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Best brand of sardines?

Discussion in 'Food' started by Desert Drifter, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Desert Drifter

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    I'v been a sardine eater since a kid. Lov 'em. I bought a tin packed in mustard for a trip prospecting. When I was half starved I opened that can of sardines and it shor dint look like US mustard. Sorta greyish green stuff, I got 'em choked down tho. They was from Poland, I never knew sardines come from Poland.

    I wont do that again.

    Any one care to recomend the best sardines?

    'Drifter
     
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    Holmes Maine Sardines, Beach Cliff Sardines, any of the Mediterranean country sardines packed in olive oil are all pretty decent. Worst sardines I had were Bumble Bee brand packed in Thailand, tasted like the way copper pennies smell.
     
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    I buy the Beach Cliff, Louisiana Hot Sauce ones. Those and some vegtable ritz crackers and I'm set!
     
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    I've only had King Oscar. They were good.
     
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    Anything in mustard sauce is OK by me . Recently switched to hot sauce too . Olive oil is a little to oilly for me .I buy the cheapest I can find as a rule . Not a discerning pallete I admit .
     
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    King Oscar's is my favorite brand of sardines.
     
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    My Hubby loves the sardines in tomato sauce. (not the hot) When he can find them he will buy them all. We have quite a stack in the cupboard, right next to the smoked oysters. King Oscar I believe they are. And yes.. on crackers and salted. Me.. I can handle about a bite or two and I'm done with them.

    Marsh.
     
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    Love Sardines any way, but I have noticed the cheaper ones seem to be fair at best. Great food thats actually high in Omega 3 which means all of us should eat them regularly.
     
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    King Oscar for me. Anytime I try and go cheaper, they turn out to be nasty or too big.
     
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    Usually King Oscar or Beach Cliff for me. I like all the variations...I'll usually add Franks Red Hot to the tomato sauce and oil varieties.

    The thought occurred to me that I've never had a California caught sardine. I did some Googling and apparently there are a few specialty companies canning them again.
     
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    I don't always eat sardines, but when i do its King Oscar !
     
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    King Oscar brand is good! I like the mustard, the hot sauce, heck I like them all!!! Why is it that all of us on this site seam to like all the same things? I mean, I don't know anyone else around where I live that eats sardines, let alone do the things like we all do on this site?
     
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    Crown Prince sardines are a good brand too.
     
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    King Oscars are great.
     
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    I can't even buy good sardines around here anymore:12: We used to be able to get BC & KO SARDINES all of the time. They were getting REAL expensive a couple of years ago, then they just disappeared from the shelves altogether. I like the small ones packed in Scotland in oil, but I can't remember the brand name. Those Thai sardines SUCK, big time.....I can't even eat them:15::26:

    EDIT & PS.....it's Crown Prince I was thinking about......I'm hoarding the last can I own!
     
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    I have never found some that tasted Bad...so I go for anyone really....I should check out some of the brands you all are posting...
     
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    All of them!:)
     
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    You guys that like 'all of them' should buy some Chicken of the Sea sardines packed in Thailand in oil sometime......THEN get back to me on that:33: They're huge, mushy, and have some really weird aftertaste going on:eek: Walgreen's has been running them for $.69/can and there are usually four of them in a can.....so mushy that you can't get a whole one out of the can:34:
     
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    Found this interesting. Its a rating and information about 30 brands of sardines. Never heard of some of these brands.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/301739

    And there is a lot of information you can find about sardines and how nutritional the are. Sounds like I ought by a case and lay 'em back for hard times.
     
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    Leave it to the Polocks to screw up a can of Sardines;)
     
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    Checking out the pantry I find a can of Portside Sardines in mustard . This is from the local discount type grocery . You know instead of Campbells soup it has Caskels soup (or something like that .
    Since all this sardine talk has made me hungry I thought Id do my own little taste test .
    Now when I bought those they were like 55 cents a can or something .
    I see on the can they are a product of Canada for Save a Lot stores .
    First of all expiration is 2013 . wow . The can only has 2 pieces looks like about a 10 inch perch or so . Nice and firm nothing wrong with the flavor . Two thumbs up .
     
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    I don't know about the best brand, but the best smelly fish are the ones packed in mustard and on some saltines! :D
     
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    Try Kipper Snacks. Mmmmmm
     
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    Yup, total garbage. Not even sure if I can use them for catfish chum. :26:
     
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    I think King Oscar has the best mustard sardines. They are my favorites by far.
     
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    I must be missing something folks. I can't make myself eat em. When the OP asked which brand was best, I compared it to asking what kind of gunshot wound is best. I can't do any canned fish products.

