Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DELAMARIS- 86

DELAMARIS: IN SOYBEAN OIL


APPEARANCE:


NUTRITION:
Calories: 330
Fat Calories: 270
Total Fat: 30g
Cholesterol: 85mg
Sodium: 490mg
Protein: 16g

PRODUCT OF: 
Slovenia

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Soybean Oil, Salt


PRICE:
2.49

OVER ALL:
A very faint oil aroma upon opening. Five patchy scaled fish to the tin. A very soft textured fish, the fish falls to pieces while removing from tin. A slight after taste, not a fishy one, more of a cooler one: like an apple that's been in a cooler too long. not a spiny fish: scales not noticeable  Not sure if I would eat again. 2 Sardines.







DELAMARIS: IN OLIVE OIL

APPEARANCE:


NUTRITION:

Calories: 310
Fat Calories: 270
Total Fat: 34g
Cholesterol: 70mg
Sodium: 460mg
Protein: 14g


PRODUCT OF: 
Slovenia

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, OLIVE Oil, Salt


PRICE:
2.89

OVER ALL:
Six patchy scaled fish to the tin. A slightly soft textured fish, no fishy taste or after taste at all. A clean tasting fish, scales are not noticeable: not a spiny tin. I would eat again. 3 1/2 Sardines



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

RAMIREZ- 85

RAMIREZ: SPICED IN VEGETABLE OIL



APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Calories- 247,8
Protein- 21,9g

PRODUCT OF: 
Portugal

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, vegetable Oil, Chill i Pepper, Salt

PRICE:

OVER ALL:

Three plump scaled fish to the tin, a faint oil aroma upon opening. Wild fish is printed on the back of the tin. Scales are not to noticeable  a little heat is detectable ti the fish. A meaty tin of fish. No after taste, only a slight heat is left behind.A very faint off taste is present, when finished off with crackers taste was not present. An oil taste perhaps. One large chill i pod in bottom of tin. I may would eat again. 3 1/2 sardines









RAMIREZ: SPICED IN TOMATO SAUCE


APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Calories- 159,8
Protein- 16,1g

PRODUCT OF: 
Portugal

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato, Vegetable Oil, Chill i Pepper, Salt

PRICE:

OVER ALL:
No aroma upon opening, three plump scaled fish to the tin. A very watery tomato sauce, almost a stew type flavor, heat is not detected, one long pepper to the tin. A fishy taste hits you, then disperses as quickly as it hits. Salt is prominent in this tin, a slight sour taste is present. Probably would not eat again. 1/2 sardine.





RAMIREZ: IN OLIVE OIL


APPEARANCE:





NUTRITION:
Calories- 227,5 kcal/948ks
Protein- 22,7gg


PRODUCT OF: 
Portugal

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive, Salt

PRICE:

OVER ALL:
Oil, fish aroma upon opening. Two large, scaled fish to the tin. A very meaty fish, scales not noticeable  no fishy taste; not spiny; salt is noticeable. A clean tasting fish. I would eat again. 5 sardines.






RAMIREZ:





APPEARANCE:




NUTRITION:
Calories- 80
Protein- 8g
Fat Calories- 48
Total Fat- 6g
Cholesterol- 27mg
Sodium- 110mg



PRODUCT OF: 
Portugal

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato Sauce,  Olive Oil, Salt

PRICE:
1.69

OVER ALL:
A very faint tomato aroma upon opening. Three, scaled fish to the tin. A roe filled fish. A watery tasting sauce; the fish is a bland tasting fish, almost watery tasting too. A soft textured fish. Fish does not hold its shape well. Not spiny, no strong taste or after taste. Just blandness. (it needs help) Would not again, alone. 1 1/2 sardines.






SULTAN -84

SULTAN: SKINLESS &BONELESS IN OLIVE OIL




APPEARANCE:


NUTRITION:
serv size 1/2 can
Calories- 200
Total Fat-16g
Sat. Fat- 4.5g
Cholesterol- 40mg
Sodium- 1000mg
Protein- 12g

PRODUCT OF: 
Morocco

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive Oil, Salt

PRICE:


OVER ALL:
No aroma upon opening. Four fish to the tin. A soft textured fish, a very succulent fish, not a dry fish, for being skinless boneless.. No strong taste or after. Reminds me of a good tuna cut, than a tin of sardines. If you or someone you know are still on the fence about sardines; try or suggest these. (not a traditional tin, but yo gotta start somewhere) I would eat again 5 Sardines.  (The sodium content is outrageous for this tin)






SULTAN: IN OLIVE OIL WITH CHILI PEPPERS




APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Calories- 220
Calorie from fat- 170
Total Fat-19g
Sat. Fat- 19g
Cholesterol- 25mg
Sodium- 260mg
Protein- 10g

PRODUCT OF: 
Morocco

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive Oil, Chillies

PRICE:
1.49

OVER ALL:
A very unique aroma upon opening, almost a burnt rubber aroma. Three plump, scaled fish to the tin. Heat is detectable in this tin. A roe filled fish, Roe is very dry, gritty texture. Chilli pods are large in this tin, one pod is almost the length of the sardines. Scales are very noticeable in this tin. The fish posses an almost sweet after tone to them. A bitter taste hits you while eating. Further inspection shows these fish were not purged well. Contents remain inside., giving it the sour taste. A nice heat. I probably would not eat again. 1 Sardine.










