Scotland’s Salar Smokehouse Makes the Flakiest Smoked Salmon

first_imgFeasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.Just west of mainland Scotland lie the Outer Hebrides, a string of more than 100 small islands that are inhabited by a population of only 26,000 people. There, situated on the Isle of South Uist, you’ll find Salar Smokehouse, which has been producing small batch, premium smoked salmon for 30 years. Heritage, tradition and quality reign supreme at this family-run operation, so we decided to take a look inside the smokehouse doors to see what makes this place truly special.Salmon farming is a key part of Scotland’s economy and accounts for 40 percent of the country’s food exports. Salar has relationships with the very best producers and only sources their salmon from the most reputable suppliers. They produce an excellent traditional cold smoked salmon that’s massaged with their signature cure then slowly roasted over oak for a minimum of 36 hours. But the real star of Salar is their flaky smoked salmon, which is lightly cured then roasted over wood smoke to produce a dark outer glaze and succulent, flaky texture that’s downright addicting. The smokehouse only employs about six local people, with a handful more joining the team around the holidays, so their smoked salmon is truly a small batch, artisan product.We connected with Iain MacRury—who purchased the smokehouse in 2015—to learn more about Salar’s signature flaky salmon, the company’s sustainability practices and what’s next for the brand.First things first, why flaky smoked salmon?We have a unique recipe—which is produced in top-secret, locally-designed and built kilns—that’s different from every other hot smoked salmon on the market. It retains all of its natural juices and does not dry out, and the salmon is also extremely high in omega 3 oils. There was a strong following of the brand and its products and a need for this leading superior quality salmon to remain available to our loyal customers, some of which have been purchasing it for 30 years.In 2008, a company that produces farmed salmon purchased Salar, and you bought it in 2015 with plans to relaunch the brand with a back-to-basics approach. What did you change about the company when you took the helm?We went back to the recipe and brand that had been so successful for the original owner, which was a key decision that was important to our customers. It is now a family run business once again with the owners at the heart of every process, who add the love that our products deserve. Each portion has that personal touch, and once again it is a household name. We now have five family members involved in the process.How do you source your salmon? Does sustainability play a part in your decisions?Our salmon is sourced from Scottish farmed salmon producers, and we will only source fish reared in the fresh clean waters off the west coast of Scotland. We only buy superior fillets and our three main suppliers provide the best quality.You’re dedicated to experimenting with new types of products. Is there a project you’ve been working on lately that you’re particularly excited about?Currently, we are developing a new smoked scallop range using traditional methods. We’re testing various wood chips for a sweet yet smoky depth of flavour, and it’s something we hope to launch in the next couple of months. We are also looking at producing Haddock smokies (whole smoked haddock) with our own unique recipe.You have some fantastic recipes that utilize the Salar’s smoked salmon. What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy your product?The only way, in my mind, to enjoy the product is as is—no frills—with just a simple dressed salad and wonderful flaky smoked salmon, perhaps with a little brown bread to complement it. 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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UNbacked partnership support fund launched to end violence against children

“Every day, in every country and every community, children are victimized by violence – and far too often, this violence is accepted as normal, permissible, or a private matter,” said Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership. “Violence against children is not inevitable – if we challenge the status quo that harms the lives and futures of so many children. Every child has the right to grow up free from violence – and we all need to work together to realize that vision,” she added. At the launch event, government ministers from Sweden, Mexico, Indonesia and Tanzania committed to developing specific plans that will combat violence against children, including tackling behaviours and traditions that further violence, making schools and institutions safe for all children, and strengthening data collection about violence and children, among other efforts. The Global Partnership today also launched a new ‘Inspire’ package of seven strategies to prevent violence against children. The package was created with the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, End Violence Against Children, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Together for Girls, UNICEF, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank. The new strategies include parent and caregiver support programmes, life skills training, the implementation and enforcement of laws, and services for victims. In a separate news release today, WHO highlighted that the seven approaches have all been tested, and all have shown concrete results. “Knowledge about the extent and harms of violence against children is growing, together with evidence about effective strategies for prevention,” noted Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of WHO’s Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “Now we need to build on that knowledge to work collectively to create the safe, stable, and nurturing environments that protect children and adolescents from violent harm,” he added. The launch of the Global Partnership includes the premiere of a new public service announcement featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson and international children’s peace prize winners from Liberia and the Philippines. End Violence Against Children – The Global Partnership brings together the United Nations, governments, foundations, civil society, academia, the private sector and young people in driving action towards achieving the targets to end violence by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Global Partnership to End Violence against Children is mobilizing the world,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “There could be no more meaningful way to help realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that in the past year, as many as one billion children around the world have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence. Globally, one in four children suffers physical abuse. Nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in her life, while every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence. “Violence against children is a problem shared by every society – so the solution must also be shared,” said the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, who serves as founding co-chair of the Global Partnership Board. “When we protect children from violence we not only prevent individual tragedies and support children’s development and growth. In doing so, we also support the strength and stability of their societies,” he added. In coordination with the United Kingdom (UK), a multi-donor trust fund is being established to support the Global Partnership. The UK Government is making a contribution of £40 million to catalyze the Fund in collaboration with the WePROTECT Global Alliance, an initiative created in 2014 by the Government that is dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of children online through national and global action. The UK funding will be dispersed over the next four years and will focus on ending online child sexual exploitation. Children at Atme camp for displaced people in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey. About 6.5 million Syrians have been internally displaced by violence. Photo: Jodi Hilton/IRIN read more