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I bought some of these a while ago to eat while my husband is at work, as I find it difficult cooking for one person and someone recommended these to me, saying that they were quite tasty and very good for you. A tin this size costs about 90p, I think you can get alternative sauces, but I went for tomato as it's the most common. I like fish, but had no idea what to expect when I opened the tin, I thought they might look a bit like anchovies but that wasn't the case at all. Inside the tin was about 4 or 5 massive chunks of fish, they looked really big to how I had imagined them. The tin comes with a really handy ring pull, I think if you did open this type of thing with a tin opener it would go everywhere. I had no idea how to cook these, and I couldn't have eaten them cold, they just didn't look very appetising at all.I couldn't find any instructions on the packet, so I just popped them in a microwaveable container, mashed it up and heated it for 30 seconds. I had to mash it up, as I could see the bones, I know they are edible but seeing them was really putting me off, I felt a lot more at ease after mashing them. 30 seconds was more than enough heat for them, and I cut a piece of toast in half and made a sort of toasted sandwich. The sardines actually tasted a lot better than I thought they would, the tomato sauce was pleasant enough and went quite well with the fish, but after how much everyone had raved about these I just couldn't get too excited, they basically taste like fish and tomato, it's nothing special. I don't think I will be buying these again, as I just can't get past how they look. I know that's weird but I like my food to look appetising, and these just look like little fillets of bony fish with a red sauce over the top, and they don't taste as great as everyone makes out, but maybe that is just down to personal preference. I'm sure loads of people love Sardines, but they just weren't for me.
I love sardines in tomato sauce but I don't like picking the bones out. I'm not one of those people who can merrily mash the bones into the sardines and eat them so in the past I've spent a good 15 minutes carefully pulling out all the bones before I eat the sardines which not only takes time but is messy. When I first saw these John West Boneless Sardines I thought it was brilliant that they'd finally realised we don't like bones! Sardines are rich in omega 3 which is a healthy fat. Omega 3 is good for the skin, brain and eyes, has been found to offer some protection against Alzheimers Disease, reduces heart disease, blood clots, lowers blood pressure, helps the body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K, helps with IBS and other inflammatory bowel conditions, is useful for those with arthritis, asthma, eczema and psoriasis and also helps fight allergies. So as you can see omega 3 is something everyone should ensure they have plenty of in their diet. The sardines come in a 95g tin which when drained apparently is 62g but I don't know who would want to drain off the tomato sauce if they'd bought them in this as they taste so much better in tomato sauce than without! Each can has 156 calories and 9.5g of fat which seems like a high rate of fat but of course as it's the healthy kind of fat that your body needs this is perfectly acceptable. I always eat sardines in tomato sauce on toast, spread the contents on a slice of toast and warm it slightly under the grill then sprinkle with black pepper. You could also eat these in a salad or on a jacket potato though, whatever takes your fancy. The sardines are packed tightly in the tin so there's plenty in there and the tomato sauce is very tasty and rich. As for bones, as promised there are none, I've had lots of tins of these boneless sardines and have yet to find a single bone. Anyone who eats sardines will know they have a very strong taste of fish and this goes perfectly with the tomato to create a healthy, tasty snack. This product is available in most supermarkets and costs about 75-80p for a tin which is also cheap as well as healthy. Unless you don't like sardines this boneless version is excellent. Thoroughly recommended for a healthy, tasty, bone-free snack!