A few weeks ago, I shared a recipe for Garden Fresh Tuna Salad with Feta that used a sustainably caught tuna from Wild Planet Foods. I was truly thrilled to have discovered Wild Planet because I have been trying to make greener seafood choices in my weekly grocery shopping. I am sure many of you have heard the term ‘dolphin safe’ when it comes to canned tuna but there are a lot of other factors to consider when purchasing seafood. If you aren’t familiar with Wild Planet Foods, here is some information about them from their website:
Wild Planet workers take delivery of the fish right off the boats, and many of the boat owners are shareholders in our company. This gives us the advantage of being one of the very few packaged seafood companies that oversees selecting only the highest quality fish from the catch, directing quality control in the packing of the product and offering the product to our customers. With this hook to shelf oversight, we are able to assure that our products are the best tasting possible and in compliance with our mission.
It is not always easy to know what seafood is considered ‘sustainable’ and which varieties are endangered. There is a little bit of research that needs to be done so that you know which species are endangered, which areas of the country are over-harvested, and which fishing techniques should not be used. The Wild Planet Foods website has a TON of information to help you make the right decisions in your seafood purchases. They are 100% compliant with the fishing recommendations of all environmental agencies andsource from only eco-preferable fisheries. Wild Planet sources albacore and skipjack tuna only from pole and troll caught fisheries. This is is considered the BEST CHOICE in harvest technique by the consensus of international environmental organizations studying this issue.
Wild Planet Foods offers a number of different types of seafood including tuna, shrimp, salmon and sardines. They have a great Welcome to Wild Planet variety pack of some of their most popular items if you would like to try a few things out!
For my review, I received a selection of Wild Planet Foods that included several varieties of tuna, some salmon and a package of sardines. Of course, the first thing I decided to try out was the tuna since it is such a versatile product to have on hand in the pantry! The cans are 5 ounces and the pouch is 3 ounces. The pouch was the perfect size for one sandwich. Wild Planet tuna and salmon are packed with no additional water, oil, preservatives or chemicals, so there is 50% more tuna or salmon by weight. The cans of tuna went into my tuna salad recipe and had some nice chunks in there. I don’t care for tuna that is really minced up tiny…I loved that there were small chunks in my pasta salad! Click on the picture to check out the recipe!
Wild Planet Foods tuna salad
Now, I admit I am not much of a fan of sardines, so this one isn’t my favorite. But, if you ARE a fan of sardines, you can get them packed in olive oil, olive oil with lemon, water or even marinara sauce! They are already cleaned and scale free and are lightly smoked before packing. Sardines are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids! the Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon I received is a 6 ounce can and no additional liquids are added during packing. Wild Planet Seafood has some great recipes on their website, including one for a Savory Salmon Cakes if you aren’t sure what to do with canned salmon!
Overall, I really loved the products offered by Wild Planet Foods and am extremely impressed with their sustainability initiatives. Making greener seafood choices is a great way to reduce your ecological footprint! You can purchase their products in many major retail stores, on the Wild Planet Foods website or on Amazon:
Disclaimer: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials.”: I received product samples from Wild Planet Foods in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. Some of the links in this post may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.