Shelf Stable Items

These goods from the sea are amazing staples; they support healthy oceans AND have nothing to hide.  There’s no artificial ingredients or additives, nor are they depletive—just delicious and ready at a moment’s notice. As the workhorse of the pantry, items like tinned seafood, bull kelp salsas, and pickled sea cucumbers can be combined to make your favorite meal while healing ocean ecosystems at the same time – all brought to your home with an appreciation for the rich bounty provided by regenerative products from the sea.

JB Anchovies

Anchovy

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Sustainability

Finding sustainable canned anchovies or paste is very hard. You will need to really dig in to find them. European anchovies caught in the Adriatic Sea are a “Good Alternative” because a management plan is now in place for this fishery. The rest of Europe and the world are red listed because the management of the fishery is poor.

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Look for Wild Planet’s anchovy fillets in olive oil, Don Bocarte’s anchovies from Spain, and Ortiz’s anchovies from Spain.

Bart van Olphen, author of “The Tinned Fish Cookbook” and co-founder of Sea Tales, created this line of tinned and fresh “seafood with a story” that is traceable, sustainable, certified by MSC or ASC, and 100% delicious. ⁣⁣Bart has fished, cooked, and lived with fishing communities all over the world so he’s seen firsthand the impact we have on our oceans and is committed to make it easy to find sustainable seafood options.

Calamari

Calamari

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Sustainability

Sustainability: Sustainable squid is very difficult. At present, California market squid caught in California with purse seines is a “Best Choice” or Green from Seafood Watch. It is the only one that I feel comfortable buying!

Recommend

Jose Gourmet offers calamari in ragout from Portugal.

Sustainable Caviar

Caviar

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Clams

Clams

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Sustainability

Shellfish aquaculture is highly sustainable because the environmental impacts are minimal. I look for ones that are locally-sourced if I can and am careful when buying canned to confirm where they come from.

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Bar Harbor Foods (which has been operating in Downeast, Maine since 1917) offers MSC-certified clams that I really love. With their cans, you can have a yummy clam that supports heritage fishers on the East Coast, while supporting ocean health – clams actually help filter the ocean of impurities.⁣

Conservas de Cambados Premium Razor Clams in Brine

Cockles

Cockles

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Cockles farmed worldwide with off-bottom cultures are a “Best Choice” or Green from Seafood Watch. Cockle aquaculture is considered a highly sustainable practice because the environmental impacts are minimal.

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Ramon Peña Cockles in Brine 25/30

Codfish

Codfish

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Sustainability

Pacific Cod is considered very sustainable and fish from Alaska to the Bering Straight are “Best Choice” or Green rated from Seafood Watch. The stock is healthy and considered well-managed! 

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Jose Gourmet offers Codfish in Olive Oil and Garlic from Portugal. 

Trout

Fish Jerkey

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Recommend: I love One for Neptune – these perfect bites of Wild Alaska Pollock and Pacific Rockfish sourced from small-scale US West Coast fisheries. All of their high-protein fish jerky snacks are gluten-free, free of preservatives (including nitrates), dairy-free, and non-GMO.

Geoduck

Geoduck

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Sustainability

The geoduck clam is native to the West Coast, but the largest concentrations are in Washington and British Columbia. In fact, wild geoducks constitute the largest mass of any single species of marine animals in Puget Sound and is farmed in these regions. Pacific geoduck clams farmed on the seafloor in Washington and British Columbia, Canada, are a “Good Alternative.” I love using these wild, delicious members of the clam family in everything from pastas to dips.

Recommend

Wildfish Cannery Smoked Geoduck

Trout

Fish Chips

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I love items like Good Fish Chips because they help save parts of the fish that might otherwise go to waste. ⁣⁣In fact, more than 25% of a fish would typically not be eaten/used for food and would end up in the trash, unless it was used for another type of product such as cosmetics, pet food, or snacks like chips. ⁣These are made from sustainably-caught Alaskan sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay.

Kelp Salsa

Kelp Hot Sauce

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I love this Barnacle Bullwhip Kelp Hot Sauce made with bull kelp and piri piri peppers!

Trout

Kelp Pickles

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These Barnacle Kelp Pickles featuring pickled ocean bull kelp infused with dill, spices, and brine make for a wonderful topping!

Trout

Kelp Salsa

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I love Barnacle’s trio of kelp salsas – Campfire Salsa, Bonfire Salsa, and Sea Verde Salsa!

