Set the Net

Recipes and snapshots of life in Bristol Bay, AK

      The leaves are beginning to turn here in Bristol Bay. The tundra shifting from greens and tiny vibrant blooms to deep rich maroons and yellows, signaling Fall is arriving. Fish and berries fill our freezer and moose hunting season began on the 20th, with several of our friends posting early successes on …

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The mighty Chinook Salmon or King Salmon is the largest of the five species of salmon in Alaska. Every year their arrival is much anticipated throughout the state, global markets, and in local nets here in Bristol Bay. It’s fat rich meat & delicate texture is prized for smoking, grilling, cutting into traditional strips, baking …

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Rhubarb and busy hands are in abundance around here come June every year. With our subsistence net in the water and a good haul of fish under our belts we have been nonstop smoking, canning, and freezing a bounty of salmon. The F/V Sea Breeze launched back on the 20th of June and the guys …

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Holiday gifting is officially in crunch mode with Christmas, Slavi, & Hanukkah all just around the corner. If you haven’t found the perfect gift to wrap up for your loved ones, best friend, secret Santa, or that upcoming Eskimo Bingo game … don’t fret I have a holiday roundup of my favorite local Bristol Bay small …

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It is late August here in Bristol Bay and like our family most fishermen have hung it up for the commercial season. The major processors have left and only a few die hard direct marketers are still at it, including my sister in law’s family down at Ekuk Beach in the Nushagak District. The Ekuk …

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Salmon Pie. Two words that inspire hunger in this household and everyone down to the tiniest mouth will ask for more. Often called pirok or even kulebyaka if your Russian is up to par. Basically it is a Russian dish that Alaskan’s have taken on as their own, and I have flipped into my own …

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It is no secret around Set the Net that salmon plays an integral role in our livelihood. We eat Bristol Bay wild Alaskan salmon 8-12 times a week from dinners, to snack-times, breakfasts, and in lunch boxes. Salmon was both of our daughter’s first food. But it’s not just the eating of the salmon that …

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