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    They're freaking me out, but I have two cans of organic, skinless and boneless sardines in my pantry.

    Yes, I pussied out and grabbed skinless and boneless. I don't think I can do the bone thing just yet. I still get freaked out looking at an uncooked chicken leg.

    I happen to think all animals are cute, even if they are delicious and nutritious, and the more my meat looks like an animal the less appetizing it becomes. I didn't want to be staring my canned fish in the eyes and chomping on it's spine.

    But I'm still a little put off by sardines. I've never known anyone who eats sardines, even though I've read they used to be common in American pantries and are actually very sustainable. I'd like to get to know these little guys.

    I haven't plucked up the courage to open a can yet but I think I might just suck it up and do it tonight.

    Do any of you guys love sardines? Hate them? How do you eat them? Everyone(on the rest of the interwebs) says crackers but that's not really an option for me.

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    Originally posted by the_walrus0 View Post
    They're freaking me out, but I have two cans of organic, skinless and boneless sardines in my pantry.

    Yes, I pussied out and grabbed skinless and boneless. I don't think I can do the bone thing just yet. I still get freaked out looking at an uncooked chicken leg.

    I happen to think all animals are cute, even if they are delicious and nutritious, and the more my meat looks like an animal the less appetizing it becomes. I didn't want to be staring my canned fish in the eyes and chomping on it's spine.

    But I'm still a little put off by sardines. I've never known anyone who eats sardines, even though I've read they used to be common in American pantries and are actually very sustainable. I'd like to get to know these little guys.

    I haven't plucked up the courage to open a can yet but I think I might just suck it up and do it tonight.

    Do any of you guys love sardines? Hate them? How do you eat them? Everyone(on the rest of the interwebs) says crackers but that's not really an option for me.
    I'm in exactly the same boat lol. I used to eat very little fish before going Primal, and am trying my hardest to introduce it whenever I can. I am pretty creeped out about the sardines, but I realize their health benefits. I've started by introducing herring fillets (which I am liking), but haven't made the jump to full sardines yet.

    I too was thinking crackers or toast might be a good sardine delivery system, but I've given up all flour, and don't want to go back.
    "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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    • #3
      Yep, same here. I really want the nutritional benefits of eating a whole fish, skin, skeleton, brains, etc... But it just grosses me out. You've gotten farther than I have... I haven't even bought them! I plan on doing so soon though.

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      • #4
        I eat sardines (with skin and bones) several times a week. In fact, it was only yesterday in the store I noticed that they actually had "skinless, boneless" sardines and my comment to my DH on that was, "what's the point of that?" because part of the bonus of sardines is that you get calcium from the bones. Personally my favorite kind is the "mediterranean style"- they have olives and some spices in them. If the look of eating whole small fish bothers you, you may be better off going with canned salmon or tuna instead. I don't really get plate fright and since the taste and texture of sardines is fine, I like them.
        High Weight: 225
        Weight at start of Primal: 189
        Current Weight: 174
        Goal Weight: 130

        Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012

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        • #5
          Love em! I get boneless/skinless packed in olive oil. I pour everything into a bowl including the oil and put a heaping spoonful of chile garlic sauce on top. Also, I eat it with a spoon to get some of every ingredient in each bite.

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          • #6
            I love sardines! There are always several cans in my fridge. I don't get them in oil anymore since I am pretty sure it's not real olive oil. I like them with fresh ground salt, or tobasco sauce, or horseradish, or mustard. Very yummy, instant protein.

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            • #7
              The sardines I get don't have heads or tails, so that makes it a little easier to look at...I like to have them with marinara (got the idea from one tin where they were already IN marinara) and heat them up. Their flavor, to me, isn't very dissimilar to tuna, and in fact may be even milder. They're small enough that while you can sometimes tell a little variation in texture, it's pretty minimal, and the bones are so soft they don't even register as bones. They're so convenient, too - I prefer them warm but room temp is fine too. Go for it!!
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              Starting weight: 195
              Current weight: 179
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              • #8
                I really love these Sardines | Canned Portuguese Sardine | Vital Choice
                All of their products are great, expensive but high quality.

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                • #9
                  Nope, I'm not squeamish at all. I eat tinned sardines in tomato sauce straight out of the can, the bones are so ridiculously soft. There's really no need to be squeamish.
                  F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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                  • #10
                    I LOVE sardines and eat them several times a week. My favorite so far are the Wild Planet sardines. I buy them at Kroger stores.

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                    • #11
                      I love them as well. My only gripe is I can't find whole, wild caught sardines that are NOT smoked. And after eating some boneless and skinless ones that were not smoked and finding the flavor way superior, I don't want the whole ones much anymore Anyone know where I can get some that are whole and unsmoked plus wild and in olive oil?

                      The best tasting I have had are the crown prince boneless and skinless in olive oil. But, as mentioned, the skin and bones are SO good for you!

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                      • #12
                        Id really like to, but am not brave enough to try them yet.
                        I do give them to my cats occasionally.

                        Maybe if I mushed them up and mixed them with something like sour cream, I might be able to. I am sure they taste great, its just getting past the ick factor LOL.
                        I know i should just suck it up and do it.

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                        • #13
                          I like to have sardines and herring with sliced avocado and hard-boiled eggs with with hot ground pepper paste (like a relish) over it.

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                          • #14
                            I just bought a can today. Just wild caught sardines in tomato sauce and salt.
                            I've never had them before and I'm curious. Why would anyone feel squeamish about eating them? You guys make me feel nervous about trying the fish.
                            Is it because they are all intact?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Graycat View Post
                              I just bought a can today. Just wild caught sardines in tomato sauce and salt.
                              I've never had them before and I'm curious. Why would anyone feel squeamish about eating them? You guys make me feel nervous about trying the fish.
                              Is it because they are all intact?
                              Yes. I have actually caught and gutted many fish, but once they're on my plate they look nothing like their whole selves.

                              I suppose it's just a new food, but sometimes new meats can be scary. Like, if you fed me a cow tongue and it tasted awesome and then told me it was a cow tongue I'd be cool since I'd already eaten it.

                              If you tell me before I eat it that it's a cow tongue my brain can't stop thinking of a cow tongue.

                              I suppose I'll just have to eat the sardine to figure it out. I imagine if they taste amazing I'll start eating them all the time.

                              I wouldn't be opposed to eating the bones if they don't crunch. I just can't do the crunching....I don't know why. Bones are probably super healthy.

                              My caveman self and middle-class white girl self are conflicted.

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