Lobster

Lobster

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Sustainability

The American lobster has been an important source of heritage shellfish that is significant on so many levels. Lobster caught in the U.S. Gulf of Maine, the U.S. Georges Bank, and Canada is a “Good Alternative.” Entanglement of whales, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, remains a serious concern and is something we have to be aware of.

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Canned from Scout Cannery or smoked and placed in the refrigerator.

Mackerel

Mackerel

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Sustainability

Mackerel, overall, is relatively sustainable. This is based upon proper catch methods. Atlantic Spanish mackerel caught in the U.S. Atlantic is considered a “Best Choice” from Seafood Watch. The stock is healthy, there are generally no serious bycatch concerns, and management is rated highly effective.

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Jose Gourmet offers mackerel from Portugal, and Ortiz provides mackerel from Spain.

Mussels

Mussels

 

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Sustainability

Farmed mussels generally considered a “Best Choice” from Seafood Watch. Mussel aquaculture is considered a highly sustainable practice because the overall environmental impacts of farming plankton-filtering species are minimal and the filterer nature of these important shellfish is so contributive. Know where they come from, enjoy them, and eat them in abundance!

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Scout Cannery also offers delicious smoked mussels, which are the perfect addition for antipasti, soups, and avocado toast. Patagonia Provisions also offers Savory Sofrito Mussels.

Salmon

Salmon

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Sustainability

Look for wild salmon that is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or Aquaculture Stewardship Council – the tins/cans will have a label. If it isn’t marked on the can, I recommend looking it up on the company’s website! 

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Wildfish Cannery Smoked King Salmon

Sardines

Sardines

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Sustainability

Almost all sardines are on Seafood Watch’s “Red” list or “Avoid” list. This is because the stock is depleted, and overfishing has been occurring for decades. In addition, there’s a lack of information about other species that are caught. Sardines are exceptionally important feeder fish for other fish. With the growth of unsustainable aquaculture, primarily salmon, the sardine fisheries are more than 90% depleted. Look for the Marine Stewardship Council (M.S.C.) logo on the tins. When you see this label, it is the only type of sardines that you can trust.

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Jose Gourmet offers smoked sardines from Portugal, and I also like Ramon Peña Sardines with Padron Pepper

Bart van Olphen, author of “The Tinned Fish Cookbook” and co-founder of Sea Tales, created this line of tinned and fresh “seafood with a story” that is traceable, sustainable, certified by MSC or ASC, and 100% delicious. ⁣⁣Bart has fished, cooked, and lived with fishing communities all over the world so he’s seen firsthand the impact we have on our oceans and is committed to make it easy to find sustainable seafood options.

Scallops

Scallops

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Sustainability

Farmed scallops are basically sustainable, landing in the “Yellow-Green” range overall.  Antibiotics and feeds are not used in scallop farming, there’s no effluence, and chemical use and ecosystem impacts are minimal. As with all tinned seafood, know your source and look into where the scallops come from and how impacted they are.

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Ramon Pena offers Small Scallops in Sauce *Silver Line*

Sea Bass

Sea Bass 

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Sustainability

Sea bass is widely available worldwide and varied in its sustainability.  Sea bass is a “Best Choice” when farmed in indoor recirculating tanks with wastewater treatment and a “Good Alternative” when the wastewater isn’t treated. Other “Good Alternative” sources include black seabass caught in the U.S. Atlantic (including the U.S. Gulf of Maine, the U.S. Georges Bank, and Southern New England) and white seabass caught in California. Do not buy any tinned seafood (farmed or wild) that is unclear on the country of origin and how impacted the farm or fishery is.

Recommend

IASA Branzino Grilled Sea Bass in Olive Oil

Kelp Puree

Seaweed Puree

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Ocean’s Balance has the most delicious lemon Kelp Puree.

Trout

Seaweed Puffs

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I’m obsessed with these incredible seaweed snack chips from 12 Tides and use them to “tide” myself over to the next meal. Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, their kelp chips are both nutrient-dense and delicious. Plus, as they say, “kelp is a climate-change superhero.”

Trout

Trout

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Sustainability

Look for lake trout caught in U.S. waters and rainbow trout farmed in the U.S.  Also, look for one of the following “Good Alternative” sources: lake trout from other Great Lakes sources (except Lake Superior’s Wisconsin waters); steelhead caught in Washington’s Humptulips, Queets, Quillayute and Quinault Rivers; and rainbow trout farmed in Chile and Canada. There are a number of fantastic farmed trout, which people have been farming for hundreds of years. Look for tinned trout that is clear about its origin.

