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Posted by: aisling, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 12:21am
I would like to send a big THANK YOU to whoever posted the advice on here about the skinless, boneless, packed in olive oil sardines.  I must admit to some trepidation, but I bought some and had them tonight for dinner and they are wonderful!  So great to find a canned alternative to tuna, another fish to add to the menu!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 12:36am; Reply: 1
;D
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 1:39am; Reply: 2
Yummy skinless, boneless, packed in olive oil sardines!   :P
Posted by: Averno, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 2:15am; Reply: 3
Quoted from aisling
I would like to send a big THANK YOU to whoever posted the advice on here about the skinless, boneless, packed in olive oil sardines.  I must admit to some trepidation, but I bought some and had them tonight for dinner and they are wonderful!  So great to find a canned alternative to tuna, another fish to add to the menu!

Very glad to see I'm not alone here in my love of good sardines!  :K)   If you ever get the opportunity to sample fresh grilled sardines...   :o
Quoted from Averno


The difference between Season brand sardines and the 6 or 7 other brands I've sampled, is night and day. Get the skinless, boneless in olive oil (green and yellow packaging). Taste like really good Italian or Spanish canned tuna in oil. Better.

I eat them every few days with brown rice crackers. Plain out of the tin.  Fabulous!
Posted by: Lin, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 10:37am; Reply: 4
Another sardine lover here also.  I sometimes mix in to soups, and other times use them with salads or veggies.  I always feel healthy when I've had some :)
Lin
Posted by: Averno, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 10:44am; Reply: 5
Quoted from Lin
Another sardine lover here also.  I sometimes mix in to soups, and other times use them with salads or veggies.  I always feel healthy when I've had some :)
Lin


Nothing I eat makes me feel better than sardines. Powerful stuff!
Posted by: prunella, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 4:41pm; Reply: 6
Sardines are so variable.  I have not learned to cook with them, but eat them on compliant toast or crackers.
There is a type of cracker made from almond flour and sesame seeds, recipe by Elana Amsterdam. I have added dulse as a seasoning. Nearly all ingredients are diamonds for me.
I highly recommend the crackers with the particular King Oscar sardines that have black olives.
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 5:26pm; Reply: 7
I buy Crown Prince Skinless and Boneless sardines and don't cook with them.  My favorite way to eat them is a sort of 'salad'.
1 can sardines, drained and mashed
1/2 C frozen green peas, steamed
1 large or 2 small stalks of celery with strings removed;  minced
Other seasonings or vegetables can be added, but this is my "fast food" as it is.

Toss together with 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Posted by: Chloe, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 6:38pm; Reply: 8
http://www.zabars.com/king-of-the-sea-sardines-in-oil/22B6001,default,pd.html

I buy King of the Sea sardines...Nothing tastes better to me.  I eat them right out of the can. :)

or much cheaper here
http://www.rocklandkosher.com/m-242-king-of-the-sea.aspx
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 9:15pm; Reply: 9
King of the Sea sounds like a good company, but I don't like to eat smoked food.  :-/
Posted by: Chloe, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 9:27pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from Victoria
King of the Sea sounds like a good company, but I don't like to eat smoked food.  :-/


WOW, I didn't realize it says lightly smoked on the package...Will have to ask Dina Khader why she chose to sell this brand in her office store given she doesn't generally sell any products that would
be considered toxic.  WIll have to go back to another brand.  Just that the taste of these sardines
was awesome. I don't want to eat smoked food either.  Thanks for pointing this out.
Posted by: Elisabett, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 9:33pm; Reply: 11
I buy Looks Atlantic Sardines, delicious yet they are smoked.. Ingredients just sardines and salt.  I figured if they are smoked over wood that would be alright, probably not though.  They taste clean, don't leave a smoky flavor in my mouth, I don't like that or the added "smoked flavor".
Is smoking a chemical process? Why is it not preferable.. ;) :K)
Posted by: san j, Sunday, September 9, 2012, 11:35pm; Reply: 12
Unfortunately, beneficial as these may be for me, they have never appealed.
Years ago, I solicited suggestions as to best ways of making sardines palatable to those who have not liked them.
Now we've got a new crop of Forum participants - so - since you're all a bunch who loves sardines, please feel free to include recipes for sardines that fit this bill, too, if it's not too much trouble.
Thanks.
Posted by: grey rabbit, Monday, September 10, 2012, 12:51am; Reply: 13
Quoted from san j
Unfortunately, beneficial as these may be for me, they have never appealed.
Years ago, I solicited suggestions as to best ways of making sardines palatable to those who have not liked them.
Now we've got a new crop of Forum participants - so - since you're all a bunch who loves sardines, please feel free to include recipes for sardines that fit this bill, too, if it's not too much trouble.
Thanks.


