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Mar 26, 2008 10:26 AM

Trader Joe's Canned Smoked Trout - Back in May!

This is my favorite canned food. Period. Imagine my disappointment when I stopped seeing it on store shelves early this year! I knew I should have stocked up!!! I emailed today to see if it will ever be back, and Marci from customer relations gave me good news. It's should be back by April or May! Awesome!!! I am planning on buying at least 20 cans, just to make sure I have enough in the event that they pull it off shelves for a few months again (obsess much?). I shudder to think what would happen if it were discontinued indefinitely. I might be able to make 20 cans last for 6 months, but that would be pushing it. After that, I don't know what I would do. I hear that a German company named Appel Feinkost is the manufacturer, but in my local grocery, I can only find their herring. Hopefully, they are having a problem with the supply (out of season), and not the supplier, because It would be a shame if the product changed in any way. This fish is perfect. It has a nice balance between smokey and salty, and it's only mildly "fishy". I love the ingredient list: trout fillets, canola oil, salt, smoke. Since it's listed, I think they use liquid smoke, but I could care less. I've eaten some "fresh" (not right out of the smokehouse, but high-end grocery store brand) smoked salmon which I enjoyed much less than these little canned gems, and I LOVE smoked salmon. That is how good it is. Well, the next time I can make it up to TJ's is either at the end of April, or the beginning of May. Let's hope for the best!

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  1. I am totally with you on the smoked trout! Just bought six more cans last Monday.
    It is the perfect snack/lunch. Healthy protein, low-fat and no issues with mercury. (I love canned tuna too, but can't have it more than once a week).
    Where are you? I am in SF, CA and we went through the out-of-stock deal sometime last year, but it's been readily available recently.
    Want me to send you some:)

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    1. re: rabaja

      I saw them at the Rockridge, CA location today too, so hopefully they will be back in your local TJ's soon. Sadly, the tuna in green curry (my favorite out of their Thai curry packets) has been discontinued though. :(

      1. re: dreamsicle

        thanks for the recommendation. i love smoked trout, but have never had it canned. will look here in n. va.

      2. re: rabaja

        Thanks for the offer, but I'm fasting for lent (orthodox), so I won't be able to eat regular (non shellfish) fish until the 27th of next month (Easter). I hope by then, my local TJ's will have it in stock.

        1. re: rabaja

          I've got my fingers crossed...Is your offer to send some of the smoked trout still good? I'm in Sun Valley, Nevada and I too was totally disheartened to find it discontinued from Trader Joe's here in Reno, NV. If your offer is still good i'd sure be willing to do some dealing with you for shipping/handling/payment for however many cans your willing to send me...I do love their smoked trout, I sure agree with all that madgreek said about it. Thank you for considering my request and for making your offer...hope to hear from you soon.

        2. So a perhaps silly question - but how do you eat this? Just straight out of the can? On a sandwich? Sounds interesting and I'm a TJ's fan so I'm sure this will catch my eye next time I'm there...

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          1. re: cpierce_indy

            I've found that it has such a clean flavor, it is great to eat straight out of the can. There are many recipes I have found that it would work with, though. Actually, I had it in a sandwich a few times with some cream cheese and green onion (any member of the allium family would work, really) . I think that it can be used in most any recipe that you would use smoked salmon in. Try it! You will love it!

            1. re: madgreek

              Hmmm... Sounds good. Looking forward to trying it. Thanks for the tips!

          2. I'm intrigued... I have never noticed it at my TJ's, but will look for it on my next trip. Since it is in a can, it it like canned-tuna consistency? Could you serve it as some sort of appetizer? Sounds yummy.

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            1. re: Tehama

              Is it in a container like tuna or a container like sardines??

              1. re: toncasmo

                It's like sardine can, but bigger. See the one on the lower right.


                1. re: madgreek

                  i just bought some there but a different brand or at least the can looks different.....

                  1. re: toncasmo

                    If you bought it at TJ's it shoule be a pale blue tin, with white lettering.

                    1. re: toncasmo

                      I was told by the store manager of the Woodmere, OH, that there was the possibility of a different supplier, but I think you probably have the same kind I've been talking about. What I buy from TJ's has lettering as described above by rabaja. I showed the picture of the Appel brand to illustrate the shape/construction of the can, since (I believe) they are the supplier.

              2. I always wanted to try this but the sodium content scared me:-)

                1. no comparison to trader joe's canned smoked trout. it is just that awesome! we have been having such on little garlic toasts with a cocktail on sunday afternoons for years now. we too are currently going through withdrawal as our local trader joe's, and we have been to three of them so far in the chicago area, are out of stock. they know us at tj's and just yesterday, we were able to give our name to an employee at the geneva store who is going to set a case aside for us when it returns to the shelf, which we were told it is going to be shortly. whew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!