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Canned from Scout Cannery or smoked and placed in the refrigerator.

Mini Fish provides a ready-to-eat, gourmet snack featuring sustainably-farmed spring water steelhead trout with fennel, red pepper, pumpkin seeds, turmeric and paprika in a citrus base with a dash of cayenne.

Tuna

Tuna

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Sustainability

Look for the following “Best Choice” sources of tuna caught with trolling lines or handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines: skipjack tuna (a.k.a. light tuna) caught in the East Pacific or Western and Central Pacific; albacore (a.k.a. white tuna) caught in the North Pacific, South Pacific or North Atlantic; and yellowfin tuna caught in the Western and Central Pacific. Tuna caught in the U.S. is a “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative,” except for Pacific bluefin tuna caught in California and bigeye tuna caught in the Atlantic with drifting longlines – these are both ones to avoid. Many “Good Alternative” sources of tuna are caught with trolling lines, harpoons, handlines, and hand-operated pole-and-lines, or purse seines that don’t use floating objects (non-FAD). However, there are some Indian Ocean sources caught with these gears on the “Avoid” list. The MSC rating should be on the can, along with logos from Dolphin Safe and Fair Trade certified.

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Blue Harbor offers wild tuna from the South Pacific and pink salmon from Alaska that are sustainably-caught by fisheries that are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified. It’s so refreshing to have a company provide this key info on traceability and help educate seafood lovers on the topic! And of course, their fish is delicious – I love that they have a Tuna with Lemon and Dill & a Tuna with Jalapeño option. 

Look for dolphin-free, MSC-certified, Fair Trade tuna. I like La Brujula’s white tuna belly from Spain, Santa Catarina’s Tuna Fillets with Chili Peppers or Basil or Oregano, Ortiz’s tuna from Spain, and Ramon Pena’s Yellowfin Tuna In Olive Oil (Silver Line)..

Ocean Naturals’ Albacore Tuna is caught in the North Pacific by U.S flagged Pole & Troll vessels, ONE fish at a time. This fishing method is VERY selective, with nearly zero catch of any non-target or sensitive species, limiting their environmental footprint. Their Yellowfin Tuna is caught by U.S. flagged Purse Seine vessels in the Western & Central Pacific. All of their canned fish is gear type and species-specific, meaning you always know exactly what tuna species you are eating, where it was harvested and how it was caught. And this canned fish is SO good – no additives, preservatives or functional broth stand in the way of this tasty tuna. I’m especially loving the albacore with jalapeño & piquillo peppers. 

Bart van Olphen, author of “The Tinned Fish Cookbook” and co-founder of Sea Tales, created this line of tinned and fresh “seafood with a story” that is traceable, sustainable, certified by MSC or ASC, and 100% delicious. ⁣⁣Bart has fished, cooked, and lived with fishing communities all over the world so he’s seen firsthand the impact we have on our oceans and is committed to make it easy to find sustainable seafood options.

Non Sea-Essentials

Other Shelf Stable Items
  • Appetizer sauce (Espinaler’s Spicy Appetizer Sauce is excellent with olives and tinned fish.)
  • Baking soda
  • Beans: white great northern, black, cranberry
  • Bread crumbs, unseasoned
  • Chocolate: unsweetened, semi-sweet morsels
  • Cheese spread (I cannot get enough of Hellenic Farms Sweet Red Pepper & Graviera Cheese Spread)
  • Cocoa, unsweetened
  • Cornmeal, yellow
  • Cornstarch
  • Cream of tartar
  • Double acting baking powder
  • Flour: unbleached all-purpose, whole wheat
  • Honey
  • Ketchup
  • Low-sodium chicken broth, canned
  • Mustard: dijon, yellow, horseradish, seeded (I like Edmond Fallot’s Basil Dijon & Seed Style Mustards) 
  • Nuts: pecans, walnuts, almonds, pine, peanuts
  • Oils: olive oil (regular and extra virgin), vegetable, peanut, and Asian sesame
  • Olives (I love Casina Rossa Green Olives with Lemon)
  • Paella sauce (Matiz’s Paella Sofrito is a terrific one)
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Peppers (Casina Rossa’s Stuffed Hot Cherry Peppers & Matiz Vasco’s Basque Pipparas are my favorites) 
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sugar: white, granulated, brown
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Tomatoes: whole plum, tomato paste, tomato purée, sun-dried
  • Vanilla extract
  • Worcestershire sauce