SULTAN: WITH TOMATO SAUCE AND HOT PEPPERS

APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:

Calories- 110
Calorie from fat- 60
Total Fat-7g
Sat. Fat- 3.5g
Cholesterol- 35mg
Sodium- 280mg
Protein- 11g


PRODUCT OF: 
Morocco

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato Sauce, Hot Peppers

PRICE:
1.69

OVER ALL:
A deep tomato aroma when opened. Three plump, scaled fish to the tin. A roe filled fish, first bite was very grainy, innards all full of green goodness  Scales are not to noticeable  other than visual. No heat is detected, chilli pod is present. A really bland tin of fish, does not hold up on flavor by its self. Not a tin to eat alone, on toast or a dish perhaps. I may would eat again. 1 1/2 Sardine

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ADRIATIC SEA- 83

ADRIATIC SEA: IN OIL WITH LEMON

APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Calories- 322
Total Fat- 29g
Sat. Fat- 5,0 g
Cholesterol- 85 mg

PRODUCT OF: 
Croatia

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines (Sardina Pilchardus) Oil, Salt, lemon

PRICE:
1.99

OVER ALL:
Strong oil, lemon flavor aroma is very prominent when tin was opened  Five fish to the tin, all posses their scales. Scales are not noticeable  a roe filled fish. The lemon flavor is very prominent; a slice from the side of a lemon with peel, and another slice for good measure.  The lemon adds a good balance, doesn't over power the fish. Not spiny, no fishy taste or after taste.  I would eat again. 4 Sardines.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

KALLONI- 82

KALLONI: PIQUANT


APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
serving size-5
Calories- 15
Total Fat- 1.5g
Protein- 4g

PRODUCT OF: 
Greece

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Chili Peppers


PRICE:
1.99

OVER ALL:
( On the back of the box it reads, Product of Greece -sterilized. As opposed to not sterilized? Would they taste different? )A very faint oil aroma when tin was popped. Nine fish to the tin, with a dark chili. The fish has patches of scales. Not a strong tasting fish, nor spiny. A bit salty, chill i heat is almost undetectable. The fish does not hold it's shape while removing from tin. No fishy aftertaste. I would eat again. 4 Sardines.



Monday, October 15, 2012

JOSE GOURMET -81

JOSE GOURMET: IN TOMATO SAUCE

APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Calories- 220
Protein- 19g
Fat- 16g
Cholesterol- 53mg
Sodium- 0,22g
Calcium- 416mg

PRODUCT OF: 
Portugal

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato, Salt

PRICE:

OVER ALL:
Love the art to these tins, the art is what caught my eye on these. I'm sure I paid double for what they generally go for. These are distributed by Jose Gourmet each tin packaging of their canned foods have a separate piece of art drawn for the cover.

 Here is the description to this tin.
A certain sardine wanted to transform itself into a tomato. The transformation was done, however it lost its entire aroma and did not find its red and plain appearance to be very charming. So it decided to go back to its original form and invited the tomato over to converse: conversation about conservation.
 Illustration Marta Madureira

Upon opening the tin, I was disappointed upon first look, I thought they were like your typical scaled sardines you find from Portugal; I was wrong. A slight fishy tomato aroma upon opening, three large scaled fish to the tin, the scales are not noticeable at all; salt is prominent yet not to over powering. A very meaty fish, a nice texture, sauce has a very good flavor, good consistency,  the sauce really compliments the fish. No fishy taste or after taste. A mild tasting fish, A delightfully surprising good tin of fish. They leave you craving more. I would and will eat again. Just have to locate some more now. If you know of where these can be ordered or found in the states, drop me a line. 5 sardines.



JOSE GOURMET: IN OLIVE OIL WITH LEMON



APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Calories- 249
Protein- 24g
Fat- 17g
Cholesterol- 60mg
Sodium- .37g
Calcium- 376mg

PRODUCT OF: 
Portugal

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive Oil, Lemon, Salt

PRICE:

OVER ALL:
 Here is the description to this tin.

A lemon and a sardine fell in love. She would visit him on land and he would go see her at sea. Passion rhymes with sardine and lemon. And it is proven that sardine is good for the heart…one that is passionate.
 Illustration Inês Oliveira


A very faint lemon aroma upon opening. Three large scaled sardines to the tin. Scales are not noticeable  A very meaty fish. A very faint lemon flavor to the fish, not over powering at all, nice compliment to the fish. A very good textured fish. No fishy taste or after taste. Not a spiny fish at all.  A clean tasting fish. This tin leaves you craving more. I would and will eat again. 5 strong sardines.








So what do you do with the box tops? You turn them into Sardine decor. 

