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Old 09-19-2011, 06:27 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Canned Mackerel can be served just like expensive fillets of fish, for about $1.50 a pound. I prefer the Jurel, from Chile. A tall can contains two tail-ends of fish, with the spine running through them. Each tail splits easily into two fillets, 3 ounces each. and each of those separates easily along the lateral line into "fingers", but it is otherwise quite firm and you don't need to be very careful when cooking or turning it.

Rinse the fillets in water, to remove the flavors of the packing fluid, and pat dry, then dredge them in flour, and pan-fry in butter. Fry them for just a few minutes on a pretty hot pan, you'll want to brown the outside nicely, but just heat them up good inside, they are already "cooked" in the processing.

Serve as you would any fresh fish, with your favorite fish sauce. I like a simple blend of mostly mayo, with brown mustard, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. It's not "just like" fresh fish, but it's pretty darned close, at a great price.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:49 PM
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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Thanks, I never thought of preparing it that way - I assumed it would just fall apart if fried. Usually I just eat it cold out of the can with tartar sauce, but that's kind of nasty. I also mix it into rice.

Canned mackerel might not be the best tasting sea food out there, but it's loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, has lots of calcium from the dissolved bones, B vitamins, and of course is almost all protein. There's simply no cheaper kind of fish available on the market so it is a very good food to stock up on, to prepare for a less civilized future where food might become increasingly expensive. After all, we've passed peak production of the oil fuels that are used to transport foods around the world ...... it won't be long until those of us who live inland will remember with fondness the days when ocean fish was plentiful and reasonably priced.

Stock up now, even if you're not a survivalist and don't believe what I just wrote, it makes great financial sense even if you're just trying to be frugal and save some money in the present time. It won't be that cheap for much longer.
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