I purchased some sardines in olive oil recently. There's about 1 - 2 tbsp of olive oil in each can that I've been mashing up with the sardines to eat on top of spinach, carrots, etc. Since I'm not sure about oxidation/whatever bad might happen during the canning process, would it be better for me to get rid of as much of the oil as possible?
I would certainly eat the oil. I try to buy sardines in extra virgin olive oil.
I have to read the labels carefully now though - lots seem to be canned in sunflower oil and I've even seen soy oil!
The fish will be coated with the oil anyway.
If you were to drain the sardines, you might as well just buy the type that comes packed in water. Then you can add your own olive oil to the dish. You're in more control of the ingredients.
Oxidation occurs when oil is exposed to the elements and air. If the sardines are canned properly, the oil stays fresher longer. You should have no problem if you eat the contents before the expiration date on the can. Enjoy your meal!
I heard that the omega 3's can leech into the oil so to consume it all, i now buy canned/lightly grilled sardines that come with a slice of lemon or nothing (salted of course but not overly), they taste amazing
The only other ones id buy are probably the really cheap ones in brine or ones in extra virgin olive oil & eat the lot
Im going to try fresh ones for the first time tomorrow hopefully
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