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Never Buy POLLOCK Herring

 
 
Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 12:11 am
So I was at WallyWorld Yesterday for a rare appearance (hate the place because of long lines and unstocked shelves) and I come across Herring $1 a can. I grew to love this stuff while in Germany, this and my Cuban Cigars. My favorites are the mustard and the spicey tomato sauce. HELL YA.

I get home and while putting them away get curious because I have never heard of the brand. Oh, these are Pollock Herring. OK whatever, I am an open minded guy no biggie.

I go to open one and I find that the cans are defective, they are almost impossible to open using the intended method. Then I taste one. Almost no flavor at all.

I am so disappointed. I wish I had paid the normal $4 can for the fantastic herring that I know and love.


You have been warned.
 
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 07:10 am
@hawkeye10,
Pollock is herring the way pollock is crab legs. Mock herring.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 08:58 am
@hawkeye10,
Are you sure Pollock is the brand name? could it have been Polar brand?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 09:01 am
@ehBeth,
the survivalists seem to like it, partly because it is mild in comparison to other tinned fish

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=206146
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 09:05 am
Pollock is being promoted by some over here, as an alternative to overfished cod.

It needs a lot of seasoning.

Even the cat is thinking about leaving home.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 10:02 am
@Lordyaswas,
What in the in the U.S. is called as pollock, is sold here in Germany as "Seelachs" (sea salmon) to get people to buy it.
Mostly in 'fish fingers' and other deep frozen "fish products!, it tastes like nothing.
Smoked, it's just something oily and salty.
Fresh, it can be quite nice.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 10:21 am
Quote:
pollock
A slang term for Polish people. Usually meant as an insult. Often heard in western Pennsylvania. Pollocks often have an uncontrollable love of Polka music.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pollock

mark noble
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 10:42 am
@hawkeye10,
I used to fish a lot off the uk's south coast. Pollock belongs to the cod family and tastes just like cod. I have no idea how it has ended up a herring relative - I assure you 'atlantic pollock' is a cod cousin.
I caught many, gutted and ate them - They are delicious. Herring is kipperlike - Boney and bitter - No relation at all.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 10:45 am
@hawkeye10,
Well, Polak actually is in Polish the name for someone from Poland.
(As family name known in Germany since the 15th century.)

The meaning changed in the 19th century, when many miners and factory workers came from "Poland" (which actually was German/Prussian territory).

Heinrich Heine wrote 1853 ...
... He says: "We get the vagabonds,
The gypsies, Poles and raggedy-Johns,
The idlers and the Hottentots,

They come alone, and they come in lots,
And want to enter paradise
And all be angels, blest and nice.
Begone! Begone! For gallows-faces
Of your ilk, there are no places
Here, not in these heavenly halls,
For those whose lot to Satan falls.
Away from here! And scoot pell-mell
To the blackest seat of eternal Hell - " ...

But since he wrote in German, it origianally says:
... Er spricht: »Es kommen die Vagabunde,
Zigeuner, Polacken und Lumpenhunde,
Die Tagediebe, die Hottentotten
-
Sie kommen einzeln und in Rotten,
Und wollen in den Himmel hinein
Und Engel werden und selig sein.
Holla! Holla! Für Galgengesichter
Von eurer Art, für solches Gelichter
Sind nicht erbaut die himmlischen Hallen -
Ihr seid dem leidigen Satan verfallen.
Fort, fort von hier! und trollt euch schnelle
Zum schwarzen Pfuhle der ewigen Hölle.«
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 12:35 pm
@ehBeth,
Pollock is an ocean white fish with a fine grain and mild soft flavor. Its used to make mock lobster, mock crablegs and now, mock herring. What they don't get about pickled herring is the flavor of the herring needs to be in the spectrum, too. Mmmmm .... creamed herring, too.
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 12:37 pm
@Lordyaswas,
Under-flavored, too. The texture isn't really like cod is it?

The loss of cod population has made for incredibly low lobster prices.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 01:57 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
I know what pollock is.

The point I was making is that there is no Pollock brand herring at Walmart - it is Polar brand herring.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 01:57 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
bobsal u1553115 wrote:

Pollock is an ocean white fish with a fine grain and mild soft flavor. Its used to make mock lobster, mock crablegs and now, mock herring.


it is not being used to make mock herring. it was an error on the OP's part.
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 02:04 pm
What I con't get is why anyone would want to mock herring?

Haddock I can understand, because if there's a fish out there that deserves a good mocking, it's haddock.

But herring?
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Miller
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 02:17 pm
@hawkeye10,
hawkeye10 wrote:

Quote:
pollock
A slang term for Polish people. Usually meant as an insult. Often heard in western Pennsylvania. Pollocks often have an uncontrollable love of Polka music.


Since you're from Illinois, you know that the word Pollock was meant as an insult for Poles, in the City of Chicago, at a time, when there were about 1 million Poles living there, working in the steel mills, stockyards and being very active in many labor unions. If you know Chicago, then you'll remember that many of the Poles lived in an area on the South Side, which is know as South Chicago.

As far as the Pollock fish is concerned, I'd rather have a nice hot dish of french-fried Perch.


timur
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 02:21 pm
You talking about Jackson, right?

Here's fish, Pollock style:

http://i60.tinypic.com/kf318x.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 6 Oct, 2014 03:06 pm
@Miller,
When I've been in Chicago, Poles lived in Polish Downtown, Polonia Triangle ...
I wouldn't call that South Chicago. I stayed in that part of Chicago - people there told me, it was mainly Irish. Or Scandinavian. Depending, where I stayed.
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