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Canned Oysters?

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Created April 10, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Are these still quality food items? I just bought a couple cans of the bumblebee whole oysters and they actually taste pretty good.

One other question though... in cooked oysters, are they usually dark green inside? I've only had oysters like once before, so I really don't know. The ones that are more plump especially, have a decent amount of this green inside. They taste and smell ok.

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11682 · September 02, 2012 at 2:12 AM

It's still better than 100% seed oil. I had a water one the other day, it wasn't smoked so it wasn't as good in taste.

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10919 · September 02, 2012 at 1:31 AM

I don't trust canned foods with "olive oil" 70% of olive oil isn't even real olive oil so you can bet that cheap canned goods aren't using the real stuff. I'd get water packed only if I were you.

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10176 · September 01, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Stick with smoked oysters and you won't go wrong.

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11682 · September 01, 2012 at 8:27 PM

The good thing about TJ's oysters (they're out of them now btw) is that they're in olive oil. All other ones I've seen are in seed oil.

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8933 · September 01, 2012 at 7:38 PM

iHerb sells them...

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8933 · September 01, 2012 at 7:37 PM

For some reason they taste like poopoo now. My tastebuds are little rebels.

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141 · April 11, 2012 at 2:12 AM

OK... here's the important part: Read the ingredients and check out the MEDIUM its packed in. Is it brine or some kind of oil. If its cottonseed oil, forget it. Any kind of hydrogenated veggie oil or corn oil or canola oil. Forget it. I empathize with you on this because I have always loved those little cans of party snack smoked oysters, clams, roe, anchovies and so forth. Its the chemistry that can mess it up as a viable source of protein. Too bad 'cause there's nothing tastier with a little wine.

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4080 · April 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I discovered the green inside and haven't been able to stomach another can for the past week. I need to get that image out of my head first!

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5509 · April 10, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Where do you get yours? I'm in the U.S. I remember going on their site a while ago... http://www.crownprince.com/bpa-free-cans.htm Maybe it's not updated? I don't see oysters on the list.

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8933 · April 10, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Crown Prince has BPA-free cans. The things are delicious, the oysters improved my skin on my hands and face, improved my body temperature and my sleep. I ate 3 cans already :).

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8933 · April 10, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Why not? They have adequate copper that balance it. On the other hand, they have a lot of iron too.

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11682 · April 10, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Yeah, Trader Joe's canned oysters are green inside too. They are very nutritious, but they have about 800% RDA of zinc in one can, so don't have them everyday.

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11682 · September 02, 2012 at 2:12 AM

It's still better than 100% seed oil. I had a water one the other day, it wasn't smoked so it wasn't as good in taste.

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10919 · September 02, 2012 at 1:31 AM

I don't trust canned foods with "olive oil" 70% of olive oil isn't even real olive oil so you can bet that cheap canned goods aren't using the real stuff. I'd get water packed only if I were you.

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11682 · September 01, 2012 at 8:27 PM

The good thing about TJ's oysters (they're out of them now btw) is that they're in olive oil. All other ones I've seen are in seed oil.

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8933 · April 10, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Why not? They have adequate copper that balance it. On the other hand, they have a lot of iron too.

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8933 · April 10, 2012 at 6:37 AM

You can find this quote on the website of Crown Prince :

The green color in oysters is actually not an abnormal color. During the harvesting season, the oysters are still growing and ingest a large amount of plankton while they are still lean. This makes the "green feeds" visible through their outer skin.

I also made a call to them to ask how long they keep in the fridge : the answer is 2 days. Oysters are delicious!

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10176 · September 01, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Stick with smoked oysters and you won't go wrong.

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8933 · September 01, 2012 at 7:37 PM

For some reason they taste like poopoo now. My tastebuds are little rebels.

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4080 · April 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I discovered the green inside and haven't been able to stomach another can for the past week. I need to get that image out of my head first!

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5160 · September 02, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Oysters are ok to kill and eat, even if you're a vegetarian or vegan because they can't feel pain.

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10176 · September 01, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Most of the oysters I eat are bottled uncooked in brine. Goose Point yearlings are the best.

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10 · September 01, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I used to get bumble bee smoked oysters but i recently discovered Walmart's generic brand called Great Value and it's just as good as the name brand, AND cheaper! I eat about 3 to 4 cans a week with my salad.

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633 · April 10, 2012 at 7:37 AM

We eat the Trader Joe's oysters several times a week. We like TJ's because their cans are BPA free.

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5509 · April 10, 2012 at 6:40 AM

I love oysters. I guess the only thing I'd be concerned about is BPA-lining.

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8933 · September 01, 2012 at 7:38 PM

iHerb sells them...

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5509 · April 10, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Where do you get yours? I'm in the U.S. I remember going on their site a while ago... http://www.crownprince.com/bpa-free-cans.htm Maybe it's not updated? I don't see oysters on the list.

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8933 · April 10, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Crown Prince has BPA-free cans. The things are delicious, the oysters improved my skin on my hands and face, improved my body temperature and my sleep. I ate 3 cans already :).

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11557 · April 10, 2012 at 1:25 AM

The green is the guts, they give that oyster oomph to the flavour. I love oysters as a source of zinc and iron, have them once or twice a week to get plenty o' minerals. I like plain canned oysters as a nice stew and smoked oysters as wrapped in bacon. When I make sardine paddies, I usually throw a few chopped up oysters in there for extra flavour.

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