Costco's Canned Salmon Is Almost Too Convenient To Pass Up

Costco shoppers know the store's vast aisles are packed with treasures from both a culinary and budgetary perspective. One of the most underrated may be the chain's canned Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon. Pink salmon are the smallest but most abundant type of wild Pacific salmon and one of the most popular styles found in canned salmon. Sold in packs of six, Kirkland Signature offers incredible convenience for seafood lovers cooking at home – not to mention value, at under $20 per pack. At roughly $0.53 an ounce, it's a significant discount over the store's fresh salmon, which typically sells for $1.40 to $2 per ounce.

In addition to cost savings, it also lasts far, far longer than other types of salmon. Most fresh salmon needs to be used within two days or so, and even frozen salmon rarely lasts more than a year under optimal conditions without seeing a decline in quality. On the other hand, Kirkland Signature canned salmon will easily last four years or longer , meaning there's no rush to use it, even if you're an infrequent salmon eater.

Easy to use and good for you too

Don't forget about the health benefits of salmon, which aren't diminished by the canning process. A can contains two servings, each with 17 grams of protein and 60% of your daily Vitamin D despite measuring in with just 80 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. There's also no trans fat or added sugars. In addition, it's lower in harmful mercury than similar canned fish like tuna.

Another perk of Costco's canned salmon is its versatility. There's so much home cooks can do with it, and the mild flavor of pink salmon provides an even better canvas for your favorite flavors. Options range from the simple but popular salmon patties to delicious salmon salad (both the style with greens and veggies and the mayo-based version a la chicken salad), salmon meatballs, stir frys, and more.

It's rare to find food with such an unusual combination of affordability, preservability, versatility, and general healthful qualities. Is it any wonder so many Costco shoppers are finding it too convenient to pass up on their recent shopping trips?