    I really wish I could. It would make camp food variety better.
     
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    The wife eats them sometimes...guess its time for me to man up and try em lol
     
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    I LOVE kipper snacks! I sautee them with some butter and lemon and eat them with a big ole pile of rice. :4:
     
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    My favorite brand is FREE. Second favorite is SALE. After that I will second the claim for Crown Prince. My understanding is that real sardines are a fish common to the waters around Portugal and most of the fish in sardine cans are just one variety or another of small smelt or immature types of other fish. I've had a couple different brands of the ones packed in Thailand and agree totally with all the negative comments!!!

    Locally I can get mexican sardines that are pretty good. I can get them in a large oval flat can, or in a small round can (packed vertically). Normally in tomato sauce or a bit of oil. Flavorful, generally firm, cans packed full and reasonable priced.
     
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    I love kipper snacks and sardines and even smoked oysters and baby clams.

    Beach Cliff and the polish ones I think are the ones I buy...

    PMZ
     
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    I am good with Kippers in oil.
    Sardines... too many are herring and I don't like them. I like the brisling sardines in oil. Or, either one water packed. Tomato sauce is for spaghetti and mustard is for hot dogs.:56:
     
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    whoa buddy! i am a sardine fiend!! IMHO Matiz is #1 and Angelo Parodi is #2. As an aside the AP makes a sardine with a chili pepper which is actually quite good for something different.

    http://www.matizespana.com/products/7seafood/7b_MatGal_sardines.html

    http://www.amazon.com/Angelo-Parodi-Brand-Portuguese-Sardines/dp/B001UFQ2ME

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0..._m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1X28MCT720BWMB5Z58EB

    and the site of another devotee:

    http://www.sardinesociety.com/
     
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    Sea cliff have always been good .
    Usually I find that if something is selling cheap, there's a reason.
    I prefer them in oil , same with tuna or chicken ,I am funny that way, I want to taste the meat, same with steak, I don't use steak sauce on steak because I want to taste the meat.
     
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    Fresh and not canned.
     
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    I love smoked fishes in cans!

    Seasons Bristling or Sprats in olive oil. Product of Scotland. I order them by the case. Great out of the can! I make warm sardine and kale salad with red onions, shitake, tiny tomatoes, paprika, and crushed red pepper, just throw it all in together until warm and sardines break apart a bit. Or, sardine fried rice with sprouted brown rice, splash of soy, celery, egg.

    Also Bar Harbor, a little more smoke flavor than most. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I have had by them.

    Riga gold = not my thing, some mystery oil that takes days to leave your mouth.
     
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    Costco sells "Season Brand" Sardines in olive oil, and those are pretty good. I buy them every time Costco puts them on sale.
     
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    I usually buy whatever , i guess if you have not had a good one you don't know you've had a bad one ?
     
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    Sardines are herrings
    Sardine is a generic term for various types of herring
     
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    Last sardines I ate were possum brand.

    Need to fix that.
     
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    King Oscar - my fave
     
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    Sardines are kind of in by blood stream. I'm from Bilbao, Spain and they are a very common. Fresh when in season, canned when not.
    As with all food in Spain quality is always taken care of. They were still a couple euros a kilo about a month in the main market.

    Here is the US, other than Spanish brands, I also like King Oscar, specially the ones that are smaller and placed sideways on the can, and of course in olive oil. They are mild and have good texture, although not too much flavor.

    Added a couple pictures of sardines been grilled ( next to monkfish and sea bream), and anchovies about to get eaten.

    Making me hungry...


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    yep, this is my brand. skinless/boneless in olive oil. my dad used to eat kipper snacks for breakfast and stunk the whole house up for days. I also like canned oysters. luv'em...
     
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    I love canned oysters too. Good stuff!
     
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    Crown Prince and King Oscar are my favorites- brisling 2 and 3 layer if I can get them. The Thai and other oriental excuses for canned fish, they can keep. They taste like they are smoked over wet recycled newspaper. Or moldy grass clippings.
     
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    The ones packed in Morocco in olive oil are the best I've tried. They're sold under a few different brands, I get mine at Costco.

    They don't have the nasty stale fish taste that the Polish ones do.
     
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    Season Brand. Skinless, boneless, dead salt, and EVOO. These, in my humble opinion the best tasting, Albert wirg French bread or rice crackers, and are a very solid and sturdy fish for a quick two minute char on the grill without breaking up. Expensive, but equally sturdy are the skin and bones version which I love as well.
     
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    My 7yr old daughter loves them, her Nana gets here the ones from the hippie grocery store that are certified organic, not sure the brand, I'll check when I get home. They looks good, I think they are boneless and skinless also.
     

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