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I like tuna. I especially like a fresh tuna steak done 'black and blue' or even sushi. However, since I forgot to buy a winning lottery ticket at the weekend, Monday nights tuna is good old John West Tuna Chunks in brine.
With heightening anticipation and a steady drool, I prepared a spicy tomato sauce for a nice tuna bake. Mmm Mmm. Of course, I should have checked that we had a tin of tuna in the house first, but not to worry, after a rummage around the deepest darkest recesses of the cupboard I eventually netted one.
With the sauce gently bubbling away, I opened the tin of tuna chunks and...oh dear. Where are the chunks? Never mind chunkS...there wasn't even a single solitary morsel that could in any way be remotely described as a chunk.
According to Merriam Webster online dictionary, a chunk is:
"1: a short thick piece or lump (as of wood or coal)
2: a large noteworthy quantity or part
3: a strong thickset horse usually smaller than a draft horse"
Well I wasn't expecting, nor did I get, a lump of coal or wood. And luckily, there was no sign of any part of a horse. But neither was there anything resembling something large or noteworthy.
Perhaps I was consulting the wrong dictionary? After checking a few other definitions I could find no description anywhere for a gloopy, sodden mush of miniscule fishy fragments - which is what I was looking at.
At least it smelled like tuna.
Thoroughly demoralised, I upended the tiny tuna tin and sploshed it into my sauce. The very same sauce, which moments earlier had been thick and rich and full of promise, now turned thin and watery and so very obviously chunk-less. Oh well.
But what of the taste? Well luckily, my masterchef finalist quality sauce was robust enough to stand up to this fish-mish-mash...just. I can't say the tuna wasn't tasty enough, but I would have been as well adding a tuna stock cube (if there was such a thing). Nope, I'm sorry but a tuna bake should have chunks of tuna, not hints.
What's in the tin?
Tuna, springwater and salt.
But never mind what's IN it. What's NOT in it are chunks...nary a one.
Tinned tuna is low in fat, high in protein and I would suggest is healthy (not for the tuna obviously...or anything else that gets in the way of drift nets).
It's a very versatile addition to any pantry and can be used for salads, sandwiches, baked potato fillings and chunk-less tuna bakes among other things.
John West don't seem to get the best press concerning their fishing methods but I wouldn't know about that. For me, the fact that they tell dirty great porkies on the tin convinces me I should take my custom elsewhere. And I will.
In conclusion, John West Tuna Chunks in brine are not what they are labelled as. There are NO chunks, just mashed fish (possibly tuna, but who can say?)
Can I round this product up in one word?
(What the puck is wrong with my keyboard? The F & P keys seem to have got mixed up. When I type F it shows P...or is that the other way around?)
Incidentally, my dinner was lovely.
John West is a reputable manfactuer of canned fish. recently I bought this pack of 4 tins (185g each) at my local Nisa Shop for £3.85 which I think was a smashing bargain.
Tuna in brine I personally think is better than the one in water or sunflower oil as the brine gives it that bit of an edge. I enjoy eating this tuna with salt, pepper and a bit of balsamic vinegar mixed in. I drain off the brine from the tin once I've opened it and then put the contents into abowl and stir in the added ingredients.
I really enjoy it served either with a salad or with some warm crusty bread. I have even eaten it straight out of the tine when I've been really hungry and not even really bothered to drain off the liquid properly.
It has very lage chuckns of tasty tuna (better than the flakes you can get) so you really have something to get your teeth into and its very filling as it's all protein.
Also, I think fish is meant to be good for you and I know fresh tuns would probbaly be far better but it's too expensive so I opt for this as an alternative.
Not too many calories either so god for if you are watching your weight. You can buy the tins seperately but they do work out more expensive and buying them all together in a pack saves a fortune if you can find a good offer.
Very tasty fish and definitely recommended by me.
John West now make 'No Drain' tuna steak in just a little brine or spring water. These are a brilliant invention and super for taking out with you when it's more convenient to make your packed lunch while you're out and about.
We buy them in packs of three tins. The full price for a pack of 3 tins is £3.99 but they are often reduced to the equivalent of £1 per tin in the supermarkets.
