Sardines? Love, hate, or tolerate them?

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    Oct 17, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    Reading the many redeeming nutritional properties of sardines and appreciating their extreme portability, I bought a dozen tins of sardines packed in spring water.

    Unfortunately, after the first bite, I realize the texture turns me off, especially the crunchy bones. I am not fond of the taste either. I'm trying to eat them nonetheless, in part because they're reputed to be good for me and today because they're all I have on me. They remind me of childhood experience with my mom making me eat frozen lima beans in cream sauce.

    As I try to force them down wedged between my flax seed bread, I wonder if any of you enjoy sardines? If so, do you have any secrets to make them more palatable?
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    Oct 17, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    get the 1s in mustard or chile. add some multi-grain crackers, cheese, a side of apples or grapes, and it's a complete, simple, nutritious, economical meal.
  • LJay

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    Oct 17, 2011 11:55 PM GMT
    For the plain ones, mustard and/or fresh black pepper and/or lemon juice can be good condiments. I don't know why, but I prefer them on something crunchy, like toast or crackers, than soft bread. Toasted rye is good.

    A tin of sardines is, as tailgater 3 says, part of a very sound lunch.

    Try to find some skinless and boneless ones. They are pretty much the top of the heap.
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    Oct 17, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    Yack. I can't stand the smellicon_neutral.gif
  • austex85

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    Oct 18, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
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    Brisling sardines are delicious. I usually eat it as a post-workout snack.
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    Oct 18, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    partouse saidReading the many redeeming nutritional properties of sardines and appreciating their extreme portability, I bought a dozen tins of sardines packed in spring water.

    Unfortunately, after the first bite, I realize the texture turns me off, especially the crunchy bones. I am not fond of the taste either. I'm trying to eat them nonetheless, in part because they're reputed to be good for me and today because they're all I have on me. They remind me of childhood experience with my mom making me eat frozen lima beans in cream sauce.

    As I try to force them down wedged between my flax seed bread, I wonder if any of you enjoy sardines? If so, do you have any secrets to make them more palatable?




    I love them as part of my Paleo Diet but the one's packed in
    water are gross. I like the one's packed in oil and just like everything else the quality varies. Better quality are smaller like 6 to a can. The cheaper are larger . With the larger sardines the bones etc are more of an issue.
  • dancedancekj

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    Oct 18, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    Ways I enjoy sardines

    1. Battered and deep fried (probably not what you're looking for)
    2. Served with teriyaki sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds
    3. Sardine "sushi" - you can treat it like salmon or tuna and roll it up in a maki roll.
    4. Sardine "ceviche" - Chunks of sardine soaked with lime juice, red onion, cilantro, and tomato, served with tortilla chips
    5. Sardine "tuna" salad - I prefer mine with curry powder, apples, raisins and walnuts.

    If you can get fresh sardines from the fishmonger, you can also grill them with olive oil and salt, served with a wedge of lemon.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Oct 18, 2011 1:21 AM GMT
    I don't care for them and neither do my cats!
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    Oct 18, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    I like 'em, but get the ones in mustard sauce. Then I add ketchup. Actually quite good and very healthy
  • dancedancekj

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    Oct 18, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    The best fish you can eat, really. Healthy wild population (no danger of overfishing), low levels of PCBs and mercury, high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, cheap, and keeps for a very long time.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Oct 18, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    Disgusting. I puke looking at them.
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    Oct 18, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    Even though I spent all my summers as a kid on the Jersey Shore, with its plentiful local bluefish, I have always hated the taste of strong, fishy-tasting fish. Sardines, anchovies, herring, bluefish, mackerel, fish eggs of any type, sea urchin... all are repulsive to me.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 18, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    i do not hate them nor do i like them. but they are a excellent source of omega 8
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    Oct 18, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    With Mustard on good crackers! YUM!

    Why ketchup .. it has HFCS.. belch.! icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 18, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    I love them all.
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    Oct 18, 2011 3:27 AM GMT
    LOVEEEE Sardines!!!

    Reese is by the far the best brand for specialties I've found

    http://www.reesespecialty.com/
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    Oct 24, 2011 6:10 AM GMT
    yummm, very good for you.... just mashed on toast...glueton free of course.... icon_neutral.gif
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    Oct 24, 2011 6:13 AM GMT
    I've only had them a couple times, the bones were a little annoying but I don't have a terribly fussy palate so they were fine.
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    Jun 17, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    I am not Portuguese if I did not like sardines lolol. All the people I know eat charcoal grilled sardines. To enrich the flavor of sardines, we can not clean the insides (organs and intestines) and to flavor uses only salt. The sardine is good when she's fat "have to drop fat."
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    Jun 17, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    ugh I hate them.
  • pandamarama

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    Jun 17, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    I love sardines, although I've only tried the ones with tomato sauce.
  • Beeftastic

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    Jun 17, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    It's true, the ones in water are fishier, but I eat them anyways to keep the fat down. And the spines do kind of gross me out a bit.

    I like them on armenian crackers with cream cheese, yum!

    I like the idea of adding cardamon, that sounds cool.

    If you get a chance to try fresh sardines, done Spanish (tapas) style, they are great and taste a lot different than the canned ones.
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    Jun 17, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    I like sardines in mustard, as others above mention. Try different brands, 1 can at a time, no more dozen at once. There can be considerable differences in taste & texture between companies, as you experiment to find the sardines right for you.

    Sardines can also be packed in tomato sauce, vegetable, sunflower or olive oils, and some are boneless, and smoked, in different sizes, just a ton of variables. I wouldn't give up on canned sardines yet. Oh, and like with some other fish I find bread or crackers afterwards tend to neutralize a sometimes strong aftertaste in your mouth. Important if you're eating them on the go, straight out of the can with few accompaniments.
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:16 AM GMT
    I eat almost anything but can't stand sardines, which rank between calve's liver and raw squid on my personal nausea scale.
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    Love them in olive oil. The quality varies immensely so try several
    Brands. The smaller the better.