A while back I noticed Patagonia released a food line, filled with jerky and seed blends. I didn’t pay much attention until the other day when I noticed their salmon pouches in the food store.

I had been looking into different pre-cooked salmon options for easy sources of protein, however every option I could find was always farmed.

Enter Patagonia. As one of the most environmentally and socially responsible companies, it’s no surprise that their salmon is wild and sustainably sourced. And that’s what you’re paying for.

A 6oz pouch of wild sockeye salmon cost $12. I thought it might be cheaper online, but it’s actually more at $14 a pouch.

So yesterday for work I took the salmon box and some salad in a bowl. When it was time to eat, I drained the pouch (it was preserved in oil which, like a goof, I splattered some on my shirt) and plopped the filet on top of the salad.

As far as appearances go it looked really good, definitely not like something that just came out of a pouch.

But how did it taste? It was good. Not great, but good.

Savory. Flavorful (I got the lemon pepper version but there’s also an original option). Flaked out like you’d expect from a fillet. My one complaint is it’s a bit on the dry side, which is to be expected from a pouched fillet.

I ate it at room temperature, but they do offer a suggestion to heat up the pouch in water. Perhaps that might moisten the filet. 

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In addition to the single packets, they have wild pink in 4oz packets in boxes of 2 and 6, which comes out to be a little less than the wild sockeye. But if I was eating that for lunch I’d have to have two packets because the one 6oz sockeye barely kept me full. 

One advantage I didn’t touch on is its shelf stableness. The packets are good for a number of years at room temperature, so these can easily be taken camping or backpacking for a much more delicious and nutritious option than ramen noodles.

If you’re looking for a super easy, super clean protein option for your meal, Patagonia Provisions is hard to beat. However at $12 a fillet, it’s not going to be a money saving option if you have wild fish options from restaurants nearby.

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