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Matiz Gallego Sardines – Item of the Day

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Matiz Gallego Sardines and you can get them in  a 2 count pack or if you want the best value get a 12 count pack for only 33.99 which is only 2.83 a can.  Oh dear friends the reasons these items are being featured are many, let us take a look at a few.

First I try to feature items not just of good quality but stuff I use, and I eat these a few times a week.  Due to the fact that I like them and that they are a good source of Omega 3 fats, which the average person is largely deficient in.  I eat them strait from the can, wrapped in lettuce with yogurt cheese, on Flax Crackers or as part of a lunch time salad.

Secondly lets talk about those Omega 3s.  Sardines and herring are about the best source of them on the planet.  Because these small fish are very low in the food chain.  So while fish like mackerel, tuna and salmon are great for Omega 3, they also carry a fair load of mercury and other toxins.   Not enough to never eat, you body can deal with some exposure to toxins, it it couldn’t’ we would all be dead.  But you need to eat something like this about 3-4 times a week for a good omega 3 vs 6 balance and you should not rely on large ocean predator fish that often.

Third is quality.  I am a sardine connoisseur, I love the little guys!  So I scoured the net for others reviewing sardines and one name constantly was at the top of most lists, Matiz.  When I tried them I found out why.  These are not your cheapo sardines that would be better as cat food.  There are only 3 to a can, because they are beautiful plump little guys!  Yes gutted and deheaded but skin and bones on as good sardines have.  Mild smelling compared to other sardines, caught in the waters off northern Spain and Portugal, where the best of the best come from.

Fourth, no junk!  No extra preservatives, no garbage, Here is the entire list of ingredients, sardines, olive oil, sea salt.  Fantastic.  Never and I mean never buy sardines with mustard sauce, soy bean oil, etc.  Packed in their own oils and olive oil is best, just like these guys.

Fifth this is a perfect prepper storage product!  Think about where preppers struggle to keep a good storage up.  That would be high quality fats and meats, with nutrient dense caloric yield.  Well the ones that just came in have an expiration date of 2023!  You know I say eat what you store and store what you eat, well with this even if you only eat them a few times a month, that is no problem.  In each can you get 228 calories, 130 in high quality fats and 98 from one of the best sources of protein on the planet.

So why not give Matiz Gallego Sardines a shot?  Pick up a 2 count pack to give them a try or if you know you like sardines get the 12 count pack and save a bunch of money.

Do let me caution, these are the best sardines I have ever eaten but they are still canned sardines.  They are not magical, they don’t taste like chicken, they taste like small ocean fish.  So if you in general do not like sardines at all, you likely will not like these either.  However if you “sort of like them”, this may change your entire sardine world.  Far less fishy tasting, more clean smelling, nice firm flesh and man they go good with a bit of avocado.

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P.S. – I brought these around again today because of one of my favorite new YouTube personalities.  His name is Alex the French Guy and Patrick of MT Knives introduced me to him.  I was binging his channel and found these two videos on cooking with sardines.

You guys know me I love to cook so I am now playing with variations of his ideas and I am even playing with doing an eel style sushi with sardines, it was kind of like a duh moment for me as I saw some of the other stuff he was doing.

And can you even imagine frying a sardine out of a can!  I thought the guy was nuts until I saw what he did with it.  Again as prepper one thing we struggle to store in quantity in high quality is fat and protein and especially in long term shelf stable things that fit store what you eat and eat what you store.

Well, the French Guy just blew up the options for using sardines for that purpose, so check it out and give it a try.  You can do it with any sardine of course but again Matiz has become my go to with a quality that nothing else touches.

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Sushi Sonic 100% Real Powdered Wasabi – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Sushi Sonic 100% Real Powdered Wasabi.  I love sushi and sashimi but to be honest on some levels the raw fish is really a “conveyance system for soy sauce and wasabi”.  While not totally true, I have spoken to many a fellow connoisseur of sashimi that shares the basic sentiment.  We love the fish, the pickled ginger, the saki, the seaweed salad, etc. but in the end, wasabi makes it sing.

Thing is most people, even those that frequent good sushi bars have either never had real wasabi.  Instead what they thought was wasabi was a mix of horseradish and mustard dyed green.  Or if they are lucky they may have had some real wasabi cut with horseradish.  Generally at 51% wasabi to 49% horseradish.

However those little tubes of “premixed wasabi” and most powders that you mix with water actually contain zero wasabi.  Yea really, read a few labels and check.

