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Yes it is a bit of a dramatic title but this is a review that starts with a sad story, but don't worry it has a happy ending!
Five years ago Capt Springtide and I were walking along the beach in southern Spain close to where we live. It was a cold and windy winter's day, (it does happen) and we were quite sad because this was the first time we had taken this walk without our beloved dog "Henry Stoppit" who had died the year before. As we walked past some apartments we heard the sound of a party and one of the guests on seeing us shouted across "Where's the dog?" We explained and being a dog owner herself and helping out at the local dog rescue centre said. "Tomorrow you must go up the mountain to the rescue centre, your next dog is there, ask for the Golden Retriever. Her owner has left her tied up in the middle of the night and she is really traumatized. I have kept her out of the big dog pound so far but next week she will have to go in with all the other dogs."
We decided we would go and just look, we had decided that our next dog would be small enough for me to pick up so that when it got older I could lift it into the ca, a retriever would possibly be too big. The next day we went up to the mountains in the mist to the ramshackle buildings that house the dogs that are lucky enough to be found when abandoned. We were met by a German man attached to a tatty blond dog. "You haff come for the Retriever!" he shouted. "Well actually we have come to Look at the Retriever" We said. In reply he let the dog off and it ran up and clung to my husbands knees. That was that, we drove home with her sat on my lap and all the windows open as she smelt so awful and she has been with us ever since.
What has this to do with pilchards. Every single thing except boiled rice disagreed with her tum. I tried everything, I scoured the net, I spoke to every dog owner I knew for advice. I was convinced that she had a terrible disease and the vet checked her out and couldn't find anything wrong. This went on and on and I was at my wits end. Then I read that fish was very well tolerated by dogs with wobbly tums so I tried Chappie which is made from white fish, that had a better result mixed with rice but the smell was so awful and the fish mush looked so yucky that in desperation I bought a can of Glenryck Pilchards in brine to try.
She loved it, and so did her tum, I managed to sleep a whole night without charging off into the dark with my poo kit and Jess started to put on weight and get a glossy coat and shiny eyes. I checked it out with our vet who said that rice, carrots and pilchards provided a perfectly balanced diet and to continue on feeding her in this way and we have never looked back since then
What's so good about Pilchards?
Glenryck Pilchards come in two varieties , in brine and tomato sauce. We tend to buy the latter because Jess eats the sauce as well so it is a little better value. The cans are bright red in a retro design with a happy looking Pilchard on the front with gleaming eye and shiny scales. On the label appears,",Quality canned fish for 75 years , high in Omega 3." At the base of the tin it says whether it is in brine or tomato sauce and the weight. Net 425g drained 250g.
On the reverse it tell us the ingredients. Pacific Pilchards 60%, Tomato juice from concentrate38% salt, Tapioca starch, Thickener-Guar Gum.
No preservatives or artificial additives. Contains Omega 3 and are of the highest quality.
Once opened any unused contents must be stored in an airtight container and used within 2 days. No problem to our Jess
As it says on the back label, "Where goodness tastes great", they really are packed with good things, in 100g you will have 125kcal, 13.2g of protein, 3.6g of carbohydrate of which 1.6g are sugars, Fats 6.9g of which 2.5g are saturates,1.8g are monounsaturated 2.3g ,2.3g are polyunsaturates, 2.1g Omega-3, Fibre 1.1g sodium 0.4g and salt1.0g.
They also contain calcium from the bones which break up easily and a large range of minerals.
Stealing the dog's dinner!
Once the can is opened you will find 4 or 5 plump fat pilchards with glossy skins swimming in their rich tomato sauce. They do have quite a strong smell which is a bit hard to take on the breakfast feed but by the evening feed I have been known to sneak a bit of pilchard and eat it on a cracker or crispbread. They really are very tasty, and I have also made a pate by mixing the drained fish with cream cheese, lemon juice and horse radish sauce, delicious.
I have to say that hot pilchards do not appeal to me although I might try them in a pie. I prefer them mashed up a bit so that the bones which are really very soft are not so noticeable, they are a good way to get your calcium calcium if you have a milk allergy.
