“ Brand: John West / Type: Fish „
Firstly, apologies for my terrible title!
While it's quieter than usual at work (well it was when I wrote this in August!) I'm taking the time to review my lunch, and having had a few naughty baguette days I'm back on the tinned fish.
Today's choice is unusual because it's a tin I certainly haven't tried before, I picked it up the other week as it looked a little bit different, being a slightly bigger tin than sardines or mackerel - otherwise you might mistake it for another tin of fish! The tin set me back 82p (I so could have bought a naughty cheese pasty instead!), so hopefully it'll be edible.
According to the website, "Brisling are lightly smoked tasty, little fish". These are sold under the John West Skippers brand (I suppose Skipper sounds better than Brisling?), and as well as the sunflower oil which I'm reviewing, they also come in tomato sauce. The whole range of John West fish products can be found here http://www.john-west.co.uk/our-products if you're interested in tinned fish!
The predominantly green tin is 106g (75g drained), slightly wider than sardine or mackerel tins, and has a convenient ring pull, but watch out for splash back and sharp edges.
The really boring bit (I know, tinned fish isn't exciting at the best of times!) - this tin contains smoked brisling (fish), sunflower oil, and salt - very simple. The tin states that Omega 3 is good for your heart and you should have at least one portion a week of oil-rich fish to keep your heart healthy. So now I feel good about my lunch! The tin contains 182 calories, and 14.3g fat (2.8g saturates), and 0.4g sodium. All sounds ok to me!
---The Eating Experience---
It is suggested that these fish are eaten on thick white toast. However, I have a salad of lettuce and tomatoes.
Having spent the run up to my lunch writing the review thus far I'm quite excited here....drum roll please as I open the tin...and very cleverly I've drained the oil (leaving just a small amount) into the empty snack-a-jacks pack I reviewed earlier - genius!
The tin contains a minimum of eight fish, I can count 12 in mine. The smell is fishy, but not enough to stink out the office for the afternoon, although I'm on my own anyway.
My first little silver fish is eaten in a mouthful, on its own. I can taste the lightly smokiness of it, but it's not strong, and actually pretty pleasant although I'm not a smoked fish fan!
The fish do have bones in of the sardine variety, but as the fish are much smaller, so are the bones. While I'm not happy always to crunch through sardine bones, these ones aren't bothering me and I only really noticed them when I opened one up to inspect for review purposes! I would say the taste is milder than sardines (and perhaps sweeter), more like mackerel I think.
The fish goes fine with my salad, although I have to admit a thick piece of toast would be nicer! Often I struggle to make my way through a whole tin, but this just about right for one person. I really like having lots of little fish rather than a couple of big ones, and I'm not left with lots of little bits at the bottom of the tin.
I would definitely get these again for an occasional lunch or snack. I felt that 82p was reasonable for high quality tasty little fish.
Perhaps next time I'm shopping I'll look for some other tinned fish I've not tried before!