Discussion Canned seafoods in Olive Oil vs in water?

whm1974

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I don't know about you guys, but I highly prefer my canned seafood such as tuna and smoked kippers fillets in water way over those in soybean/Canola oils. I won't even eat lower cost smoked oysters in those kind of oils at all as they gross me out. However I can tolerate tuna in such oils although I only eat that type if it is the only canned tuna the store sells.

I just recently discovered that you can some seafood canned in Olive Oil, such as tuna, smoked herring, anchovies, and etc. Does that taste better then in water? I did however notice that they are pricier then then the regular kinds. So are they worth the extra cost?

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Aikouka

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I remember looking at the two ages ago. I think I used to get in oil, but I switched to water after seeing that the oil one had a lot more calories. Seems awkward since you drain most of the liquid anyway!
 

whm1974

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No one here hasn't had canned seafood in olive oil before? I guess not, so will I be the first gerbil to try some out?
 

lxskllr

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Oil for sure. Better flavor and mouth feel if the competition is water. Best is packed in its own juices.
 

whm1974

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Oil for sure. Better flavor and mouth feel if the competition is water. Best is packed in its own juices.
If I can get some smoked seafood canned in olive oil locally I would buy some and post a review of what I try.
 
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ponyo

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If there's choice between oil and water, I pick the can with oil. I buy the cheapest tuna in oil I can find. My goto source is Aldi.

I'm pickier about the country of packed origin more than anything in regards to canned seafood. I try to avoid anything from China regardless of low price. I don't care for Morocco as well but will eat if it's cheap enough.

Canned oysters, I only buy if the label says Made in South Korea.
 

whm1974

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If there's choice between oil and water, I pick the can with oil. I buy the cheapest tuna in oil I can find. My goto source is Aldi.

I'm pickier about the country of packed origin more than anything in regards to canned seafood. I try to avoid anything from China regardless of low price. I don't care for Morocco as well but will eat if it's cheap enough.

Canned oysters, I only buy if the label says Made in South Korea.
What about the US if is produced by a decent cannery?
 

lxskllr

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If there's choice between oil and water, I pick the can with oil. I buy the cheapest tuna in oil I can find. My goto source is Aldi.

I'm pickier about the country of packed origin more than anything in regards to canned seafood. I try to avoid anything from China regardless of low price. I don't care for Morocco as well but will eat if it's cheap enough.

Canned oysters, I only buy if the label says Made in South Korea.
They have OceanPrince(?) kippered herring at biglots. Looked just like cans packed in Canada. Got excited when I first saw it, turn the can over(cause I've found companies are trying to fuck me more often now), and it was made in China. Put it back on the shelf.

I haven't developed a country preference(aside from NO FUCKING CHINA) for ordinary canned fish, but I do like European varieties for the better stuff. Dunno if it's a product of country of origin, or simply cause more care was taken due to the price tag.
 

whm1974

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They have OceanPrince(?) kippered herring at biglots. Looked just like cans packed in Canada. Got excited when I first saw it, turn the can over(cause I've found companies are trying to fuck me more often now), and it was made in China. Put it back on the shelf.

I haven't developed a country preference(aside from NO FUCKING CHINA) for ordinary canned fish, but I do like European varieties for the better stuff. Dunno if it's a product of country of origin, or simply cause more care was taken due to the price tag.
Probably both as some counties take great pride in their canned fish.
 

ponyo

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What about the US if is produced by a decent cannery?
My only rule is No made in China.
They have OceanPrince(?) kippered herring at biglots. Looked just like cans packed in Canada. Got excited when I first saw it, turn the can over(cause I've found companies are trying to fuck me more often now), and it was made in China. Put it back on the shelf.

I haven't developed a country preference(aside from NO FUCKING CHINA) for ordinary canned fish, but I do like European varieties for the better stuff. Dunno if it's a product of country of origin, or simply cause more care was taken due to the price tag.
I have the same NO FUCKING CHINA rule. I'm not as picky about the other stuff although I've found higher quality stuff from Spain, Portugal, and Italy. I like Made in Korea stuff if I can find it. Sea snails, mackerels, tuna, and oysters I prefer Made In South Korea.
 

whm1974

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I strong agree with the no China rule. I had smoked oyster from them and they were really nasty.
 

whm1974

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Canned seafood such as tuna or smoked herring fillets makes it far easier for me to consume fish, although I only recently start eating tuna again after not eaten it for a few years at least. However I will avoid consuming more then two cans of the fish a week if even that due to mercury concerns.
 

whm1974

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For some reason I've got shrimp in a can stuck in my head now...

I just try to avoid cans because it's a potential cancer link and I got enough of those links already.
Wouldn't that depend the seafood and wither or not it is smoked?
 

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For oil I keep to decent Spanish brands, but it can get pricey. Ortiz is a solid baseline, or something like Ramon Pena for $$$$$$.
 

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