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I am watching my weight and I am eating a lot of tuna fish lately. I was eating the John West Tuna in water or brine but actually I much prefer the one in sunflower oil as it just tastes a lot nicer. The fish itself comes in nice large chunks and it''s meaty and full of flavor. I always make sure that I drain off as much of the oil I possibly can before I eat this. This is great in salads or sandwiches but the only problem is that as soon as I open a can, there are two cats sniffing at my feet wanting to have their share. I also love the fact that these John West cans come with their own ring pulls as it makes opening a can so much easier than having to use a can opener. Although the tuna with he sunflower oil has more calories, it''s much nicer than just with water or brine and the oil enhances the flavor of the fish. These cans always have a long shelf life and I buy mine in packs of four for three pounds a pack as this saves money. It''s a brand I love and a brand I trust and it''s so tasty and delicious and I would really recommend this one.
John West Tuna Chunks
What are they?
A can of tuna.
This cans of tuna are served in 'chunks' and have been soaked in sunflower oil sealed inside the tin, and they are by John West , a well-known brand of tinned fish. The packaging also states 'dolphin friendly'.
What do I think?
I have been eating tuna like mad (trying to be healthy!). The tuna is served in sunflower oil, and I really like the fact that they don't fully soak the tuna and made them feel or taste 'soggy'. For some reason, the sunflower oil just keeps them a nit moist, and personally, sometimes I still feel the tuna is a it dry. I don't think the tuna fully immerses into the sunflower oil, rather the outside of the tuna steak chunk is surrounded in the sunflower oil, so I'm guessing, that maybe the tuna part went in the tin first and then they drizzled over some oil to cover it...? I making presumptions on this because when I fork the tuna out, it does look as if the tuna isn't thoroughly immersed into the oil and the tuna does appear a bit drier than expected in taste.
To be honest, I actually do prefer it this way, because, then there seems to be less oil in the tuna, and hence less fat. The tuna isn't really in chunks when it comes out of the tin, though not like flaky little bit, it is still quite crumbly and the folds of tuna doesn't really let it stay as 'chunks'. I always end up having to mash it down as I need to mix it in my mayonnaise or add it to sandwiches, so being in 'folds' as opposed to huge solid chinks, it actually does work out better.
In terms of taste, the tuna taste isn't very strong, very light and delicate and it is probably one of the better tasting brands that I have come across.
It costs about 78p per can of 185g, it's a little bit dear, but it is a also a branded tin and the quality is good. Depending on what you use the tuna for, it will be a bit dry on taste if you eat it solo, but it is fantastic in salads and mayonnaise, and brilliantly lower in fat...
Thanks for reading.
As I usually just prepare food for myself (hubby works long hours & daughters have flown the nest) I always try to make sure I have tuna in my cupboard either for myself or to have when cooking for the whole/ some of the family.
I've been buying John West products for years now & particularly like their salmon but tuna comes a close secoond with me & it's much cheaper.
The last time I bought some it cost 95p for 185g tin & it's exactly as shown in the picture. The only downside for me was the fact it doesn't have a ring-pull & my can opener is a bit temperamental so when I finally managed to open it there was sunflower oil all over my worktop. If you're reading this Mr West - please put ring pulls on all your cans!
Once opened the smell really hits you - it's more 'fishy' than many cheaper brands I've bought. The pieces of tuna are a nice colour & of a fairly uniform size with no skin or 'nasty bits' & it's basically ready to deal with straightaway with no fussing around.
Personally I prefer their tuna in brine as I'm not an 'oily' sort of person although fish oill is supposed to be good for the brain (may explain a lot lol!) so I like to drain this tuna very well before using in salads, baguettes, sandwiches etc whilst keeping some of the oil if I'm going to be cooking with it as it has a good deal of flavour.
I like to try different fish dishes so have made pasta bakes, fish pies, tuna burgers & fishcakes with JW tuna & have been well pleased with the results each time.
I have to watch my weight so I think it's a good product to have in for 'healthy' days as (per 65g serving) it contains only 123 claories & 5.9g of fat, only a trace of carbohydrate yet a good 17.6g of protein.
Overall I have to say it's a good product if you like non-flaking, strong-tasting tuna which looks good (as far as a dead fish can do!) & is very versatile.
Although I prefer the tuna in brine I'd recommend John West's tuna in sunflower oil too - after all, it's all a matter of taste.
I am trying to lose a little weight for the summer months and I am having lots of salads at the moment but it can get a little boring without something nice with it, especially as the salad to me is bland and I do not mind it with a nice meat or tuna and I bought this tuna for only £1 for a 185g tin and it was on special offer a few weeks ago from my local shop and so I thought it was an excellent price and so I bought 2 as it made sense.