Jess on the other hand or paw would eat them any way they come, she just has trouble opening the can.
We pay 1.35pence a can, they have just gone up 10p, in Morrisons in Gibraltar, (factor in transport costs),but I have seen them at 99pence in the UK, a really good price for a lot of goodness and incidentally cheaper than some specialist dog food.
If you like strong tasting food do try these, good value and tasty and you too can have a glossy coat and shiny eyes!
5 out of 5 stars from Jess and me.
Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash. The can is recyclable and many more suprisingly interesting fishy facts can be found on www.glenryck.co.uk
I have been a lifelong eater of Glenryck pilchards. But last year I decided not to purchase Glenryck pilchards ever again due to eating a number of substandard tins. In one tin there was only 1 huge pilchard inside covered in a thick layer of fat. It was so big there was very little room for the tomato sauce. The second tin had 2 pilchards inside and hardly any tomato sauce, again covered in an, unpleasant thick layer of fat. The third, fourth, fifth, etc were all the same. In addition the scales on the pilchards were so large that they stuck in my teeth and were difficult to swallow. due to the sharpness of the scales.
After a series of e-mails and letters of complaint there was no response from Glenryck.
As a result, I didn't eat pilchards for months. I now only buy and eat Princes pilchards !!
Ok not many of us admit to liking pilchards. It isn't the done thing at all but me I like fish and always have done!
I spotted these in my mates cupboard the other day and decided to try them out. I remember when I was a kid my Mum making me pilchards on toast and thinking it was vile so I thought well I'll have them and see if it's as bad as what I remembered them to be!
Oddly enough I've never even to the best of my knowledge even seen other branded pilchards!
Small red can with a photograph of a pilchard on the front and I'm told that they are Glenryck 'Quality canned fish for over 75 years' High in Omega 3, Pacific Pilchards In Tomato Sauce and the the size of the can is stated which in this case is 155g but they are also available in a 425g size and also in both sizes in brine. Other information on the can includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and a full nutritional chart is shown and contact details for Glenryck are listed. It's a nice enough and distinctive looking can the only thing I miss on this can is that it doesn't have a ring-pull to it!
Open up the can and of course you are met with a rather fishy smell, nothing you wouldn't expect though from a fish product eh?! Inside the can you get about 3 fillets. Length ways you get the sort of main body part of the fish. No skin, no bones and the fish is grey and whitish to the middle of it. It's fleshy and tasty, well seasoned and is quite a strong tasting fish.
The tomato sauce coats the lot of the fish and that tomato sauce is rather thick, red and plain as in simply being a tomato smooth sauce that is well seasoned and what I do like about that is there is plenty of it.
Great served with salad.... even better in my opinion put on golden toast, mashed up and put under the grill for a minute or so and whether you like it or not you can't deny that this is a very high quality product indeed!
Nutritional Information Per 100g Of Product:
Energy: 101 Kcal
of which sugars: 1.2g
of which saturates: 0.6g
Available in all good supermarkets etc, for the smaller can expect to pay around 45p and the larger about 70p
'Glenrick Pacific Pilchards" - in Tomato sauce.
Now I have to begin by saying that when I first saw that my wife had bought these and they were lurking in the cupboard I frowned and thought "What the hell".
I personally am not big on fish; I never have been and probably never will be no matter how much people tell me there good for me. Usually if you say, "Fish and Chips", I say "no, no, no, sausage and chips"
So imagine my horror when my wife reached past my shoulder and pulled the tin out, stating that she was going to make me a pilchard sandwich. I literally shuddered in disgust.
Even as she opened the tin and emptied them onto the plate, stating how she had had them for years and they were delicious, I was not convinced.
After a fair amount of "Nope", "Never", I was finally forced to sit at the dining table with a pilchard sandwich smack bang in front of me. Fortunately, there were no tears, I can at least say that!
Now you may think that my wife could get a part in a horror torture movie, or she just plain hates me, but if I'm truthful, I'm not exactly a healthy eater. So this was part a many attempts at getting me to eat something high in a value other than fat!
