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. 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 quite often. 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, your 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 2024! 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.
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 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.