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RumiDude
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PostWed Jan 23, 2019 1:41 pm 
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One of the more difficult things for me is to find a good source of protein + good fat for on the trail. And by good fat I mean mono- and poly- unsaturated fats with a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids. I tried some sardines but haven't found any I like for the trail. Recently I found a pack of these kippered herring which I enjoyed immensely. I am planning to get some and use for on the trail. They can be eaten in a wrap of sorts with whatever. They can also be put in a soup or with mashed potatoes. They are smoked and only have salt added. If it matters, they are also Kosher. The remaining can is very light, though I neglected to weigh it afterwards.

Anyway, just thought I would throw this out there for those trying to add health stuff to your trail food bag.

Rumi

PS: In case you are wondering, kippered basically means a cleaned and butterflied fish, with the bones removed. So no heads or bones to deal with.

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PostWed Jan 23, 2019 4:04 pm 
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finding a good brand can be a challenge.
taste ranges from "ugh!" to "wow! these are really good!" and everything in between.

try Trader Joes. try obscure delicatessens.
trial and error stuff.

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PostWed Jan 23, 2019 4:58 pm 
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These are the ones I prefer, I always have a can in the cupboard.


I would recommend you carry a sealable plastic bag for the empty can, it stinks to high heaven and if you don't bag it all the local bears will follow you home.  paranoid.gif
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PostThu Jan 24, 2019 9:13 am 
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That's my only issue with cans of fish on longer trips. Even when sealed in plastic the smell of fish residue in the can be pungent after a couple of days on the trail. frown.gif  I will mostly save it for the last day of a trip when I know I'll be headed home or consume on day hikes.

It really is an excellent source of protein.

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PostThu Jan 24, 2019 3:55 pm 
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Those "Golden Smoked" kippers are great!
Some brands have a weird chemical taste rather than a nice smoked flavor. Like some railroad ties went into the smoker...?
I also like high quality sardines packed in olive oil, but they are usually a little costly.
Tiny Tots, King Oscar...
Oh, and Vienna Sausages too, even if they are bad for you.

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PostThu Jan 24, 2019 9:31 pm 
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On thru hikes we usually put a can of sardines at a resupply where there is a place to drop garbage. After a week or two on the trail they are ambrosia especially in oil. May be nordic heritage.

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PostThu Jan 24, 2019 11:47 pm 
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I've really started to like canned sardines. Must be that Scandinavian blood....Alex French Guy Cooking has a bunch of sardine recipes.  More for home than backpacking.     I like them plain on buttered sourdough bread....yum!   Kippers are good too.   But yea, with the smelly can, they're best later in a trip.

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