That would be great. I like the "Wild Planet" brand, but I still have to just dive in and eat them knowing they are good for me, I don't really like them. I've tried all kinds too.
Posted by: purlgirl, Monday, September 10, 2012, 1:00am; Reply: 14
I buy them and forget them - thanks for the reminder to try this Diamond food.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, September 10, 2012, 2:10am; Reply: 15
I'm still searching for what, to me, is the perfect sardine.  What I want is skinless, boneless, unsmoked, packed in Extra Virgin Olive oil and seasoned with sea salt.

Wild Planet is an awesome company that I have great respect for.  I used to buy their wild salmon regularly until I learned to prepare it the way I like it.  I like that their skinless, boneless sardines are packed in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and they use sea salt, but their sardines are smoked.  I don't like the smoke flavor and am also concerned that smoke is carcinogenic.

All the brands in stores around here (and there are many) have something I don't like about them.  They are either smoked, still containing skin and bones, packed in water (too tough and dry for me) avoid oils or regular olive oil, or have table salt added.

Crown Prince is the closest I have found for good tasting, skinless, boneless sardines.  However, they use plain olive oil instead of extra virgin and they use regular salt.  I drain them as thoroughly as I can and add a bit of my own EVOO.
Posted by: Dianne, Monday, September 10, 2012, 4:25am; Reply: 16
Man, I wish that I could eat sardines! They are a diamond for me, but I have such a time digesting them even with enzymes. I do well with my diamonds cod and salmon But...it would be so convenient to pack sardines for camping trips!  :)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, September 10, 2012, 2:43pm; Reply: 17
I buy the Season brand of sardines,skinless and boneless in olive oil, because that's what Costco carries and that makes them the cheapest sardines available. Before I found them at Costco I was buying the kind with skin and bones because those were the cheapest, plus they provide calcium. Now I'm spoiled by the skinless, boneless kind (they ARE tastier.) I eat about 5 cans a week, usually just dumped over a  bed of greens with some other veggies added (usually red onion and avocado) with lemon juice on top.

I've also made sardines into sardine salad by mashing and adding spices (red pepper, dry mustard, onion,  garlic, sometimes dill instead of the mustard) and lots of lemon juice. When eating the kind with bones, I always use that method.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, September 10, 2012, 5:44pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from ruthiegirl
Now I'm spoiled by the skinless, boneless kind (they ARE tastier.) I eat about 5 cans a week, usually just dumped over a  bed of greens with some other veggies added (usually red onion and avocado) with lemon juice on top.

I've also made sardines into sardine salad by mashing and adding spices (red pepper, dry mustard, onion,  garlic, sometimes dill instead of the mustard) and lots of lemon juice. When eating the kind with bones, I always use that method.


Sounds like my kind of "Fast Food", Ruthie!   ;D
Posted by: Poppy, Monday, September 10, 2012, 8:31pm; Reply: 19
I've said this before, sardines make me almost gag. I occasionally eat them out of a sense of duty. To me, the boneless ones are a lot less nutritious. I really have to stick to tuna and fresh or (usually) frozen fish which is a shame.  
Posted by: san j, Monday, September 10, 2012, 8:33pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from Poppy
I've said this before, sardines make me almost gag. I occasionally eat them out of a sense of duty. To me, the boneless ones are a lot less nutritious. I really have to stick to tuna and fresh... fish...

I hear ya, darlin'.  :X ::)

Posted by: chud, Monday, September 10, 2012, 8:33pm; Reply: 21
Great thread aisling, think I'll have some sardines tonight!   ;D

Quoted from Victoria
I buy Crown Prince Skinless and Boneless sardines and don't cook with them.  My favorite way to eat them is a sort of 'salad'.
1 can sardines, drained and mashed
1/2 C frozen green peas, steamed
1 large or 2 small stalks of celery with strings removed;  minced
Other seasonings or vegetables can be added, but this is my "fast food" as it is.

Toss together with 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil


Thanks for the recipe Victoria!
Posted by: san j, Monday, September 10, 2012, 8:37pm; Reply: 22
Quoted from Poppy
I've said this before, sardines make me almost gag. I occasionally eat them out of a sense of duty. To me, the boneless ones are a lot less nutritious. I really have to stick to tuna and fresh or (usually) frozen fish which is a shame.  


Actually - this gives me an idea.
Anyone ever try folding a tiny bit of mashed sardine into a tuna salad?
Then - maybe next time adding a touch more sardine if it was well tolerated?
That sorta thing... :-/

Posted by: Seraffa, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 1:46am; Reply: 23
There's a whole website called "the Sardine Diet" out there now....plenty of tasty recepies including pizza....just google

I have to kiss my nice, cheap smoked sardines and smoked kippers goodbye now. I love smoked kippers but don't want to have to make my body work a whole 24 hours just to process the delectable carcinogen flavor out of me...........

