Salmon collars are a delicious and unique cut. The collar has a special texture and full, rich flavor. They grill very quickly and are a perfect appetizer. Most collars have a big bite or two of fillet-type flesh on one end. Around the collar itself are strips of fat and rich flesh. Although collars may not be for everyone, if you're happy to spend a little time picking trips of fatty flesh with your fork, you will be handsomely rewarded!
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Collars are the cut from behind the head and in front of the fillet. Each includes several big bites of flesh along with very delicious and fatty flesh around the fin area. The texture of the flesh here is different and there is much more delicious fat. Take a look at this page for a better look at where the collar comes from.
These do have one fin attached and the associated bones as well as a bone plate. However, there are no pin bone-like bones.
I vacuum seal my salmon in heavy 5mm bags. Your fresh-frozen seafood will keep in your freezer in pristine condition for at least 12 months.
After commercial fishing Alaska's waters for 25 years, I am starting to focus more on turning out stunning fillets for your dinner table and less on sloshing around in my boat fishing. Although I am sometimes fishing, more often I am jumping on a friend's skiff to get their best fish before taking them ashore and filleting them in my beach-front fillet cabin. The art and craft of turning out beautiful fillets is more and more where my heart is these days. I call it salmon craft.
All my sockeye is hand-caught, filleted, and pin boned in a fillet cabin on the banks of the Ugashik River in remote western Alaska. Bristol Bay is the biggest salmon run on earth. Sometimes there are more than 65 million sockeye returning to spawn! Although we do catch quite a bit of king on the Ugashik River, I also source some from friends who are involved in the troll-caught fishery of Southeast Alaska. These are stunning fish caught one at a time by hook in their prime in the open ocean.
When it comes to the white fish I sell, both species, halibut and sablefish, are sourced from friends in Kodiak and Southeast, Alaska. Although I commercially fished halibut for years in my youth, it's something I now leave to my tougher friends.
My smoked salmon comes from a dear friend in Southeast, Alaska who has smoked for me for years. His smoked salmon isn't available anywhere else and is out of this world.