Wednesday, July 11, 2012

RIGA GOLD- 67


RIGA GOLD: SMOKED IN OLIVE OIL

APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Calories- 110
Fat Calories- 90
Total Fat-10g
Sat. Fat- 3g
Cholesterol- 18mg
Sodium- 165mg
Protein- 5g


PRODUCT OF:
Lativia

INGREDIENTS:
Smoked Sprats, Canola Oil, Salt

PRICE:

OVER ALL:
A very attractive tin of fish. A smokey aroma hits you on opening; a great textured fish, lovely smoke flavor(almost a charred smoke). 25 little fish to the tin. These little guys are just exploding with flavor. Their tails are still attached, tails are a little dry, jerky like texture, like a chip without the crunch. salt is very prominent. No after taste, just a clean crisp taste of goodness. A great tin of fish, I will be eating these again. I give these guys a strong 5 sardine rating.





RIGA GOLD: SPRATS IN OIL




APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Cal- 285
Total Fat- 26g
Cholesterol- 30mg
Sodium- 300mg
Potassium- 152mg
Protein- 12g


PRODUCT OF:
Lativia



INGREDIENTS:
Smoked Sprats, Vegetable Oil, Salt

PRICE:


OVER ALL:
Slight difference to the can. These guys are smoked too, only they left that part out on the header. Same as above. Would and will eat again. Thirty fish to the tin. These guys get 5 sardines.

As Ralph Henry stated in his blog, he really sums these tins' up. "If you have never had Russian smoked sardines, you have not lived a full life and your wife should be scolded."


9 comments:

  1. Awesome reviews. You have to try Rugenfisch Smoked Kieler Sprats, they are delicious!

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    1. Thank you. I will add them to my too acquire list. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  2. I just found these in local shop here in Hallandale Beach, Florida

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    1. Enjoy. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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  3. They are good. Very good.

    BUT (some of you are going to hate me for this), the nutritional information is per portion size of 80g and the can is 160g. This means that the can has 52g of fat (daily value 80%) and of that, well the label is broken down like this:

    Fat 26g............................40%...(52g & 80% per can)
    ----------------------------------------------
    saturated 4.4g............................(8.8g per can)
    + trans.............................22%...(44% per can)
    monosaturated 10g.....................(20g per can - this is the good fat)
    ----------------------------------------------
    So the gram count doesn't seem to quite add up. Is the missing 23.2g per can the trans?
    I think the 44% daily value per can is the saturated + trans, as other sardines usually list the monosaturated fat separately so you can probably do the math. Whatever it is it's pretty big.

    It's a shame really, I could easily go through a couple of cans per week but I definitely try to avoid trans in products. :(

    Also, I'm in Canada and heard that the FDA is moving to ban trans in the States. Some of you may want to stock up now so you can enjoy these things on special occasions (and in moderation of course).

    BTW, I think that 'portion size' thingy is a nasty trick that most consumers are not aware of. I've seen products packaged as a single serving that have well over 100% of the healthy daily salt - 'cup of noodles' or whatever it's called comes to mind.

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    1. AFAIK Net weight excludes the container but includes the oil (or water) the product is packed in sooo.... if you drain these beautiful little fish your trans fat consumption goes to almost zero. You'd also adjust the nutritional data down by the amount of soya oil you drain off.

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  4. Just found these in a jar at my local fish merchant here in Auckland New Zealand. I am a true sardine lover having gorged myself in every tinned variety i can find and fresh when working abroad. This new jarred smoked variety is top of my local availability list.

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  5. Thank you for doing this web site! I tried the RIGA GOLD and they are awesome. Just a note of warning. RIGA sells a very similar round can that is not GOLD. I order them think I was getting a good deal. My bad. Now wonder they are cheaper. Avoid the non-gold sprats. I would give them two sardines. I ate what I ordered but was very disappointed.

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  6. King Oscar double layer was out of stock so I tried a jar of Riga Gold sardines here in The Bronx. Absolutely delightful! Wonderful smooth texture almost silky, excellent smoked flavor. Wow these are good! Plus twice as many handsomely trimmed fishes
    in the jar as opposed to the aluminum tin. A great value. Thank you Latvia!!!

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