For what felt like an eternity, the sandwich slowly made its way to my mouth, very slowly! Upon entering, I almost retched, not from the taste, but from me over exaggerating things to my other half.
After a little bit of a chew, I couldn't believe what had happened. I actually liked what I was eating! The fish tasted good, as did the tomato sauce that it was immersed in.
I don't know if fish of this type is good in general, as I still am a nightmare for the stuff and have just kept to eating this particular type. I have found that these pilchards are now one of my favourites and always have them in the cupboard. I have also eaten them with salads since the sandwich scenario.
If this makes sense, the fish doesn't taste too fishy??? What I mean is, it isn't overly powerful with the taste, and I actually found them quite mellow. The sauce they are in is really tasty too, it's not watery, or particularly thick and does have a rich taste too it (what I would call......a funky taste)
Although my wife said that they can have small bones in them, I personally very rarely find any. And the ones I do find just disintegrate easily.
You can get these in 2 size's, I get the 155g size which costs around 35 pence depending on where you buy it and it holds 4 pilchards. I believe the 425g size costs about £0.85 - £1.10.
Nutritional info per 100g
Cal - 125
Energy - 522kj
Protein - 13.2g
Carb - 3.6g
Fat - 6.9g
Fibre - 1.1g
These are particular high in Omega 3.
This review is for the Pilchards in tomato sauce.
As a none fish lover, I actually recommend these!
I'll be honest, I don't think I'm the target consumer for this product. As a 19 year old, and I flatter myself, fairly contemporary full time student, pilchards in tomato sauce are something most of my friends recoil at. However, I must say, I'm hooked. They're perfect for sandwhiches, (I recommend partnering witha wholemeal seeded bread) and for such a modest price (37p for 155g) they're not only good for your body, but great for your wallet too!
I'm a health conscious type, so it's worth mentioning the benefits of this largely underated product, it's low in calorie and fat, and full of those essentiall oils that we're always being lectured about! They taste amazing too, if you like tinned salmon then this is a product you should love! As far as I know, the pilchard is in no danger of becoming extinct soon, so you can enjoy this canned treat without any worry about long term enviromental damage. Just as well really, I get through three cans a week.
Glenryck Pacific Pilchards in tomato sauce are a relatively new addition to my kitchen cupboards. My husband had told me many times over the years, how he used to really enjoy pilchards on toast while he was living at home with his mum and dad and also during his cash strapped student days. Being a bit of a fussy fish eater, I typically screwed up my nose when he described them, as it didn't sound very appealing and far too fishy for me.
Fast forward a few years we had a gorgeous little girls and I was reading through my baby cook books and trying to gain a good understanding of my little girls nutritional requirements. Omega 3 and Protein were things that appeared over and over and my husband suggested that I try her with some Pilchards.
On one of the rare occasions he joined me to to the supermarket he pointed out the bright red little tin to me, which although is quite distinctive it was still quite difficult to find as they were stacked on the lower shelves of my local Tescos. I had no recollection of seeing this product before so i'm not sure if I would have spotted it if I had been on my own, so be sure to ask for it if you are having trouble. The pilchards are available in either brine or a tomato sauce, we opted for the tomato sauce as these were my husbands favourites and we thought our daughter would probably prefer them this way.
Anyway my husband put about 6 cans in the trolley which I was surpised at but then I spotted how incredibly cheap they are.... about 37p for a 155g!! Bargain when you compare it to tinned mackerel, salmon or tuna.
My husband showed me what to do with them, after you open the tin, you will see about 3 pilchards, you then simply need to slice down the middle to pull out the spine bones. This sounds fiddly but really it's easy to do and only takes a couple of seconds. I then popped them in a saucepan, heated them up and then served them on toast. It really couldn't be any easier. I tasted them, and to be honest being the fussy fish eater that I am, they were not my cup of tea as the taste is quite strong and this made me unsure whether my daughter would eat them. I needn't have worried, she polished them off first try and they have now become one of her favourite meals, which is great for me on days when I am in a bit of a rush but I want her to have something nutritious and tasty.
