What is Canned Fish?

Canned fish is fish that has been cleaned, processed, and sealed tightly in a can. Once the can has been sealed, heat is applied to ensure the meat does not spoil.  One of the best shelf-stable sources of meat-based proteins in history, canned fish has been an important food source for many years. Rich in Omega 3 Fatty acids, protein, and various other nutrients essential to proper development and growth, canned fish is also a cost-effective way to improve your diet.

Why Buy Canned Fish?

Canned fish is shelf-stable and won’t spoil quickly like other meats and fresh foods.  As the fish is pre-cooked, it’s ready to eat right out of the can. A combination like this has historically offered an advantage in providing nutrition to the developing world where electricity and proper refrigeration may not always be available.  As time has passed, the popularity and versatility of canned fish have helped it to become just as important in more modern economies as well.

For many that don’t have time to cook on a regular basis, canned fish is a quick and healthy food that brings a burst of natural energy to a busy schedule.  It’s also a great way to skip the empty calories fast food offers.  Whether you toss a few cans in a briefcase or a gym bag, canned fish works wonders for an empty stomach.

A Few of Our Favorites

If you’re new to canned fish or are looking to add a bit of variety to your seafood diet, you may be interested in some of the different types of canned fish available.  Here are a few of our favorites!

Tuna Salad with Kidney Beans and Sweet Corn

For those who love Tuna salad, our Tuna Salad with Red Beans and Sweet Corn is one of our more popular offerings and brings a bit of spice and zing to your day.  With a southwestern twist, this meal on the go is sure to put a smile on your face.  Tuna Salad with Red Beans and ultimate works well as a side dish and as a main entrée.

Gourmet Canned TunaGourmet Canned Tuna is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids and is also a great way to provide a host of other nutrients to your diet.  As more and more people find themselves with limited time to prepare and serve fresh fish, Gourmet Canned Tuna can be an ideal way to top a salad, enhance a hot-dish, or create a fantastic sandwich to remember.

Portuguese SardinesAnother popular choice, Portuguese Sardines from The Queen of the Coast brand seafood, are widely regarded as a delicacy around the globe.  A delightful treat that harkens back to a simpler and more elegant time, Portuguese Sardines are packed with essential vitamins, protein, and are also an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids.

What to Look for on the Label

When it comes to Tuna, the responsible fisherman looks to the mighty Skipjack.  With a shorter lifespan and equally short growing cycle, Skipjack Tuna is considered by most to be a sustainable fishery if harvested wisely.  Other common varieties of Tuna take much longer to reach maturity and as such are more difficult to replenish. Skipjack also contains less mercury than other leading brands and is regarded as safe for those who may be pregnant. By purchasing Skipjack varieties of Tuna, you’re doing your part to support sustainable fishing practices and the general well-being of the Oceans.

Often a mark of quality, European canned fish stands above the rest for its freshness, robust and natural flavoring, and general vitality of the catch.  Drawing from the cold, nutrient-rich waters that surround the coasts of Europe, the Sardines, Mackerel, and Tuna that hail from this region can be considered a gourmet offering at many tables around the world.

The healthiest canned fish uses no artificial flavors or preservatives. While chemical additives can work to preserve flavor and retain freshness, good, quality fish uses all-natural methods to provide an authentic sense of depth to the experience.

Easy Recipes to Try at Home

Spicy Tuna Crisps—Mix up a can of Gourmet Canned Tuna with vinaigrette, a dash of pepper, and a generous spoonful of Wasabi for a special zing.  Apply generously to rice crackers for the ultimate tasty treat.

Grilled Sardine Sandwiches—Grab a can of your favorite sardines and hit the grill! Just a few seconds of high heat on each side will add just a hint of crunch your sandwich needs.  Mix with your favorite cheese, add some tomatoes, lettuce, and a nice helping of mayo and you’re all set!

Mackerel Dip— combine one can of mackerel in tomato sauce, a finely diced onion, a pinch of salt, a ¼ cup of tomato-style hot sauce, a dash of pepper, and a full cup of mayonnaise in a bowl and mix well.  Mackerel dip is best served with whole-wheat crackers and is best if chilled before serving. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for the best-canned fish at the best prices, LaRuche brand foods are the supplier you’ve been searching for.  With over 20 years in the seafood industry, LaRuche has long been the most trusted name in imported European Seafood.  Contact us today if you’d like to learn more or would like to explore our Preferred Customer program.

What’s in That Can? 5 Things to Consider When Buying Canned Tuna

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Tuna is one of the most popular canned fish choices around the world. The great taste, health benefits, and convenience offered by a can of tuna are hard to deny. Next time you go to buy this canned deliciousness, consider these five tips to ensure you get the best price and the best fish possible.

1. Oil vs Water

Believe it or not, the oil or water surrounding the fish when canned can make a difference. Tuna packed in water will contain fewer calories and less fat but also allows for the loss of omega 3 fatty acids to occur. Water-packed also dilutes the natural juices and flavors contained within the fish and can lead to a more rounded and less refined taste.

Oil-packed fish is typically packed in vegetable or soy oil and helps to trap vital nutrients deep within the fish where they can be unlocked by your body during digestion. While not the healthiest canned fish option, oil-packed canned fish seals in every last drop of flavor to keep your meal as delicious as possible.

