Northern Catch is a label for seafood products that is exclusively sold through the privately owned company Aldi. Aldi's stores offer a no-frills and very basic shopping experience with most brands unique to the store. The shopping carts require a quarter to unchain and you get your quarter back after returning the cart. There are very few employees compared to traditional grocery stores, you must bring your own grocery bags or purchase them at the register, bag your own groceries and Aldi is able to pass the savings from these cost-saving methods down to the consumer. These stores are run very efficiently -- no big surprise considering it is a German company.
The smell of this salmon upon opening the can is pleasant and nearly indistinguishable from the smell of canned tuna. However, the scent of this canned salmon is a little bit stronger than tuna. This can is PACKED with firm pieces of salmon, including the skin and bones -- good if you like your fish full of vitamins and minerals. The taste is very similar to tuna except that this salmon has a deeper flavor that I find quite enjoyable, my cats like it as well.
The flesh is firm and the bones are definitely noticeable, one could probably pick the spinal cord of the fish out if it really bothers them. This fish is not too salty and would be well suited to making salmon patties with breadcrumbs, egg, and a little bit of lemon juice. A good can of fish that packs a good amount of omega 3 fatty acids. I will buy this again for sure.
The only problem with this product is a problem that exists with all salmon products; salmon, being fairly large carnivorous fish, tend to collect large amounts of pollutants like mercury in their bodies. Therefore, people who are susceptible to these pollutants, like pregnant women and very young children, may want to avoid large carnivorous fish.
However, this product is graded by me only by the merits of what it is, and it is an exceptional product that Aldi sells through the Northern Catch label. Thus, Northern Catch Canned Pink Salmon gets 5 cylinders of salmon out of 5. I definitely recommend trying this product, and don't forget the quarter for your cart!