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.
Beach Cliff is in practically every store here. I picked some up a few weeks ago and just noshed on them tonight. Very good. The can says product of Poland; I got the variety in Louisiana Hot Sauce and it was surprisingly hot.
Shoulda had a plate of hot rice to eat them with, maybe some red beans!
I don’t remember ever trying them before.
For canned salmon, I’ve been getting Wild for Salmon, a small family owned Alaska/Pennsylvania company. They mostly do sockeye, also available as frozen and smoked but also have other products. We discovered them at farmers’ markets in eastern PA but they also do online sales. Well, at least until the EPA allows Pebble Mine to destroy the fisheries.
After reading a few sustainability rankings for sardines and tuna, I get Wild Planet which is in many supermarkets.
Mark Bittman calls it ‘seafood charcuterie’ and if you can lay your hands on the good stuff you’ll find good eating afoot. The Basque country of Spain has pintxo bars that exist solely to sell tinned seafood and wine (mixed with Pepsi from time to time)
Love sardines, kippers and other canned fish. Not surprising, they were left on shelves when everything else was gone. I bought 2 of every variety and they’re in my garage. Rations if need be.
Try dicing them up with a little onion and tomato and rolling it up with hot sauce (or the hot sauce variety) in a heated flour tortilla. It’s an easy and very good tasting snack…. or meal.
Thanks for the tips. I didn’t pay any attention to the canned meat aisle the two times I’ve been to the grocery lately. I’m saving some octopi and scallops for a Mexican coktel – Vuelva a la Vida, the ‘return to life’ seafood cocktail. Have to save up my monies to buy some fresh oysters; they’re expensive little buggers these days.
Have any favorite brands of kippers?
We’ve also gotten canned seafood from La Tienda, an online shop of Spanish foods. They have a store and very good restaurant in Williamsburg, VA.
A snack we’ve served when entertaining is a simple sardine sandwich, which we discovered at a bar in Philadelphia called The American Sardine Bar. Tasty little two bite treat for $2 each. Once, we had 40 people at a boat-warming party and made a few thinking that guests might think “yuk.” Turned out I couldn’t make them fast enough.
Crusty baguette, sliced rounds
Remoulade or dijonaise
Sliced hard boiled egg.
That sandwich sounds good but I’m short on supplies to put it together right now.
Thanks for the tip on La Tienda, too.
The article is a couple of years old but keeps showing up in one of my feeds. So before they resort to sending someone over to my house to break my legs I thought I’d go ahead and post it.
I found the recipes interesting; I don’t recognize any of the brands of sardines pictured from my visits to the grocery stores.
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