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5 Things: Product Features

Our marketing team has big plans for this new year and new decade, and among them is a goal to spotlight each of our various products on the blog. We hope you’ll enjoy deeper insights into our products—what makes them special and how best to enjoy them.

This week, we’ll direct you toward some of those product features we already have in circulation, beginning with the most recent.

Snack Sticks

From Bison Buddies to Smoked Salmon Buddies, the people love our snack sticks. At full stock, we’re pushing four varieties of these ideal grab-and-go snacks, but we’ve got plans to grow that list.

Eventually, the creative bug will hit Eric and the production team, and we’ll have new snack sticks joining the team, but until then, the above post has everything you need to know (and perhaps some question-fodder for things you want to know) about our sticks.

Natural Wines

The wine list in this blog is a bit out-of-date, given the new-ness of adult beverages in our deli (just barely over half a year), but in the above feature, you’ll find pertinent information about how and why we select our wine offerings. Natural wine is the key—organically and/or biodynamically produced wines with no added sulfites.

If last year is any indicator, you can expect a new line of seasonally-influenced wine choices every few months.

The Fish Basket

The fish basket isn’t all that complicated: your choice of Smokehaus fish in a basket with crackers and cream cheese.

It’s a winning combination, and one of the quickest items prepared by our deli staff—usually your fish basket is ready to serve by the time you’re finished paying for it. However, there are some clever workarounds and customization options that can help you get the fish basket (or smoked lake trout sandwich) of your dreams. Read the above feature to find out more.

Patricia’s Bakery

Patricia, once hired, quickly ascended into the role of baker-extraordinaire. Her sandwich-line skills are admirable (anyone who has enjoyed our Spring Roll sandwich has Patricia to thank), but once she began bringing in cookies, pastries and quick-breads, it was determined that her talents were misplaced.

We thought we had it good when longtime Smokehauser Jerry began making select batches of bread*—now all of the rye, white bread and ciabattas—but with Patricia joining the baking team, we’re now in the awesome position of having artisanal bread baked in-Haus, as well as amazing cookies, pasties, pizzas, scones, and much more available to us every day.

Check out the bakery blog, but really, just check out our selection of baked goods next time you’re in the deli, and ask anyone who’s working if you want to know more about any of the options: we have opinions, we have favorites, we will talk your ears off about which cookie to choose for any occasion.

*Jerry, I know you don’t read this blog, but I miss your rosemary potato rolls and cheddar-chive-chorizo biscuits.

The Adisalad

The Adisalad has been on the menu for just over a year. This ultra-flavorful vegan or pescatarian salad (‘kraut or kimchi, respectively) is the brainchild of Adison—dishwasher, baker, intellectual—who sought a healthier way to refuel at work, without sacrificing flavor. He brought it to Sandwich Lab, and it was so universally commended that we added it to the menu full-time.

We love carbs and fat—they’re our bread and butter—but they’re not always an option. With fresh greens, cabbage, our Haus pickled vegetable medley (daikon radish, carrot, garlic, onion, jalapeño, and more, with an exciting blend of spices), fresh cucumber slices, chopped Marcona almonds, and your choice of kimchi or sauerkraut, the Adisalad packs a punch of flavor and eating it feels like you’re doing your body a favor.


The Next Feature

Next Tuesday (1/21), we’ll have a lot to say in a feature of our newest deli case offering—smoked jerky! This week we snuck two awesome flavors of bison jerky into our meat case, and next week we’ll be adding sockeye salmon jerky to the mix. And that’s just the beginning.

Next 5 Things™, well, we’ll see—Patricia’s been up to a bunch of kitchen mischief with puff pastry dough and Country Pâté, we have impending remodeling of our office and storage spaces, we’ve got a tough-to-find(-in-Minnesota) cheese in our grab-and-go case, and our deli hours will be changing temporarily in February—that blog could go anywhere.

Until then, we love you forever.

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Product Feature: The Fish Basket

I’d like to borrow a little of your time to talk about an underrated item on our menu—the Fish Basket.

The Fish Basket exists in a liminal space between our deli/grocery service and the prepared lunch items side of our operation.

It’s simple in execution—you select a piece (or several pieces) of fish, we put it in a basket with a side of scallion cream cheese, soda crackers (or your choice of crackers for a small additional charge), and an appropriate amount of utensils—but complex in application.

The Fish Basket is perfect for those on a tight schedule.

The reality of our deli during peak season, or even right around lunch time, is that there is going to be some amount of a wait. When you order a fish basket, it is almost always ready to go by the time you reach the register to pay. If you’re craving that Smokehaus fix, but don’t have many moments to spare, think of the Fish Basket.

Maybe you’d just like an appetizer while your group waits for their sandwiches. The Fish Basket is an elegant option that features our flagship product. It’s about as Smokehaus as it gets.

The Fish Basket is perfect for a wide array of budgets and appetites.

I want candy…

The only limit on your Fish Basket is the fish we have available. Our Atlantic salmon slabs sit around a half-pound on average, Lake Superior whitefish baskets are made with a half-whitefish—somewhere between a half-pound and a pound depending on how big those suckers get—and Lake Superior lake trout chunks average about one-third of a pound.

But our candied Alaskan king salmon, Atlantic salmon tails, ciscos, and sockeye sticks come in much smaller weights, and are fair game for Fish Baskets.

You don’t even have to limit your basket to one piece of fish. A chunk of lake trout alongside a small handful of tails and a salmon stick is a quick, easy, and affordable variety basket, perfect for one, but easily adjusted to feed more.

Depending on how you assemble it, a Fish Basket could run you anywhere from $5-30, though they tend to average $10-12.

The Fish Basket will never go out of style.

Whatever reason you’re considering a Fish Basket—saving time, getting a quick snack, impressing your guests, or just trying to steadily try all of our options— the combination of our smoked fish and scallion cream cheese on top of a soda cracker is a winner. It’s sweet and savory, with just the right amount of crunch, and a fundamental flavor combination found throughout our menu.