I have always been repulsed by them but after this, I'm buying a tin in the morning. I want to be one of the cool CoTHers, too. Going by the store that has the good, crusty French bread and hoping they have ones packed in mustard, which sounds great
I learned everything I know from a chestnut mare so don't even try me.
ICKY!!! I think they are one of the nastiest things along with raw oysters (and this is coming from a girl that LOVES seafood)...
As far as calcium goes...why not drink a large glass of milk or eat a block of cheese....or ice cream? Seems like a much better option to me.
Its an acquired taste – Just like aged cheese….along with oysters, I thought I hated them, turned out I didn’t have good ones – now I LOVE them, but I make special road trips out to the oyster farms, to get them fresh, cheap and TASTY. Same with fresh sardines, totally different then canned ones.
I would venture to say most “nasty” food is much much better when FRESH and prepared well. Processing can make many good foods straight gross.
By the way, if you need calcium, broccoli has more absorbable calcium than the vast majority of dairy products.
I find there's a big difference in brands. My favorite are the well-known Norwegian brands like King Oscar, and I prefer them packed in olive oil. I also like the little ones better than the bigger ones.
Sardines and anchovies are very different. Sardines are much milder than anchovies, which have been cured and salted and smoked or something and have a VERY strong flavor. Anchovies are a key ingredient in Caesar salad dressings and in Worchestershire sauce. Also, I find anchovies kind of weird to eat because in addition to the very intense flavor, they often have tiny little bones that bug me, whereas the bones in sardines are very soft and almost unnoticeable after the cooking process.
So if you taste an anchovy, taste it like you would taste a hot sauce: a very little bite.
And when you taste a sardine, put a little bit on a cracker. I'll bet you'll love it.
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Yes, it does pay to buy a good brand. I once bought two cans of some unknown brand that was heavily discounted. Didn't like them at all - WAY too fishy. While sardines, like everything in the herring family, definitely are "fishy" fish, these were REALLY fishy. Cats did enjoy the 2nd can though - lol!
Avoid the cheap brands. I prefer them packed in water and served up straight from the can or mashed up with minced onions, a touch of olive oil, and placed on saltine crackers. Ranks right up there with roasted oysters & Brunswick Stew.
But then I also like eggs scrambled up with hawg brains.
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I really like them...I grew up eating them (my Mom is Eastern European, where they're a pretty "normal" food). I like the ones packed in oil, and most of the time, I just put them on toasted bread (preferably rye or something otherwise not too white and "smooshy") with a little cracked black pepper on top. They are also good with a slice of tomato and some green onion.
I'm always kind of puzzled by how grossed out people get about them--unless you hate seafood, they're a pretty mild, easy to eat fish.
No-o-o-o-o! On your lunch hour? At your desk? Sardines are not office-friendly ichthyoids!
Your first time, like sex, should be in the privacy of your own home and not in public or in the backseat of a car.
I came back on here to say I got them (store had King Oscar brand in olive oil...someone said that was a good brand so I figured that was safe) and I was trying to get the nerve to open the can...now I am nervous!! I don't want people back here giving me a hard time about them, but my desk is pretty secluded (only three offices back where I am, and one of them the person is out today).
I got a pack of peanut butter crackers as a back up just in case, maybe I should just eat that instead.