmon. I was impressed with the crimson red color and the clean flavor of the Bristol Bay Sockeye. I also liked that the fish was deboned, which made it easier to eat. I added my own citrus marinade of lemon zest, orange peels and fresh cinnamon. Even with the flavors, the salmon still tasted very clean, and held the moisture of the marinade. Another bonus: they include the nutritional information of the salmon on the box, along with what part of Bristol Bay it was sourced from.
Best Gourmet Luxury Seafood Box: Harbour Trading
Best Seafood Box For Salmon Lovers: Pride Of Bristol Bay
Best Overall Variety: Sizzlefish
Best Maine Seafood Experience: Lobster By Fabio
Best Sustainable Fish Options: Sea To Table
Best For Alaskan Seafood Variety: Sitka Salmon
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