Sunday, November 24, 2013

National Sardines Day 2013



Happy National Sardines Day all you sardine eaters! 

What's your plans for National Sardines Day? Eating exotic tins, a favorite tin perhaps, venturing out to an unknown tin? 

In honor of National Sardines Day and the generous sardine eaters I've met this year, I've decided to give sardines.  I purchased 24 tins of "Nice" brand sardines and donated them to our local food bank.  




Since most people's first sardine memory is eating a tin with their father or grandfather, share a tin today with someone and create a fond memory for someone. Just receiving a free tin could brighten someone's day.

Wishing everyone a great National Sardines Day!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

BON APPETIT- 119

BON APPETIT: IN OLIVE OIL



APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Calories- 120
Fat- 70
Total Fat- 7g
Sat Fat- 2g
Cholesterol- 20mg
Sodium- 300mg
Protein- 12g

PRODUCT OF:
Portugal

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive Oil, Salt

PRICE:
1.99



OVER ALL:
A faint oil, sardine aroma upon opening. Two large fish to the tin. A very meaty fish; a mild tasting fish; no fishy taste or after taste. A tad spiny. A firm textured fish. Even being large fish, the flavor is good.  I would eat again 5 sardines.
                





BON APPETIT: SKINLESS & BONELESS IN OLIVE OIL



APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Calories- 120
Fat- 70
Total Fat- 7g
Sat Fat- 3,0g
Cholesterol- 20mg
Sodium- 0,3g
Protein- 12g

PRODUCT OF:
Portugal

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive Oil, Salt

PRICE:
1.99




OVER ALL:


A very faint oil aroma upon opening. A juicy sardine, not dry as most S&B sardines are. (these are skinless, not boneless) salt is very prominent in this tin. A flavorful fish, very mild. No fishy taste or after. A good textured fish, not  rubbery, nor soft. I would eat again.
         

     





BON APPETIT: IN HOT TOMATO SAUCE




APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Calories- 120
Fat- 20
Total Fat- 5g
Sat Fat- 1g
Cholesterol- 10mg
Sodium- 240mg
Protein- 13g

PRODUCT OF:
Portugal

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato, Vegetable Oil, Chilli Pepper

PRICE:
1.99




OVER ALL:
No strong aroma upon opening. A very subtle tomato aroma. Three fish to the tin. A very meaty fish, tomato sauce has a faint tart taste to it on first bite. Not a spiny fish. sauce blends well with the fish. No fishy taste or after. I would eat again. 5 sardines.









BON APPETIT: IN HOT SAUCE



APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Calories- 120
Fat- 20
Total Fat- 5g
Sat Fat- 1g
Cholesterol- 10mg
Sodium- 240mg
Protein- 13g

PRODUCT OF:
Portugal

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Vegetable oil, Chilli

PRICE:
1.99



OVER ALL:
A faint sardine and oil aroma upon opening. Three large, scaled fish to the tin. A very mild tasting fish. Scales are not noticeable  Two nice sized chillis in the tin; adds a nice even, subtle heat to the fish. Not a spiny fish. They are a roe filled fish; roe not detectable. They posses a medium texture, they hold their shape well. A flavorful tin of fish. I will eat again. 5 Sardines.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vintage 32 year old tin...


Aged sardines










 Most sardines for sale here in the States are a couple of months old at best, if even that. The French are into aging their sardines, like a good wine. Aging does show in the the flavor and taste of the fish. Here's a great site, "Sardine Pirates," should you not be able to find French sardines. 
I've had four year- and eight year- old tins of fish before. When I came across this vintage tin of 32 years, I knew I had to try it(even knowing it was not aged properly).

This tin was packaged in Portugal in January of 1981, and it was exported to France, where it stayed until it was shipped here to the States after I acquired them. The"best by date" is Sept. of 1986; they sold the tin to me as a collector item only and not for consumption. Inspecting the tin, there was no tin swelling or any signs of seal breakage; I knew I would eat these. 

Being a vintage tin, naturally they required a key that did not accompany this tin. With no key on hand, I decided to enter the tin from the bottom. With can opener and knife in tow, I was finally able to free these fish. I was expecting a can of mush or worse. A faint sardine aroma was very prominent upon opening the tin. I dumped the fish onto a plate. They were very much firm and held together. There was only maybe a tablespoon or two of oil present. The inside of the actual tin itself looked good: a thick metal tin.  



Slowly breaking the cluster of fish apart to get a better look, none of the fish fell apart or turned to goo.

I pondered on what to eat with these vintage treats--aged cheese, pickled sides of sorts, etc. I decided on my norm: beer and crackers. I did use ale and a fancy cracker. 





My first bite was (I was expecting the worse, sourness, mush, bitterness, instant death- nothing-)a very mild, firm textured fish, yes firm... To be this old and to possess a better texture than most present day tins of fish is really sad. (They don't make them like they use to). The oil was really mellow and thick. The fish did posses a very faint tin after taste, possibly from not being aged properly and being turned periodically. There were six uniformed size fish to the tin; all six had the same consistency. They were a firm textured fish. While eating, bones were not detectable at all. The fish were dense in texture, as well.




A truly unique tin of fish. The flavor of the fish was not a fish one, but a deep nutty, almost sweet flavor. In the end, I would eat these again. At $53, I feel I got an excellent deal. 



I would like to thank all the sardine eaters out there who messaged me their concerns and well wishes, while my family and friends only informed me, "it was nice knowing you."

While a 32 year-old tin of fish may not be your thing, if you have never tried aged sardines, you owe it to your self to pick up and try a tin. Or, age your own. Age a tin for a year or two, and check out the difference. Olive oil is the medium of choice for aging. 


I'm off to pop some new tins...