North Coast Seafoods Jumbo Crabmeat
These wild blue crabs are caught off the coasts of Indonesia's Maluku Islands; the producer immediately steams them for freshness and hand-picks the unbroken muscles connected to the crabs' swimming legs, so each can has large chunks of meat as opposed to the shredded, pulpy stuff from the supermarket. You'll absolutely love North Coast's delicate, buttery-sweet and clean flavor. MUST ORDER MINIMUM OF 2 POUNDS (ANY COMBINATION OF SEAFOOD). ALL SEAFOOD SHIPS WITHIN 2 BUSINESS DAYS VIA OVERNIGHT SHIPPING FOR A FLAT RATE OF $30. FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING ON SEAFOOD ORDERS OF 6 POUNDS OR MORE. (Note: Other Milk Street FREE Standard Shipping offers DO NOT apply to these items). More FRESH seafood offerings here.
Net Weight: 1-pound can
MUST ORDER MINIMUM OF 2 POUNDS (ANY COMBINATION OF SEAFOOD). ALL SEAFOOD SHIPS WITHIN 2 BUSINESS DAYS VIA OVERNIGHT SHIPPING FOR A FLAT RATE OF $30. FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING ON SEAFOOD ORDERS OF 6 POUNDS OR MORE. (Note: Other Milk Street FREE Standard Shipping offers DO NOT apply to these items). More FRESH seafood offerings here.
Olasagasti Anchovies a la Basque
If you think about the typical can of anchovy fillets that you expect to cook with, these are radically different. While many tinned anchovies from supermarkets and even from specialty grocers can be overly salty, oily and fishy, these succulent whole fish taste clean and bright, with an extra boost of flavor that comes from their golden olive oil marinade. Bold, yet not overpowering, the marinade gets an aromatic boost from a whole cayenne pepper and whole clove of garlic, while wine vinegar adds an extra tang that takes it to another level. Yet the fresh flavor of the fish still shines. Olasagasti’s anchovies are caught at their peak every spring and are tender, yet toothsome, yielding a satisfying chew before melting in your mouth. Like other tinned fish, the spine is present and can be removed if you choose, but the canning process makes it brittle and soft enough that it’s completely edible—you won’t notice it.
Conservas de Cambados Mussels from Galicia in Escabeche (Pickled Sauce)
Plump. Meaty. Bright. These cooked whole mussels are the perfect balance between firm enough to hold their shape and tender enough to feel buttery on the palate—not chewy like other inferior brands. Their naturally orange color is intensified from the bold and zingy escabeche sauce, which seems to include a good amount of not-too-smokey Spanish paprika. The flavor of the mussels themselves is lightly briny, with a delicate ocean character, which is rounded out by the marinade’s aromatic kick. Bay leaves add a nice herbal flavor, but what truly sets these mussels apart is the addition of wine. We tried another brand that didn’t have both wine and vinegar in its marinade, just vinegar, and it had no where near the complexity of these. The wine coaxes out the paprika flavors nicely, adding a dash of fruity sweetness along the way.
Conservas de Cambados Small Sardines in Olive Oil
These petite whole sardines (with the heads removed) are just under two inches long, but their small stature doesn’t equal a lack of flavor. Elegant, clean and tasting lightly of the sea, these sardines have no trace of the pungent fishiness and unpleasant unctuousness that store bought versions often have. Their meaty texture is the perfect compliment to the silky richness that the olive oil gives the fish, lightly coating each one and helping to carry their flavor. And as with other whole tinned fish, there are still spines inside. They are easy to scrape out, but are made soft and brittle enough during the normal processing that they are barely noticeable when eaten.
Olasagasti Anchovy Fillets in Olive Oil
Caught at their peak each spring in the chilly waters of the Cantabrian sea, the flavor and texture of these fillets might convert even the staunchest anchovy hater. Pleasantly plump and meaty, these have an intensely savory flavor and a nearly buttery quality, both in the smooth richness of their flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture. You’re left with an uncommon, lingering umami and faint taste of the ocean. One of our biggest gripes with store-bought anchovy fillets is the mealy, pasty texture they can often take on, so we were pleased that these have a firm, yet richly succulent character to them. These are also boneless.
CS Fishery Oregon Albacore Tuna
Unlike supermarket tuna, which can be mealy or soggy, CS Fishery's product is wonderfully dense and flaky—you can tell this is tuna meat. The fresh, mild and meaty fish is packed in olive oil and seasoned with Jacobsen sea salt, made from the same waters from which the fish are caught. This is premium American tuna—with a clear supply chain—at a reasonable price.
