November 1, 2023
Chad Kreel

Did You Know? 

The history of canning salmon dates back to the early 19th century. The process of canning, which involves sealing food in airtight containers to preserve it, revolutionized the food industry and enabled the widespread distribution of perishable goods. 

The practice of canning salmon began in North America, particularly in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Canada, where salmon was abundant and an important food source for indigenous peoples and settlers. The First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest had long been preserving salmon through smoking and drying techniques. 

The credit for the commercial canning of salmon is usually given to two individuals: Gail Borden and Thomas Kensett. In the 1840s, Gail Borden, an American inventor and entrepreneur, developed a method for condensing milk and preserving it in cans. His successful venture with canned milk inspired others to explore canning as a preservation method for various food products. Around the same time, Thomas Kensett, a British-born American chemist, developed a canning process that involved sealing food in tin-plated iron cans. This process greatly improved the shelf life of canned goods compared to earlier methods that used glass jars or other materials. 

Canned salmon gained popularity due to its convenience, long shelf life, and nutritional value. It became a staple food for soldiers during the American Civil War and later for gold rush miners, who relied on canned goods for sustenance in remote areas. Over time, improvements in canning technology and transportation infrastructure further boosted the salmon canning industry. By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, canneries were producing vast quantities of canned salmon, both for domestic consumption and for export to markets around the world. 

Today, the canning of salmon continues to be an important industry, although it has faced challenges due to overfishing, environmental concerns, and changes in consumer preferences. Canned salmon remains a popular and convenient product, enjoyed for its taste and nutritional benefits. Many canneries use Continental / Closetech canning machines because of their simplicity and availability of change parts. 

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