Here area few examples…

  • Premium Wasabi Powder – Even has cool Japaneses letters but ingredients are horseradish, mustard and fillers and artificial colors.
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  • Kikkoman, Wasabi Sauce – Kikkoman a name you can trust right? Well the second ingredient is soybean oil, the third is a “root blend” of wasabi and horse radish.  Please note they don’t say how much wasabi and it could be as little as 1%.  Also has high frutose corn syrup and yellow #5 and blue #1.  Well yellow and blue do make green right?
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  • S&B Wasabi Powder – Contains horseradish, mustard, corn starch along with our new friends yellow #5 and blue #1 but zero actual wasabi.

So what is the deal, why is it so hard to find real wasabi?  Well wasabi is related to horse radish, but unlike horse radish which is simple to grow, wasabi is complicated to grow and needs a perfect semi aquatic environment to grow right. Because of this, it is mostly only grown in Japan or China, and this makes it quite expensive.

One of my projects next year will actually be trying to grow some wasabi in one of my aquatic systems.  But until then I will be happy to use Sushi Sonic 100% Real Powdered Wasabi.

There is a lot to like about this stuff, I recently did sashimi for three friends and they all loved it.  Let’s start with the ingredients, pretty simple, 100% wasabi.  So if we have 100% wasabi we have 0% everything else.  Next up it is freeze dried, so it will last for damn near ever and still taste wonderfully fresh when rehydrated.  I also consider it well priced, a 1.5 ounce jar is about 9 bucks and trust me a little goes a long way.

I was concerned a bit as this product is from China but it gets an A grade on Fakespot as does the company as a whole, so there is no deception going on with the review game.  The product does have some negative reviews, of course some China bashing as always.  One lady says it has no flavor and smells like green tea.  I think that woman needs to see a neurologist!

This is quite simply the best product I have found and it is easy as all get out to use.  Mix with about an equal amount of water and let it sit for about 4-5 minutes and you have a perfect paste.  There are a lot of ways to use wasabi but sushi and sashimi are the pinnacle as far as I am concerned.  If you’d like to give real wasabi a try, order up some Sushi Sonic 100% Real Powdered Wasabi today, and trust me it will make your taste buds dance.

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P.S. – You will notice some complaining about a “root blend” with this brand including a misprint in the expanded description that seems to make it worse.  The explanation is abundantly simple.  The same company makes an “economy version” that is in fact a 49-51% blend.  You can see it here.  In any event the product that says 100% wasabi on the label is the one you want not the one that says 51% genuine wasabi.

 

 

 

Kirkland Signature Walnuts – Item of the Day

walnutsEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day Kirkland Signature Walnuts.  One of the great things about the paleo life is nuts are on the menu, especially nuts like walnuts.  But have you looked at the price of shelled walnuts in the store?

When I found these I knew I was on to something, a three pound bag is only about 17 bucks and it ships free to your house on Amazon prime.  Now three pounds is a lot and these are raw nuts so this is what I do.  I put a half pound a piece into small vacuum seal bags, seal them up and keep them in the freezer and take them out as I need them.

I use these a variety of ways.  First is just plain snacking, you have to go easy on nuts while on a paleo eating plan because even though they are low carb they are very calorically dense.  So when I snack on them I will take out about a handful (2 ounces) and put the rest away.  They go great with some beef jerky and add a great crunch with say some yogurt cheese and pepper sticks.

Do you miss croutons on your salad or just want even more crunch.  Okay take a few handfuls of these, get a dry no stick skillet nice and warm and toss these in, toast them until they just begin to brown.  Let them cool and toss them on any salad of your choosing and man they are great.  My favorite is a spinach salad, with crumbled blue cheese, some sliced green apple, bacon, some boiled eggs (quail eggs split sideways are nice) and these walnuts.  My take on a Waldorf.

Want to take something extremely simple and make it over the top?  Okay again start by toasting some walnuts, this time give them a slight rough chop so they are all about 1/4 sized.  Once they start to toast add bacon grease to the pan and trimmed green beans, saute the green beans until just done, that means bright green and still a little crisp in the center.  Remove from the pan, top with some bacon crumbles and a bit of real Parmesan cheese.

The entire thing takes perhaps 10 minutes to do at most.  It is simple you season it with some salt an pepper other than that there are only 4 ingredients but it is blow you away good.  Oh and it is healthy and 100% paleo/low carb.

I am sure there are other things you can come up to do with walnuts.  The next thing I want to try is Turkish Walnut Soup.  In any event if you want to put some high quality crunch into your life, check out, Kirkland Signature Walnuts today.

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