It comes in a round can, which has a pull ring, and it is wrapped with a green and yellow paper with the name clearly on the front and inside the chunks are a very good quality and size, I always drain the oil and usually like tuna in brine but the oil with this one makes it nice and tasty and not dry, the texture is nice and smooth and tastes delicious.
It is of a very good quality and it is nice and filling and can be eaten with salads or in sandwiches for lunch or just a snack, I like to place some in a bowl and add a little Sweet corn and I use it for parties with Pasta and mayonnaise and I also use the lower brands too but whenever the higher brands are on offer I always snap them up and stock my cupboards as it can be used months later.
Once opened it is best to place any unused Tuna in a plastic dish and cover with cling film and use within 2 days.
It has lots of omega 3 and so it is very healthy for a 65g serving it contains 123 calories and 5.9g of fat.
My cats love tuna and I have to share a can with them sometimes to keep them happy, and I love to also mix it with onions and spread it on Ryvita as a snack to fill me until my main meal time if I get a little peckish in between meals.
I think the usual price is around £1.29 but it is also available in multi packs and it can be much cheaper to buy more and save money and it is always best to look out for those special offers as some shops often have them.
I recommend it to anyone to try as I think it is in my opinion very good value for money and especially when it is on special offer for a branded Tuna.
It is also available in brine.
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review.
Being into weightlifting, I look to consume a lot of protein in a day, with tuna being a main staple of my diet, with its high protein content.
I would normally have one tin a day, sometimes two, as it is low in fat, and his a great source of protein, to help maintain and build muscle.
The thing I like about this John West tuna is that it tastes delicous too. I prefer the tuna in sunflower oil, as I tend to find ones in brine a little to dry and doesnt really bring out the taste of the fish, unlike this one.
The chunks of tuna themselevs are of a good quality, and you really do get some good sized chunks in a tin, unlike cheaper makes. So it does feel like you are eating premiuim good quality tuna.
The tins themselvess are a decent size too, plenty filling for a meal. This tuna can be served just on its own with some pasta, or in sandwiches, or even with a jacket potato, and because its quite most, it slips down a treat.
The only downside to these is opening the tins, with a tin opener. As they have oil contained in them, when it omes to opening the tin, there is a tendancy to spill the oil, which can be quit messy. This almost puts me off eating the tuna, when I want a quick snack. I wish they had ring pulls on instead, which would make tins much more easier.
The price of a pack of four is more expensive than a lot of other makes, and although this tuna is nicer, im not sure whether you can justify the price differnce to be honest, however these always seem to be on offer, so if you can get them, try it!
John West, Something fishy is going on here...
I have been buying these cans of Tuna for a long time now and I will actually be reviewing the new edition no drain less mess succulent tuna steak with a little sunflower oil!
These little cans are so handy and they can actually go quite a long way, I will give you some of my ideas at the end...
So, the cans are 130g in size and are generally quite colourful. With a yellow/green/blue theme to them, they are sure to attract attention. Of course there are alternatives to this particular product, some may be cheaper others more expensive but this is HIGH QUALITY believe me!
The new 'no drain less mess' is just a way of saving energy and keeping more efficient. It obviously appeals to those with less time because I hate draining tuna, it makes the place stink as well as your fingers!
I would say this can could make 2 sandwiches so it works well for lunch. Per 100g there is 161 kcal (not too bad as this is over half of the can), trace carbohydrates and trace fibre!
First of all, when you open the can (with a can opener there is no pull gadget) you get a strong smell of tuna which you would imagine anyway. Then you have to put this into a bowl and use a fork to flake it up and add whatever you want to it. On a sandwich is what I find the best because it does not go soggy ( as there is little oil ) and it tastes great.
The taste is like normal tuna but you can tell this is good quality because it breaks up really easily and smells great.
You can buy this in packs of four or on their own from supermarkets or other convenience stores. The single cans are around £1.00 and the packs are around £4.00. Sometimes I think this is a little on the expensive side but if you think of the high quality tuna, you realise it is worth it.
You can use this for lots of different things like:
Tuna salad very refreshing
Tuna Pasta Bake with cheese on top!!!
Tuna Panini (preferably with chilli- tastes great)
I would give this 4/5 because it is a little expensive and some of us are on tight budgets! !
John West Tuna Chunks in Sunflower Oil.
The Tuna tin is not that distinctive and comes in a green and yellow palm sized tin. It does not have the usual ring pull but instead needs the attention of a tin opener.
Which can leave a sharp edged rim but remember to always take it completely off, better for any wild life that may try to stick its nose in the tin somewhere down the line.
I have pretty much always found that not spilling a little oil, especially when removing the lid, is impossible. Leaving the tin a little slippy and drippy.