The tins themselves have a ring pull so they are really convenient - no need for a can opener. They contain 130g each which is enough to make sandwiches for two of us or to use in a tuna pasta bake for two - or even three if we use peppers and mushrooms as well. The label states that the tins contain 97% tuna and 3% water. We find that when you open the ring pull just a small way and turn the can over, the smallest amount of water drips out and then the tuna is ready to use. We find these no drain tins are really useful when we are out and about on camping trips. We don't always make a packed lunch up, but just take a tin of this tuna and a small Frech loaf out and make sandwiches while we're on the go. The no drain cans are much easier to use when you're out and don't have access to mod cons like can openers!
This no-drain tuna tastes as good as the tuna steaks we used to buy in brine, where you have to remove the lid and drain the water away before using. My partner likes to open one of these tins, pour on some salad cream and eat it straight from the tin. He finds that one 130g tin is enough for his lunch eaten this way. I tend to have mine as part of a salad for lunch and find that half a tin is enough for me when I have it with lettuce and tomato. There is a warning on the tin that some bones may remain, but I have eaten a lot of this tuna and have never found one.
Definitely recommend no-drain over normal cans of tuna simply for the convenience. The taste is great and they are really good value at £1 a tin.
This John West tuna was on special offer in Morrisons and 4 tins was £2.00, it's usually madly expensive so that was a bit of a bargain. I needed tuna for a pasta bake with Homepride sauce and used 2 tins instead of one because I love tinned tuna with pasta.
You can tell it's wicked quality, we only use John West anyway or VERY sometimes my mum will buy Princes if it's on offer but this is the best tuna going and unless Princes is MEGA cheap it'll be John West we go for.
The chunks are massive, it's nearly like one big flakey piece of tuna. There isn't all that much brine and when you drain it off there's just enough to keep the tuna fresh I reckon, when my mum drains it off she does it in a jug because she uses the brine in some mad fish curry she makes. You don't get shedloads out of 1 tin and that's good because it shows the main thing in the tin is deffo tuna.
The tuna has got a wickedly meaty taste and texture. You can have the massive chunks but if you want to stretch it a bit they're dead easy to break up with a fork. I love it as tuna mayo with sweetcorn and that's the main way I use it actually, you can get away with putting loads of sweetcorn in with it because the tuna has got such a nice taste.
This one is THE BEST in cold pasta salad as well, mixed with mayo and sweetcorn again (gotta love sweetcorn, right???) lol I leave the chunks big when I have it like that and it gives the pasta a wickedly meat texture and makes it taste like a proper meal.
I've give myself the hungers now and am going to go and make some tuna mayo up for a sandwich before bed! lol That reminds me the only bad thing about this tuna is that there isn't a ring pull on it and now I need to find the tin opener.... for the price of this stuff they should at least make it easier to get into!
Deffo recommended...... the BEST tuna for sandwiches and pasta!!!
I love tuna whether it be with a salad or in a sarnie or whatever really. I simply love fish and eat it a few times in a week.
I love tuna and eat that rather often particularly this John West one. I like quality and I am a little on the fussy side and if I was to spot fish skin or a bit of bone I wouldn't be able to eat it and that's why I avoid getting shops own brands or cheapy offerings and would rather spend out a little more on this and know I'm getting something edible lol.
185g can with a label round it and I'm told it is John West Tuna Chunks in Brine, the size of the can is stated, there is a full nutritional chart stated along with ingredients being listed and contact details for John West being given. Nice enough can, could do with a ring-pull to the top of if I'm going to nit pick though!
Open the can and your met with pink 'meaty' looking tuna with not loads of brine at all. Take the lump of fish out of the can and mash it up, it flakes easily and smells very fishy indeed. I've never drained a can of this before as I don't think this has very much brine in it at all but I suppose you could if you really want to.
The tuna is tasty, seasoned and not overly greasy and what I appreciate about this is that it doesn't have any nasty bits in it just nice fleshy fish that is moist and well seasoned.
Great to stick in things like a tuna bake as it holds itself very well indeed and remains chunky and tasty opposed to going to mush and of course makes lovely sarnies etc. I think this is a real quality can of grub and personally I wouldn't want to try eat a cheaper brand as I trust this one!
Tuna, water, salt.
Nutritional Information Per 65g Serving:
Energy: 73 Kcal
of which sugars: Trace
of which saturates: 0.1g
Available in all good supermarkets priced at about 70p a can
On the days when I want something light I usually just open a can of Tuna Chunks, drain it and then throw it with a salad, in a sandwich or toss it with a little pasta.
This tuna comes in an aluminium can and a can opener will be required as there is no ring pull on this can. It has a paper label on it displaying the John West logo, a picture of the tuna chunks, ingredients (tuna, water & salt) & nutritional information.
