- Pack of 3 6.67-ounce tins
You can’t just open a can and eat it as if it were a can of sardines, or even a can of oil-pack tuna. The product is extremely oily — in fact, it is 60% oil (richer than triple-creme brie)! It happens to be a healthful oil with vitamins A and D and Omega 3 fats, but it is still a bit much. I compared the nutritional values to a somewhat smaller can of oil-packed sardines. The cod liver had less protein than one might expect — 9 grams versus 16 for the sardines — but off the chart on calories with 1165!
To make matters worse, the instructions on the can (if you can read them — they’re in four languages and the tiny print requires a STRONG magnifier to see) say, “Must be consumed immediately after opening.” I strongly suggest a skeptical regard to that. The “remarkably fresh” taste does change quickly even in the refrigerator, but the result is not unpleasant. A little fishier, perhaps. I kept some for over a week and it was still tasty.
By the way, you ought not to waste the oil. It is of course sold separately as cod liver oil and is a fine nutritional supplement.
So, I suggest a strategic approach to consuming a can. You don’t want to eat it all at once (even if you have help), regardless of what the label says.
Our kids love it too
In good conscience, it’s hard to throw the oil away. A little drizzle on salad is good, but too much is “heavy” tasting. So, I add some to the dog’s food (instead of salmon oil) until it’s gone.
It has a texture closer to a good pate than mousse. The smoke flavor is fairly light. We’ll be buying it again!
Very nutritious and surprisingly mild
You can easily “hide” these in your tuna salad in small quantities if you are trying to eat them for the nutritional benefit, but don’t like how they taste. I also find the excess oil to be very good lightly sprinkled on a salad. I also make my own salad dressings, and the oil/pureed livers can easily be incorporated into the dressing in small quantities, as you would anchovies, for instance. I get bored with just eating the pate, so I’m trying to find new ways to eat this great food.
Having said all that, a little goes a LONG way, as they are very oily and high in calories. I have to eat a whole can over several days. I agree with other reviewers that the taste does change over time, but if refrigerated immediately and consumed over just a few days, the change is negligible. The price seems a bit high, but the nutritional bang for your buck is worth it.
I will order more in the future as long as they are available. Thanks to Amazon for offering this product!
I eat this as a spread on bread for breakfast or snack, with some chopped onion and pepper on top, for dinner with boiled potatoes, or as supplement to fresh steamed cod (pref with cod-roe also). It is equally excellent in all dishes.
Good but wish it came plain (no flavorings)
I also ordered the other brand of cod liver in its own oil with only sea salt added. That option was very good, too, but it was more expensive than this brand due to smaller-size cans and added shipping costs.
the best cod liver. ever.
we all love love cod liver but now
sad now we are looking for a other one…. but we do love love cod liver and it is so healthy … hope Amazon will be soon find a better one …. 🙂