ISLANDS FINEST- 80

ISLANDS FINEST: SMOKED IN SOYBEAN OIL



APPEARANCE:


NUTRITION:
N/A

PRODUCT OF: 
Thailand

INGREDIENTS:
Soybean oil, Salt, Smoked Flavor

PRICE:
.69-1.00

OVER ALL:

 (Islands finest? Must be from New Moore Island) A very deep smoke aroma upon opening, almost a imitation bacon bit aroma. "Scary" A very messy appearance  Appears to be four fish to the tin, with a pile of scales and bones piled in the corner of the tin. looks as if a seagull has regurgitated into the tin. the fish just crumbles while removing from tin. Smoke flavor taste, not to strong. The fish, has a bad texture, an almost gritty quality to it. it's almost mush quality, these had to of been made for a spread, or just to make a $ . No fishy taste, only a slight smoke after taste. I would not eat again. No Sardines.



Sunday, October 7, 2012

Maine Sardines

I came across a sardine use and preparation booklet awhile back. 





I'm not much on sardines being in recipes. Honestly, the occasional sandwich or on toast is about as fancy as I get. Straight from the tin with crackers is my sardine dining choice. After seeing that the booklet was published in 1952, the height of sardines' popularity, I was in a weir. I love old literature from the 50's, when snake oil was still snake oil. A brief flip through the booklet has some info; then it opens up to sardine recipes, lots of sardine recipes. I have decided to use every recipe and post pics of them in the recipe section. Since every recipe calls for Maine sardines, and since Maine is no longer canning sardines, I'll venture up North and use some from Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick Canadian cannery. * Some of the fish they can are from Maine* . As I opened the booklet, I came across a little intro from the governor of Maine, congratulating everyone who has the opportunity to receive this booklet. Then I see a line that has 1950's all over it: “We would like to see them used to best advantage by every housewife in America.”  There is even a page entitled “The Woman’s Touch.”  It points out that all women who work in the cannery are “immaculately uniformed.”  No provocative or sloppy dress in that cannery!  Yet the picture caption reads 




Reading through the list of preparation ideas, the wording is great.  My favorite suggestion reads “Bachelors’ Budget Snack.” 

Remember, whether you like it or not.



Other sections and suggestions have the wonderful 50’s drawings to coincide with the suggestions.  

One reads “Sports Special.”  How convenient it is to just eat sardines straight from the can at a sports event. But, “If the gal friend objects to such informality, take along a bunch of sandwiches as per suggestions on preceding pages.” (Now will the gal friend have a copy of this booklet?  By giving a gal friend a copy of this, and she reads the housewife bit, will she think, ‘you want to go steady or even play on a promise ring?’  Oh poor gal friend.  Would the gal friend make the sandwiches, or would the guy’s mom make them for him?  I can’t help but picture June Cleaver making sardine sandwiches for Walley’s gal friend.)
        


   Other suggestions are:

·         Picnic Perkups: The star of every picnic. (While 
dating my wife, we did a lot of picnicking, and we still do, but if I had brought a tin of sardines for her to a picnic, well, I just don’t know!)
·         Refrigerator Raids: It suggests sardines for a bedtime snack.
·         Rod ‘n’ Gun Refreshers:  Every hunter and fisherman should have a tin available. (There’s no mention of tree huggers!)
·         Card Party Snacks:  At the next card game, be sure to serve sardines.  (I must say, we have friends who play cards on a regular basis, and I have seen a particular lady mix up sardines for a card playing snack, so I can relate.)
·         School Set Snack Spread: “After school, when hungry moppets are homeward bound in search of more than higher education…”  (How many moppets in today’s America are going to ask for a tin of sardines?  Most are ruined on over processed crap!)
·         Radio-TV Treats:  It suggests sandwiches during radio and TV time.
·         Lunchbox Specials:  “These will please the palate of Junior and his father.”

Every other page shows pictures of prepared sardine dishes.  I love the old picture set up of the dishes.  Nothing like today’s food dish set ups.  Those just make you feel all “Leave it to Beaver” not “Sex and the City.”  A life less rushed where families sat down for dinner and didn't eat on the fly.







One page mentions the variety of pure salad oils and 
sauces that sardines were packed in at that time.
·         Soybean oil
·         Mustard sauce
·         Olive oil
·         Peanut oil
·         Cotton seed oil
·         Tomato sauce
I’ve never tried or seen sardines in peanut or cottonseed 
oil.  I see that hot sauce was not mentioned in this booklet.  I’m curious as to when sardines in hot sauce made its debut.  Do you know?  It does mention sardines in tomato sauce.  At the bottom of each page that the recipes are on are little info sentences.  Each one begins with “Maine sardines have/will/provides etc.” 

                            Some of my favorite are. 
                             Straight teeth?  Who knew?



Maine sardines contain Vitamin A, which maintains healthy skin and night sight. (They turn you into a vampire).

A list of a few things they say eating Maine Sardines will help:
·         Builds and repairs body tissues (high quality protein)
·         Normal functioning of digestive and nervous systems (Niacin)
·         For good red blood (Iron)
·         General physical well being (Vitamin B2)
·         Prevents simple goiters (Iodine)
·         Twice as much lime as fresh milk
·         Promotes steady nerves
·         Improves digestion (Vitamin B1)
·         Low cost protein



I believe the first recipe I will try will be sardines on toast or a sandwich.