I like canned shellfish (smoked oysters, clams etc.) but most of the varieties I see in the stores come from waters/countries that give me pause because of things like pollution, environmental/sustainability practices and the like.
It was a sad time in 2010 when Stinson’s Seafood (Prospect Harbor, Me) closed it’s doors as it was the last Sardine Cannery in the USA. It was @ 4 mile from my Parent’s (and mine in years past) house. My Dad would always make sure no matter where I was living in the US, I had plenty of Stinson’s premium “Neptune” w/ hot chile Sardines and Smoked Kippers. I miss them and my Parents dearly.
Sorry for you losses. Never heard of Stinson’s down here, wish I had.
I’ve had a time trying to appreciate the appeal of tinned sardines. They’re common in Mexican and Central American markets here, the usual brands you’d find in mainstream markets, and I’ve tried but they don’t impress me.
A poster on Chowhound a few years ago, before CBS gutted it, was trying to sample as many brands as she could and Spanish and Portuguese brands dominated the top of her lists. I found an Angelo Parodi she recommended (from Portugal) but its greatness eluded me. I have found the Sultan brand from Morocco to be the best sardines I’ve had but they aren’t common in markets here. I have to drive quite a distance to a Turkish market to get them.
Asian markets are big on canned fish varieties, too.
Beech Cliff was Stinson’s mainstreet brand (which is still produced-not in Maine-owned now by Bumble Bee, who bought the name) they were larger..the La Dee Da line was Neptune which came in it’s own outer box over the can.
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