Chinese Sardines

Good morning readers. Thanks for coming by for a read this morning.

I doubt I’ve ever mentioned it, but I’ve always been a sardine lover.  Quit buying them when the price went high back there sometime and partly justified quitting because it drove the cats nuts when I opened a can.  Had to sneak around or I’d end up having to share.

So recently I was in the Dollar Tree store and noticed they had a lot of cans of sardines stacked on the shelves at a buck per can.  Big cans of a sort I haven’t seen in a number of decades, takes a can opener to get in there.

As you know, I a suspicious person, so I carefully got out my pocket magnifier and examined the label.   Well!  I’ll be damned!  Chinese!  Chin-freaking-ese sardines!

Well, heck.  What can sardine packing plants do wrong with sardines, thinks I.  You pack them in brine, or oil, or mustard sauce, or tomato sauce, put a lid and label on, and nobody’s going to know they aren’t Scandahoovian sardines.

Bought 20 cans of them, by golly, a lot just packed in brine because I thought I might use a few coaxing Tabby out of being anti-social.

Well, friends and neighbors, it’s entirely possible to screw up sardines.  I’m not sure how they did it, but they just don’t taste right.  And while the cats love the ones packed in oil or brine, they ain’t touching the ones packed in mustard nor those in tomato sauce.

I’m going to have to gut it out and eat those anyway.

How in the world can an ethnic group invent gunpowder and be the first to invent carbon steel, and not be able to can sardines worth eating?

[Hmmm.  To be fair, it’s generally believed the steel thing was an accident.  Slave either fell, or was thrown into a vat of molten iron and someone noted the quality of the product improved.  So a lot of slaves made their way into a lot of vats of molten iron before it was discovered there were other ways of getting the job done.]

But even so, sardines can’t be that tough.  The Scandahoovians don’t even have slaves, haven’t had them since, since, since, sometime back there before canning was invented.

Old Jules

Afterthought:  When you think about it, Chinese steel’s nothing to brag about these days, either.  Maybe they ought to be tossing all those sardines into vats of molten iron instead of canning them.

15 responses to “Chinese Sardines

  1. I grew up in a cannery town and spend summers through high school packing sardines. When I lived in Singapore I thought, what you did, how can you screw up a sardine and discovered, as you did, that it can be done with unbelievable proficiency. Prior to my disillusionment the only thing that made for a bad can of fish were those that sat in the hold too long before being processed. I still love sardines but as you pointed out they have become quite costly. All of the canneries in the town where I grew up are long gone. I buy the Canadian sardines if I can find them on sale.

  2. Well, the Chinese manufactureres have messed up baby formula and pet food. It’s not much of a stretch to figure the list might include sardines or whatever else is cheap, too.

  3. I love sardines. My dad and I always took a loaf of bread and a few cans of sardines when we went fishing. Already (if we had any luck) had the smell of fish on our hands so we didn’t need to wash them before eating our lunch (grin).

    • Hi DizzyDick: My Ex-wife always told me it must be an acquired taste. She never acquired it. I must have first been exposed to it camping. Whatever works, anyway. Gracias, J

  4. Quit eating fish when I saw it was from China. Hear they have strange feeding methods like those that caused the problems in cattle a few years back. I don’t trust it so I watch for fish in general that is from other places than China and prefer US or Canada, but they could be just as bad so it is somewhat psychological .

    • Hi Chuck: At least the Chinese rejected genetic manipulated grain recently. Maybe there are some things worse than others in their eyes. Thanks for the visit. J

  5. ” Slave either fell, or was thrown into a vat of molten iron and someone noted the quality of the product improved.”

    Ok, you got me. I am not familiar with this story. How does the slave improve the mx?

    • Hi angryman: Carbon. A human body has a considerable carbon component once everything the temperature of molten iron can remove is subtracted. Gracias, J

  6. I don’t buy anything from China anymore, if I can help it. Ick.

  7. Can’t believe you fell for the old “Chinese sardine trick”. Thought you were more saavy than that! All kidding aside, they seem to make low quality everything.

  8. I have never acquired a taste for sardines but my mother loves them. We usually buy them in Mexico…now you have me wondering about their origin 😦

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