2. The Fishing Method Makes a Difference

A great deal controversy has stemmed from the fishing practices employed to harvest tuna. From indiscriminate long-line operations to giant nets that harvest thousands of fish each day, these types of fishing practices are harmful to populations of fish that help keep the ecosystem healthy and vibrant. The overharvesting of our fisheries has a serious impact on the overall health and stability of the oceans. As time has passed we’ve seen a number of species fished to near extinction.

Responsible fishing companies are continuing to work with more wisely managed and sustainable populations such as the skipjack tuna. With a shorter growing cycle, the skipjack reaches maturity much more quickly than larger varieties and are able to be replenished with less time. By targeting the skipjack, other populations of fish are able to regain stability as their numbers grow.

3. Read the Label

It’s almost impossible to find a predatory fish that doesn’t contain mercury. While most of the fish we eat today contain methyl-mercury, tuna falls on the higher end of that spectrum. Not all tuna fish are the same, however, as there are more than two dozen varieties of fish that can be considered “tuna.” It’s important to read the label and look for any species-specific information or clues that may be given about the type of fish inside.

Larger tuna like the Yellowfin and Albacore, commonly referred to as “White” tuna, grow slowly and take years to reach the age of maturity. The amount of mercury within a fish increases as time goes by and so, larger fish contain more mercury than smaller fish. The Skipjack tuna, often referred to as “Light” tuna, reaches maturity much more quickly than its bigger cousins. Since they live for a shorter period of time, less mercury is able to build up within their muscle tissue. When it comes to mercury content in seafood, skipjack tuna is one of the healthiest canned fish options available.

4. Are Pouches Better Than Cans?

Plastic tuna pouches are lightweight and convenient, especially when you don’t have a can-opener handy, but the added expense of that flashy packaging can add up quickly. Because there are no rigid sides to protect the fish inside, a long day on the town or on a hike can quickly turn your tuna to mush.

Cans, however, are cheaper and protect the texture and integrity of the chunks or slices found inside. With an average shelf life of 4 years, expect your canned fish to last a bit longer on the shelf than packet versions. Beware of the cheapest canned varieties though, as the materials they use for canning are often substandard and may be harmful to your health. The safest canned tuna is packed in BPA-free containers and should be clearly labeled as such. Some canned tuna brands even incorporate a pop-top lid for easy access with no can opener needed.

5. Consider the Source

The laws regarding seafood labeling don’t always serve the needs of the consumer. Less-reputable companies often try to hide behind deceptive labeling tactics that serve to mislead and confuse rather than educate and inform. It’s essential to do a fair bit of research if you want to make the most informed choice possible. Be sure to consult available guides designed for consumers and don’t be afraid to reach out to a company and ask them questions directly, either. Often, reputable companies are happy to talk about their products while the ones you want to avoid can be quite difficult to reach at times.

For over a hundred years, the cold and nutrient-dense waters off the coasts of Europe have produced some of the world’s healthiest canned fish. Known for their sustainable fisheries and a careful dedication to quality, Europe continues to set the bar for premium seafood products. At LaRuche Brand Foods, we have long been the most valued and trusted importer of fine European seafood. As a leader and pioneer, we’ve created many health and safety standards found within the seafood industry today. Recognized by many government bodies around the world for our commitment to excellence, LaRuche Brand Foods represents a commitment to both the consumer and a quality product not found elsewhere. For the very best in Fine Imported European fish, be sure to contact us today!

Is Canned Fish as Healthy for You as Fresh Fish?

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It’s no secret; fresh fish is a delicious and natural way to bring the taste of the sea home for you and your family. While the health benefits of fish are well known, many are left wondering if they’re missing out by choosing the canned variety. The reality is, not only does canned fish carry with it all the essential nutrients you expect, a host of other reasons place canned fish well ahead of fresh fish for many wise consumers.

It’s Cheaper

For thousands of years, fish have helped to feed a rapidly developing world. While technology has allowed for many innovations in the canning process to occur, moving fresh fish to inland regions remains bound by expensive logistics. The increased expense of shipping fish often places your favorite fillets in the premium section while a short shelf-life can be difficult to accommodate with today’s busy schedules.

It Tastes Great

Canned fish is a great way to incorporate the taste of fine imported European fish into your meals. Known the world over for their Skipjack Tuna, Sardines, and Mackerels, the coastal regions of Europe offer a habitat rich and dense with nutrients. Not all cans carry the same fish, however, so be sure to keep your eye on the label for a place of origin.

No Need to Cook!

Fish in a can comes already cooked. Whether you’re on a busy schedule or a family camping trip, cooking isn’t always a possibility. Canned varieties of fish like Sardines or Mackerel can add a burst of fresh flavor and necessary protein that helps you keep moving throughout the day without the need for refrigeration. Complete meals such as Tuna Salad offer even more nutrition while taking out all the hassle of cooking.

Lower Mercury Levels

For those that may be pregnant or have an especially keen eye on their health, Mercury found in seafood is something to be cautious of. When compared with fresh fish, the healthiest canned fish are more often smaller, wild-caught varieties that don’t contain as much mercury as larger fish do.

LaRuche Brand Foods is proud to be an importer of fine European seafood products. From the low-mercury and sustainable Skipjack to the mighty Mackerel, premium, wild-caught fish are what we do best. If you’re interested in only the highest-quality canned fish possible, be sure to contact LaRuche today!