Azienda Agricola Caravaglio Capers in Wine Vinegar
Plump, crisp and mouth-wateringly briny, these capers are an elevated version of the popular pantry staple. Many caper varietals are packed in salt, but the vinegar gives them a pleasant pickle-like quality. These capers in particular have a burst of fruity and floral flavor that makes for a more nuanced bite (that might just change the mind of any caper hater you know). A subtle sweetness balances the tangy vinegar flavor as well. The buds are about medium sized, so you get a juicy pop of flavor, but small enough that you don’t have to chop them up if you don’t want to. Plus, the lovely brine can be used on its own once you finish the jar in vinaigrettes and more.
Azienda Agricola Caravaglio Capers in Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Harvested on the Aeolian Islands off Sicily’s northeastern coast, these plump, meaty capers are a world apart from the usual tiny nonpareils. Picked and preserved in olive oil flavored with oregano, bay and vinegar, they pack a bright, balanced herbal flavor—none of the sharpness of most capers. Try them in salads, pasta sauces or even pizza.
Flahavan's Irish Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Grown and traditionally milled in Ireland, these oats have a hearty texture, with a pleasant, tender chew from the barely cut oat berries. They cook up creamy thanks to the starch content, and though the oatmeal becomes stickier as it cools, it's never gluey like some versions that have a lot of powdery filler. We love how Flahavan's oats have a nutty, toasty depth of flavor on their own and taste equally delicious whether you pair them with berries and fruit, warming brown sugar or rich nut butters.
Bacalaos Alkorta Cod Fillets in Olive Oil
Wild cod fillets, sourced from the pristine northeastern reaches of the Atlantic Ocean, are gently poached in olive oil until they are tender and flaky—but never mushy. We love their sweet, succulent flavor: Even though no butter goes into their preparation, the fillets have a buttery richness you won't find in other preserved (or even fresh) cod. Family-run company Bacalaos Alkorta, based on the Basque coast of Spain, packs them in high-quality olive oil that gives the usually lean fish a wonderful lusciousness and imparts distinct grassy-fruity notes. Try these cod fillets as an upgrade to canned tuna in any recipe, but especially for niçoise salads and pasta—cod is both a lighter-tasting option, as it has a more delicate flavor than tuna, as well as a richer option thanks to the silky olive oil. Or make a simple and delicious open-faced sandwich: Spread a few forkfuls of cod on a hearty rye or baguette with a sprinkle of salt, chopped fresh herbs, a splash of lemon juice and peppery shaved radish.
Stauds Pickled Garlic
Austrian producer Staud's unique Pickled Garlic has a fresh, raw garlic pungency without the harsh bite; rather, the garlic is tempered by a touch of sweetness and acidity from brandy vinegar. Pickled Garlic has all the convenience and clean, true flavor of a jar of minced garlic, with the added perk that it stays fresher for longer. Use as you would regular garlic, especially in raw applications such as salad dressings which benefit from the mellowed-out flavor. Since 1883, the Staud family has been selling sweet and sour pickles at Brunnenmarkt, one of Vienna's largest open-air markets. An Austrian classic, the brand can be recognized by its iconic octagonal glass jars and black lids.
- Net Weight: 228 grams
- Ingredients: Garlic, brandy vinegar (pure fermented vinegar), sugar, salt, onions, hot peppers, pepper, citric acid
- Place of Origin: Austria
Stauds Pickled Silver Onions
Austrian producer Staud's Pickled Silver Onions have a bright and mellow onion flavor, pleasant tang and superb texture—they're never mushy or soggy but rather satisfyingly crunchy. The family company adds sweet and herbal tarragon for a delicate secondary note to complement the onions' natural sweetness. They can be used just like fresh cipollini onions and are far more convenient since they're already peeled (anyone who's tried peeling a fresh pearl or cipollini onion knows it can be a hassle). Plus, they last longer in the fridge than fresh onions that might sprout or spoil. Since 1883, the Staud family has been selling sweet and sour pickles at Brunnenmarkt, one of Vienna's largest open-air markets. An Austrian classic, the brand can be recognized by its iconic octagonal glass jars and black lids.
- Net Weight: 228 grams
- Ingredients: Onions, brandy vinegar (pure fermented vinegar), sugar, salt, pepper, estragon (tarragon), mustard seeds, potassium metabisulphite
- Place of Origin: Austria
Bona Furtuna Stuffed Peppers with Tuna
A traditional antipasti from Sicily made with carefully sourced ingredients, this tasty bite has juicy, tender, fruity pepper flavor and a hint of spice in every juicy bite. Savory tuna complements, but doesn’t overpower the pepper flavor. The other flavors (a bit of tomato, the extra bit of brine from capers, the tang of the vinegar) round everything out really nicely. The peppers are chubby and round and stuffed with smooth tuna, with a meaty green olive on top. They’re packed in oil, which as taken on a slight red-orange hue from the red of the peppers.