There is plenty of brine in the can and this keeps the tuna fairly moist and delicious and once drained off the weight of the tuna is 130g so you get 55g of brine in each can. Also, if you have a cat they might like to drink the brine as my sisters' cat does.
The tuna is in pretty good sized chunks and they're chunky, tasty and moist, I have tried other cans of tuna with a similar taste and for this reason I am going to have to rate this 4/5. This tuna is perfectly suitable for sandwiches, pasta bakes, salads etc and if you really wanted to have a luxury lunch then I'd recommend spending a little more and getting a more succulent tasting can of tuna such as this one.
I did not find any bad tuna in my can, however, I have noticed some black and discoloured bits in the past. It did taste perfectly acceptable for the 75p price that I paid per can (£2.25 for a multipack of 3 cans). The can is recyclable and there are 145 calories for the entire can of drained tuna and this is great for me when trying to watch what I eat because it's very low in calories & fat (0.6g).
I would buy this again and I got this on offer, however, at it's normal price it's a little bit too expensive for me so I wouldn't bother and would stick to the value products to save some pennies. This was a delicious addition to my lunch though and great in a tuna pasta bake topped with crisps and cheese. Delicious! 4/5 from me.
We eat quite a lot of tinned tuna in our house as my other half absolutely loves tuna mayonnaise and the like; he often takes it to his work with him for his lunch. This combined with my new-found love of tuna mayonnaise since taking a liking for it on my recent holiday means that we are going through absolute heaps of the stuff!
I have been buying supermarket-own branded tinned tuna of late, as this generally offers the best value at the time. I do also find that by buying in bulk I can save a few pennies as it usually works out to be a bit more economical to buy a little multi-pack of tinned tuna. There is quite often a deal on in Asda too, where I can buy four tins and save a few pennies by doing so! These multi-buy offers really do encourage me to stock up on my beloved tuna fish though, and as a result I end up eating more..!
It was whilst I was in my local Co-op store that I noticed the multi-pack of John West tinned tuna chunks in Brine. I was only in the store for milk and a few other essential items, as I do prefer to do the bulk of my shopping elsewhere. I noticed the tinned tuna whilst I was in the store however and I was immediately tempted to buy it as it offered such reasonable value... I am obsessed!
The John West tuna was a multi-pack containing three 185g tins of tuna chunks in brine, and is exactly like the picture shown at the top of the Dooyoo page. This shrink-wrapped plastic covered trio of tins only cost me £1.99. Given that a supermarket-own branded tin of tuna costs in the region of 80 pence or so, I did feel that this multi-pack offered good value for money.
I do like the John West range in general, and I buy their tinned tuna on a regular basis. I was happy therefore that the product I was buying was of a fairly good quality and high standard. The tins of the John West tuna are of a similar standard as other brands of tinned tuna, and do not have a ring pull design on the top, so you will need your tin opener.
The brine surrounding the tuna fish chunks drains quite easily, or at least as easily as other brands of tinned tuna that I buy regularly. I do find that this can be quite messy, but again this isn't a particular trait of only this brand and I do find that most tinned tuna is the same in this respect.
Once drained, the tuna fish is a pleasant colour and a nice texture. I haven't had any problems with staining or discolouration of the tuna, which is a problem I find with very cheap or 'no frills' brands of tinned tuna and this really puts me off from buying them.
The texture of the John West tuna is just right in my opinion, and the chunks are not too difficult to 'flake' which is my personal preference when eating tinned tuna in general. My partner does like his a little more chunky than I do, so the John West tinned tuna is great for suiting both our needs and I do find that it is fairly versatile.
The overall taste is very pleasant and I don't find that the brine that is used in the John West variety is over-powering at all. Again, I find that with cheaper branded tuna, at times the brine can be a bit overly salty which can impair the taste of the tuna a little, in my opinion.
The nutritional information on the side of the tin's label informs me that a serving of this tuna fish - which they are calling 65g (approx half a tin) - will provide me with 73 calories and 0.3g fat which I think is really good actually! I know for a fact that my mum eats more tinned fish than normal when she is slimming or following an eating plan and now I can see why! I think this may prove to be a winner with those of you who are watching your waist lines?
All in all I really do like this tinned tuna and the John West brand of tuna is actually my preferred brand. I buy it on a regular basis and will continue to do so as I have experienced no problems with the tuna or the brand itself and I can only award it full marks and recommend it quite highly... This is a winning product!