SeaBear Smokehouse Compliment - These mixes have my vote...
TROY, MICHIGAN -- My Sis and BIL are well aware of my culinary abilities. :) As part of my Christmas 2010 gift, they sent me a ”Chowder & Bisque Try Me Sampler” from SeaBear Smokehouse, based in Anacortes WA. The package consisted of:
1.Smoked Salmon Chowder
2.Alehouse Clam Chowder
3.Dungeness Crab Bisque
4.Alaskan Halibut Chowder
The mixes are in pouches and, until opened, require no refrigeration. I would compare the consistency to that of very thick paste. Instructions call for combining with milk, ½ and ½, whipping cream, or a combination of two, equal to 1-1/2 or 2 cups, depending on the mix chosen.
My first try was the Smoked Salmon Chowder. Never having had salmon chowder previously, I didn’t know what to expect.
The result was absolutely delicious! Not only was it thick and hearty, the vegetables and pieces of salmon were very discernable. A scant cup, along with three bread sticks, was lunch. For dinner later, I added a salad and was quite satiated.
When trying the crab bisque, although very tasty, I was disappointed that I found no crab chunks. But then, the name says it all. I’ve never had a bisque containing pieces of anything!
I have only the Alaskan Halibut Chowder left which I’ll probably prepare tomorrow. They can be done either stove-top or in the nuker (which next to my coffee maker is the most used appliance in my house).
Since the mixes can be purchased individually, I know I’ll be placing my own order in the future.
I chuckled at a comment shown on each pouch: Low-fat milk may be substituted. They’ve got to be kidding! I’ll use the ½ and ½, along with the whipping cream—and call Roto-Rooter at a later date.
Although other products are available, SeaBear specializes in salmon and salmon products. On a scale of 1-10, I’d give these mixes a 12.