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foreverhungry Jun 8, 2011 09:17 AM

A couple months ago, I saw packaged sardines for sale somewhere in the MSP area. It looked like they were about 1 pound packages. Whole fish, head to tail. Plastic packaging, with some blue on it. For the life of me, I can't remember where I saw them. Can anyone help?

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    ilikepeas Jun 8, 2011 11:11 AM

    Not sure where that was, but I know Coastal sells frozen whole sardines. I don't believe it is possible to get fresh sardines here in the midwest.

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      foreverhungry Jun 8, 2011 11:37 AM

      Yes, sorry, I misspoke. I meant frozen. Coastal. That must be it. Thank you!

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        Db Cooper Jun 8, 2011 01:24 PM

        It is Coastal.

        Be forewarned that they are not cleaned. However, it's a fairly easy process of slicing the underside of the fish and washing out the undesirables.

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          foreverhungry Jun 8, 2011 01:48 PM

          Excellent info! Thank you. I'm looking forward to grilling some sardines this weekend!

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            Db Cooper Jun 9, 2011 12:47 PM

            For what it is worth, I'd recommend stuffing them with some lemon, minced shallot, fresh herbs (thyme and oregano are my favorites), salt+pepper, and a little minced garlic. They seem to turn out pretty well that way.

            Remember to thaw them out too. I forgot that part when I made them. Microwave thawed fish......not so good. The 2nd batch the next day were much better.

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