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Seafood Cocktail opinions

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Created August 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM

I saw this giant jar of "Seafood Cocktail with Bell Peppers" at my Costco and bought it on impulse. I've never eaten anything like it--I guess it's a Mediterranean food, as it says "Product of Italy" on the bottom. The ingredients are "Sunflower Oil, Squids, Cuttlefish, Bell Peppers, Octopus, Shrimp, Mussels, Wine Vinegar, Salt, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Ascorbic Acid, Lemon Juice." Does all the healthy fish offset the fact that it's bathing in sunflower oil? Is the fish heavily processed in a marinated product such as this? Is it better or worse than traditional canned fish?

The pros I see are that I'm eating Octupus, Squid, and Cuttlefish, things I'd never eat otherwise, so it gives me good variety of seafood. But are these the best types of seafoods to be eating? It has lots of red bell peppers, but I eat those all the time anyways.

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on August 27, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Gewurztraminer or GTFO. ;) Here in the South, moscato is the wine of choice when rednecks get tired of drinking Arbor Mist. Riesling is still borderline respectable.

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on August 27, 2012
at 02:05 AM

4g of fat per serving, so it's right on the cusp of your recommendation. I'll definitely eat it, since I bought it and I like it. But I honestly never thought about making it myself. I'll definitely give that a try. And of course I'll go with a Chardonnay as well :)

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on August 27, 2012
at 12:47 AM

What? Are you taking a stab at Chardonnay as somehow de classe or bourgeois? No way, that's riesling. Classic never goes out of style. I prefer a dry chardonnay or sauvignon blanc with any seafood dish... that is, when I'm trying to be on my best behavior.

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on August 27, 2012
at 12:37 AM

I do not know what that means.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 27, 2012
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Chardonnay is the "mur-lot" of the white wine kingdom. ;)

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on August 27, 2012
at 12:01 AM

I'd just drink the bottle of Chardonnay that I paired it with and call it a night.

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on August 26, 2012
at 11:57 PM

I like this answer. Also, if I did choose to eat it, I would rinse off the excess oil from the pieces before I ate them, and probably not eat a whole lot at once.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on August 26, 2012
at 11:53 PM

Personally, I would not purchase/eat it, but...

Since all of those fish are low-no fat options, you could look at the grams of fat per serving/jar. If there's more than 5g of fat per serving, I would guess that the majority of that fat is coming from sunflower oil. If there's 1-3g of fat per serving, then it might be split between sunflower and seafood.

Since you already bought it, I'd say eat if < 3g fat/serving (cause you can probably guess that not a lot of oil was added) and do NOT eat if > 3g fat/serving.

Do NOT purchase again.

For future reference, you can make something similar at home very easily. Just get a frozen seafood blend at TJs or WF, sautee in coconut oil, toss into bowl of ice water for 3 mints, and then dump the seafood into a big bowl of salsa. Serve with avocado and sour cream. mmm.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 26, 2012
at 11:57 PM

I like this answer. Also, if I did choose to eat it, I would rinse off the excess oil from the pieces before I ate them, and probably not eat a whole lot at once.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 27, 2012
at 12:22 AM

Chardonnay is the "mur-lot" of the white wine kingdom. ;)

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

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on August 27, 2012
at 02:05 AM

4g of fat per serving, so it's right on the cusp of your recommendation. I'll definitely eat it, since I bought it and I like it. But I honestly never thought about making it myself. I'll definitely give that a try. And of course I'll go with a Chardonnay as well :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 27, 2012
at 12:01 AM

I'd just drink the bottle of Chardonnay that I paired it with and call it a night.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 27, 2012
at 12:37 AM

I do not know what that means.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 27, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Gewurztraminer or GTFO. ;) Here in the South, moscato is the wine of choice when rednecks get tired of drinking Arbor Mist. Riesling is still borderline respectable.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 27, 2012
at 12:47 AM

What? Are you taking a stab at Chardonnay as somehow de classe or bourgeois? No way, that's riesling. Classic never goes out of style. I prefer a dry chardonnay or sauvignon blanc with any seafood dish... that is, when I'm trying to be on my best behavior.

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on August 27, 2012
at 12:21 AM

I probably wouldn't eat it. On the scale of bad things, this is probably not THAT bad... But, seafood cocktail is so easy to make, and fresh seafood is so delicious... why would this appeal to you?

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on August 26, 2012
at 11:53 PM

Not a chance dude. Throw it away, that's WAY worse than canned fish.

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