barney's Cheap Eatin' Thread

barney

12 pointer
Oct 11, 2005
17,970
For lunch today I tried the Walmart Great value brand sardines. At .88 cents a can, these are the cheapest of all of the brand's I've purchased. Unlike some of the others, I have never tried this brand before.

When I opened the can I was pleasantly surprised by looks of the sardines with dark backs, and silvery bellies. They represented the quintessential sardine of my childhood. The presentation of the way they were packed into the can was top notch as well for this day and time.

After the first bite I realized the eatin' quality of these sardines was reminiscent of their looks. I also grabbed the lid after the first taste for a quick check of the ingredients. I knew I hadn't imagined the very favorable lightly smoked flavor and I didn't, it was listed on the label an I had missed it. It's pretty rare for cheap sardines to have natural smoke added, but these did! Even though these sardines were packed in soybean oil, it was the perfect amount IMHO, not oily and over powering like some brands. All in all, Walmart knocked the ball out of the park with these sardines!

If using the Wild Planet brand as the bar set at 10, I am going to rate these sardines at a solid 9! If only they were packed in extra virgin olive oil, these sardines could quite possibly surpass Wild Planet! Yes, that's right, I didn't mince words. Surpass!
 

Luther's Feist

10 pointer
Oct 25, 2014
1,542
Coeburn, Va
For lunch today I tried the Walmart Great value brand sardines. At .88 cents a can, these are the cheapest of all of the brand's I've purchased. Unlike some of the others, I have never tried this brand before.

When I opened the can I was pleasantly surprised by looks of the sardines with dark backs, and silvery bellies. They represented the quintessential sardine of my childhood. The presentation of the way they were packed into the can was top notch as well for this day and time.

After the first bite I realized the eatin' quality of these sardines was reminiscent of their looks. I also grabbed the lid after the first taste for a quick check of the ingredients. I knew I hadn't imagined the very favorable lightly smoked flavor and I didn't, it was listed on the label an I had missed it. It's pretty rare for cheap sardines to have natural smoke added, but these did! Even though these sardines were packed in soybean oil, it was the perfect amount IMHO, not oily and over powering like some brands. All in all, Walmart knocked the ball out of the park with these sardines!

If using the Wild Planet brand as the bar set at 10, I am going to rate these sardines at a solid 9! If only they were packed in extra virgin olive oil, these sardines could quite possibly surpass Wild Planet! Yes, that's right, I didn't mince words. Surpass!

Barney does it say on that can who makes them for the great value company. I k ow a lot of the great value stuff is made at larger companies like Sara Lee, conagra, etc
 

Bee

10 pointer
Mar 14, 2005
1,713
Barney , please tell me about that three pronged fork laying on the paper plate in your last sardine picture.

My family drawer growing up had some of them. I remember being told they were heirlooms from way back there somewhere. Ive seen picture of many of them on eBay and they are described as civil war era forks.

Some of them had bone handles and some other ones had a little fancier lead or pewter -like inlays in the bone handles. Others had polished wood handles. Dad said some of the forks he had reworked from the ruins of family home that had burned. My dad made a foot long wooden handle for one of them for turning fried chicken etc in a big iron skillet or frying pan. I have about all those forks and traded a brother out of some he had too. I think my parents found some additional ones in an antique store way back there. I think of my mother and Dad every time I look at one of them. I use them daily for link sausage turning and other hot skillet fried food turning.

I have never researched them, but I know the are really old and maybe the civil war era label is accurate.. One has a tine that has just been worn down a half inch.

You got any idea where the ones you have may have come from --where did you get yours? Any body see seen these in old family stuff.
 

JR in KY

12 pointer
Jan 25, 2006
6,264
The Occupied South
For lunch today I tried the Walmart Great value brand sardines. At .88 cents a can, these are the cheapest of all of the brand's I've purchased. Unlike some of the others, I have never tried this brand before.

When I opened the can I was pleasantly surprised by looks of the sardines with dark backs, and silvery bellies. They represented the quintessential sardine of my childhood. The presentation of the way they were packed into the can was top notch as well for this day and time.

After the first bite I realized the eatin' quality of these sardines was reminiscent of their looks. I also grabbed the lid after the first taste for a quick check of the ingredients. I knew I hadn't imagined the very favorable lightly smoked flavor and I didn't, it was listed on the label an I had missed it. It's pretty rare for cheap sardines to have natural smoke added, but these did! Even though these sardines were packed in soybean oil, it was the perfect amount IMHO, not oily and over powering like some brands. All in all, Walmart knocked the ball out of the park with these sardines!

If using the Wild Planet brand as the bar set at 10, I am going to rate these sardines at a solid 9! If only they were packed in extra virgin olive oil, these sardines could quite possibly surpass Wild Planet! Yes, that's right, I didn't mince words. Surpass!
I don't see anything but The ZINGERS!!!!!
 


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