The Glenryck Pilchards contain no artificial additives or preservatives
Pacific Pilchard (60%), Tomato Juice from Concentrate (38%), Salt, Maize Starch, Thickener (Guar Gum).
nutrient per 100g
Energy kCal 101 kCal
Energy kJ 422 kJ
Protein 18.9 g
Carbohydrate 2.5 g
of which sugars 1.2 g
Fat 2.8 g
of which saturates 0.6 g
Fibre 1.1 g
Sodium 0.4 g
Glenryck Pilchards in tomato sauce are produced by Glenryck foods. I always have several tins in my kitchen cupboard and find that they make a very quick and tasty snack.
Glenryck Pilchards are delicious served hot or cold, either simply on toast or with a fresh salad. Personally I especially like them on toast (brown bread). The pilchards are smothered in a delicious tomato sauce. You can also get them in brine but I prefer the tomato. They make a simple, cheap, nutritious and nourishing meal.
The only downside is that you are required to take out the bones down the centre of the fish once you have split them open. i didn't use to like doing this job and it used to put me off eating them so i got my husband to do it for me! However, I have since overcome this aversion and now happily prepare them myself...
On the can it states that Glenryck pilchards are of the finest quality and freshly caught from the ocean for canning. In terms of value for money ' Glenryck pilchards provide more first-class protein than does beef steak."
It is also claimed that Glenryck Pilchards contain more calcium than cow's milk. A serving of the pilchards can provide 33% of the recommended daily intake for calcium. (One can contains four servings).
South Atlantic Pilchards (64%), Tomato juice from concentrate (34.7%), Salt, Modified Maize Starch, Thickener - Guar Gum, Spices.
Free From Artificial Preservatives
Free From Additives
Typical value per 100g
of which : Typical value per 100g
- Sugars 1.3g
of which : Typical value per 100g
- Saturates 1.7g
- Polyunsaturates 1.2g
of which "Omega-3" 1.1g
Other minerals that pilchards contain are phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sodium and chlorine, potassium, copper, iodine, manganese, selenium and Zinc. (Zn)
Oily fish such as Glenryck pilchards provide many health benefits. They are high in first class proteins and as a source of oils. Oily fish store most of their oil within the muscular flesh.
It is widely known now that omega 3 oils in the diet are beneficial to all ages. Some recent processed products have contrived their recipes to include such oils which have been obtained from a refined source.
Why do some people choose to buy expensive and highly processed products to obtain omega 3 oils when they are found naturally in good amounts in Glenryck Pilchards!
Oily fish is the best source of omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids have been shown to help protect against coronary heart disease.
Some omega 3 fatty acids are found in certain vegetable oils, such as linseed, flaxseed, walnut and rapeseed, but these aren't the same type of fatty acids as those found in fish and recent evidence suggests that the type of fatty acids found in vegetable sources may not have the same benefits as those in fish.
Nutritionists and physicians carrying out research during the 1960's to 1970's found that people whose diets were high in fat and cholesterol were more at risk from heart diseases. They were puzzled, however, to find that the Inuit (Eskimo) peoples living in Greenland contradicted these findings since they not only ate a lot of fat but more cholesterol too yet did not suffer from heart disease in the same way that westerners do.
The main difference was that their intake of oils and fats were mainly derived from fish and marine mammals that fed on fish. Researchers eventually deduced that it is the types of fatty acids eaten, not the amount alone, which is critical to the effects on human health. The Food Standards Agency has recommended that it is beneficial to eat oily fish at least on a weekly basis.
The omega 3 fatty acids are essential to life at every stage. They are found in the membrane of every cell in the body. They are also used in the regulation of all biological functions, including those of the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune and nervous systems. Optimum health can only be achieved when sufficient omega 3s are obtained from diet.
The evidence suggests that eating 3g weekly or 0.45g daily, long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, as part of a healthy lifestyle, helps maintain heart health.
So next time you are in the supermarket head for the canned pilchards section. They are currently on offer in Sainsbury's and have been reduced from 62p to 46p for a 425g can! Get them while you can...
Sardines and pilchards are very similar species of shoaling pelagic fish. They do however belong to different genuses (species). Sardines are mostly the species Sardina, whereas pilchards are mostly the species Sardinops.