I like to buy frozen whole sardines and bake them with just a little cooking spray!
The fat they render is negligible compared to Trout. HOWEVER most frozen sardines are not gutted! DO NOT COOK WITH LIVERS INTACT people in your house will puke after the baking is done, and you may as well throw the fish to the cats it will be so incredibly smellsome and mess up the flavor of the flesh.
Posted by: Averno, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 1:51am; Reply: 24
Yikes!  Seraffa, thanks for the warning. :P
Posted by: san j, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5:10am; Reply: 25
http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Here-s-how-to-finesse-those-fishy-sardines-2355167.php

Found this.
Personally, I surrender. Vanquished by the sardine (and mackerel, too).
But for those still striving, try the tips in the above article.
Posted by: Poppy, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 11:55am; Reply: 26
I suppose I could add some sardine to the tuna, but I  might end up wasting some of the can of sardines. I'll have to think about that, but thanks San J!!
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 3:54pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from Seraffa
HOWEVER most frozen sardines are not gutted! DO NOT COOK WITH LIVERS INTACT people in your house will puke after the baking is done, and you may as well throw the fish to the cats it will be so incredibly smellsome and mess up the flavor of the flesh.

If you forget to take the liver out of a turkey before baking, the meat will all smell and taste like liver too...  
Posted by: SquarePeg, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 9:12pm; Reply: 28
I like King Oscar brand.  I get the ones packed in EVOO.  They are "double-layer" and wood smoked.  However, they are not skinless or boneless.  I do go through spells where I detest eating them.  But then after a while I get a strong hankering for them again.

Personally, I think the bones are the best part.  I like the sensation of crushing the bone, especially those big vertebra found in canned salmon.  Must be the relentless type o carnivore in me.
Posted by: Averno, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 2:03am; Reply: 29
Quoted from SquarePeg
Personally, I think the bones are the best part.  I like the sensation of crushing the bone, especially those big vertebra found in canned salmon.  Must be the relentless type o carnivore in me.


SquarePeg, I think we just lost any potential converts. :D
Posted by: chud, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 2:32am; Reply: 30
Quoted from ruthiegirl
I buy the Season brand of sardines,skinless and boneless in olive oil, because that's what Costco carries and that makes them the cheapest sardines available.


I bought some of these today at CostCo (Season brand Sardines in Olive Oil) and they are GOOD!  
Posted by: Averno, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 2:36pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from chud


I bought some of these today at CostCo (Season brand Sardines in Olive Oil) and they are GOOD!  


;D ;D ;D
Posted by: Louise, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 5:24pm; Reply: 32
good to find this post - I've been off for while and just wanted to check back in and get back in line with my Swami-fied eating. Had added a few avoids and well....see the effects...  SO - I bought some sardines and they are sitting in my cabinet....waiting, and waiting for me to try them. So thanks for all the thoughts and suggestions on this thread!  
Posted by: whitescorpion, Saturday, September 15, 2012, 5:19pm; Reply: 33
Thanks to Averno, I thinj it was, for the recommendation of the Season sardines in EVVO. I thought they would taste fishy but no. They are delicious with a little sliced onion. I could eat tuna 7 days a week the these sardines are just as tasty to me. As an AB my choices for protein are limited, so they are another good protein source.    
Posted by: san j, Monday, September 17, 2012, 12:05am; Reply: 34
Funny:
I was working with sardines today - thought I'd do some experimenting.
I got to a place of "understanding" them, more about them, the "concept".
They are very, very heavy. So heavy that, if you want to lighten up, you switch to eating slices of cheese! :D
They have a pronounced taste that, when I added tons of garlic, made me think of clam sauce, as one uses with linguine.
But here's the funny part - I was placing a ceramic bowl with a mashed sardine salad into the fridge for a second marinade-chilling, when I dropped the bowl and broke it. No, it didn't "shatter and scatter" - Two pieces of the bowl simply broke off.
But that was my excuse to say, "Okay, enough. I'll have the cheese instead," and the bowl and contents found their way into the trash.

Maybe I'd use sardines the same way I'd use anchovies: As an essence only. Though I do not care for anchovies, I like a mild anchovy flavor, for instance, in a Caesar dressing. Sardine essence can flavor a cioppino. I'd say that anyone for whom clams/clam juice are an Avoid might consider using sardines/sardine essence to add a major oceanic taste to a dish and still remain compliant.  :-/
Posted by: gulfcoastguy, Monday, September 17, 2012, 12:24am; Reply: 35
How about rice noodle pasta with sardines? Don't know what else to put in it yet. I did buy a can of skineless headless ones in olive oil today. Got to get back to the sweetpotatoes cooking in olive oil, onion, sweet and hot peppers, salt and granulated garlic(forgot to buy fresh).
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