I always likes the one packed in mustard sauce. Usually I’d eat them plain and loaded into a hot dog bun but they’re also good when mashed up with bread crumbs, egg, chopped onion and celery, formed into patties and pan-fried.
I was actually a little bit surprised that the US still had a full time cannery for sardines but I’m still sorry to hear about its demise.
Interesting. My parents live less than a mile from Cannery Row in Monterey California - the one written about by Steinbeck. It was all about sardines until they up and disappeared - no doubt due to overfishing and other environmental factors…
Thats sad. I like Sardines, particularly the ones in mustard sauce. Heck, I have a few cans of them in the cupboard right now. I keep one or two in my car in case of a “Food emergency”, along with a few cans of beanie weenies and vienaa sausages. But that might be an Army thing. You never know when youwon’t have time to grab lunch so I know I can always run out to my car, crack opena can of sardines and at least have something to eat.
Too bad-Maine sardines had a nice flavor. That said, I have been eating sardines for years-the Norwegian ones are very good.
Does anybody know what the Pacific sardine fishery disappeared? I have read “Cannery Row” as well-it seems the fish left and never came back!
The Pacific sardine fishery has recovered very nicely, actually. The collapse of the fishery in the 1950s and its bottoming out in the 1970s appears to be part of a very long climatic cycle which sees sardines and anchovies alternating as the major species of small pelagic fish in the Pacific. Overfishing may have exaggerated this effect, prolonging and deepening the collapse, but since the recovery in the early '80s, the fishery has been managed to maintain a healthy population. While the catch is only 10 - 15% of what it was in the 1930s, and the total sardine biomass is estimated as a quarter of what it was then, the main problems with a California canning industry are (1) that much of the California catch is “low-value” fish that are used for bait, tuna feed, and fish meal, and (2) sardines just aren’t that popular any more.