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I've gotten the same "can't be done now" response on overnight meats.  the carriers must be in a real struggle - I know Amazon Prime (2 day) is a total joke at this point....

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8 hours ago, AlaMoi said:

I've gotten the same "can't be done now" response on overnight meats.  the carriers must be in a real struggle - I know Amazon Prime (2 day) is a total joke at this point....

 

As an aside, I was on a Zoom call today about potential business opportunities post-COVID -- the consensus was a major restructuring of the supply chain, with a focus on more and smaller distribution centers dispersed about the country, was the general forecast.

 

A 4-million-square-foot distribution center is a fine thing, as long as nothing fouls up the long legs between it and its destinations. Current experience and wisdom seems to indicate smaller, and closer together, DCs will ensure fewer failures due to supply chain disruptions.

 

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I've been very happy with the quality and delivery of the frozen seafood I'm getting from Great-Alaska-Seafood.

 

It arrives overnight, fedex, in perfect (i.e. frozen rock solid) condition.

 

And so far, the halibut, salmon, shrimp and scallops have all been very good. Dare I say better shrimp, slamon and halibut that I might get at Essex Market. I still haven't tried Pierless yet, as I'm trying to go through some of the stuff in my freezer.

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1 hour ago, weinoo said:

I've been very happy with the quality and delivery of the frozen seafood I'm getting from Great-Alaska-Seafood.

 

It arrives overnight, fedex, in perfect (i.e. frozen rock solid) condition.

 

And so far, the halibut, salmon, shrimp and scallops have all been very good. Dare I say better shrimp, slamon and halibut that I might get at Essex Market. I still haven't tried Pierless yet, as I'm trying to go through some of the stuff in my freezer.

 

I just looked at their site... looks great.

 

But tuna is 24.95 for "10 to 14 oz".  Not 24.95/lb, just a flat rate for fish in that range. 40% variation in weight ...same price.

 

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29 minutes ago, gfweb said:

 

I just looked at their site... looks great.

 

But tuna is 24.95 for "10 to 14 oz".  Not 24.95/lb, just a flat rate for fish in that range. 40% variation in weight ...same price.

 

Odd

 

True, but I will say that most of the filets I've been getting are on the high side of the weights listed.  So if I buy a pound of Copper River salmon, and it's two filets, it's likely to weigh 18+ oz. And whenever they've had to make a substitution, it has been with a higher priced item. They do say this about that tuna...

 

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Saku blocks are cut based on dimensions, not weight. This is preferred by Japanese chef's in sashimi tuna preparations as they base their servings on the number of slices they serve.

 

Their free shipping policy kicks in at 8 lbs., which is no small amount for my home freezer.  The packaging is great too.

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On 5/17/2020 at 4:21 PM, Smithy said:

 

That's part of my hesitation. The other part is that we have a couple of local fishermen who make their living providing Alaskan fish to stores and businesses here. I haven't had the chance since we got home to see how that stock is holding up, but if they're still in business I'd rather support them.  I'll be able to find out this week.

 

I'm happy to report that the fishing businesses I referred to are still in business and the supply is good. Our local stores' supplies of seafood (and freshwater fish) are as good as ever. I'll be interested in reading about online supplies, but I can keep supporting the local guys.

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My order from Wild Alaskan Salmon has arrived.  Everything was rock-solid and the fish looks marvelous.  But the order was missing the halibut portions, sigh.  

 

I'd say, they're not quite ready for prime time.  If I decide to keep ordering non-local stuff -- the flash freezing is really an advantage over getting vaguely fresh stuff that I then freeze -- but if I do this again, I'll try the company weinoo has recommended.

 

 

 

 

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What was their response to not having the halibut, @SLB?  I've heard very good things about that salmon as far as taste goes!

 

There are quite a few Alaskan seafood suppliers; I guess it's hard to know which one is the "best," and I guess it depends on what you're looking to eat. Also, most of these places were doing this type of shipping way before the pandemic buying, so they know what they're doing.  My friends who have ordered and eaten the stuff from Great-Alaska have all thanked me for recommending it; just don't order the smoked stuff (I didn't like it much), just order the fresh frozen.

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Fair point on the shipping; the truth is, all of the shippers are drastically stressed; I get that now just is not the time to be ordering things that don't admit much flexibility.

 

On the halibut, I suggested an adjustment as an alternative; the packaging/shipping yaddayaddayadda for 12 measly ounces of fish is just not appropriate, not in these times or any other.  

 

So I think I'm getting a bit of a refund.  

 

I realize I went kinda Karen on this -- particularly when the customer service dialogue seemed to vanish --  but I am going to be fine.    

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There has been little press here in the Pacific Northwest about the opening of the annual Copper River Salmon season, which is understandable given the times.  I haven't ventured out, but this weekend I'll check a few local markets to see if it's in and at what price point.  It's always expensive this time of year, and given the economic factors, I doubt there will be much demand.  I checked on the Alaska Seafood website and they are selling it flash frozen for $67.95 a pound.  Don't know what it was from them this time last year, but I bet it wasn't that much.  For my tastes I think it is a salmon that is actually best prepared fresh.

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46 minutes ago, SLB said:

On the halibut, I suggested an adjustment as an alternative; the packaging/shipping yaddayaddayadda for 12 measly ounces of fish is just not appropriate, not in these times or any other.  

 

I'm gonna sound like an advertisement, but when Great-Alaska substitutes, or when they have subbed a product for another out-of-stock product, it has been something of equal or greater value. In equal or greater amounts.

 

17 minutes ago, David Ross said:

Don't know what it was from them this time last year, but I bet it wasn't that much.  For my tastes I think it is a salmon that is actually best prepared fresh.

 

I don't doubt  that, but what I've found is that cooking in the steam oven, at low temperatures, gives a pretty good finished product.

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