However it is a fully recyclable tin which is always a bonus.
Smell and taste
My wife loves tuna but me; well it's the smell that puts me off. A bit like sweaty socks. The tuna itself I would class as an ok fish but I rate it fairly low on my top ten of choice fish to choose from. Not too salty which is good and comes in good sized chunks.
You can pick up a tin for under a £ or you can get a three or four pack and save a few pennies.
Well to be honest what can't you put tuna into?
On hot toast for a snack, mixed into a salad, a tuna pasta is actually a favourite meal, On a sandwich with some salad, mix with pepper and pop some in a pita for something a bit more filling,
A healthy option, but not for the tuna itself obviously, and packed with omega 3. Will leave an after taste and if eaten mid day may repeat on you. Can be used in a multitude of ways and as an added bonus my dogs love it mixed in with their biscuits.
Worth having a couple of tins in your cupboard but there are tastier tinned fish out there.
Per 65g serving....
Energy: 123 Kcal
of which is saturates: 0.7g
of which is sugars: Trace
I can't tell you how long it's been since I've had tinned tuna until I used this the other day! I'm not a very healthy person usually and consume an awful lot of junk food. However I'm getting fit and healthy, working out almost every-day and watching what I eat so I grabbed some tins of fish the other day and this I bought in Sainsbury's costing me 92p cos I wanted to make a tuna pasta bake, shove some in a pitta with salad for a quick snack and that kind of thing! I went for a brand I know of and trust and this is it!
I'm not sure what other sizes this is available in and I have looked and am pretty sure I have seen it at some point in a 454g tin but don't quote me on that. My tin was 185g and had silver lid I had to open with a tin opener and around the main of the can there is a dark green and yellow label. On the front and the back of that I'm told it is John West Tuna Chunks In Sunflower Oil. Other information on the can gives me a list of ingredients (Tuna, Sunflower Oil and Salt), nutritional information and contact details for John West are stated. Simple enough can however I do wish it had a ring-pull for ease of opening!
The Tuna Itself....
Open the can and your met with rather a strong fish smell that is fresh and a large chunk of tuna that is pink and moist looking. Push the lid to the tuna and drain out excess sunflower oil to drain it off a bit before consuming it or it is rather oily. Now I'd be careful doing this if I were you! You want some moisture in there so I wouldn't bash it too much or you end up with dried up and chewy tuna!
This is really rather nice. Nicely salted though not heavily so and it's a good quality and flavoursome tuna. No nasty bits of grey skin or anything else are lurking in there either. You can mash it up, mix it with stuff and it's great in hot foods too such as tuna bake because it doesn't go scummy or turn to mush or anything but holds very well indeed.
A really nice fresh tasting fish that if you don't overly drain it is moist and contains alot of flavour! What more can I say? It's top notch and great in anything you want to use it in!
Nutritional Information.... Per 65g serving....
Energy: 123 Kcal
of which is sugars: Trace
of which is saturates: 0.7g
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
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. Because we go through so much of it, I tend to try and buy it in bulk, as it usually works out to be a lot cheaper than buying individual cans as and when we need them.
I was pleased, therefore, when my partner came home with four tins of "John West tuna in Sunflower oil" and happily informed me that all four tins had cost the purse-friendly sum of £1.19 from a local grocer.
I will point out at this stage that I have never before purchased tuna in sunflower oil, and tend to buy canned tuna that is in brine. Not for any reason other than it is what I have always bought. That said, I was happy with the cost of the four cans and put them away until they were needed.
And that day came last weekend! My other half and I were having a small family gathering and were making a selection of food to be served in a buffet style. One of the dishes I wanted to make was some cooked pasta mixed in with a little tuna and served cold as a nice accompaniment to some of the salads we were serving.
I set about making the pasta and let it cool. Then I retrieved one of the cans of John West tuna in sunflower oil from the plastic outer wrapping that was keeping all four cans in place. I noted that the tin needed to be opened with a tin-opener as there was no ring-pull on the top of the tin (although this is normal practice for tinned tuna in general, in my experience).
Upon opening the tin I was instantly aware of the oil escaping from the top where the tin-opener had made a slit in the can, as it was running all over my fingers! Rinsing it off, I finished opening the tin and drained the oil from the tuna.
I was aware that the amount of oil seemed to be a much higher quantity than the brine that usually surrounds my tinned tuna. Once drained, the tuna fish looked really greasy and I found this a bit off-putting if I'm honest.
I was a bit concerned about using the tuna in my dish at all... I certainly didn't want a greasy cold pasta dish to be served to my guests when they arrived. As I didn't have an alternative in my larder, I had no choice but to carry on with the oily tuna, but I was very wary of it by this point. It just appeared to be absolutely swimming in oil, even though I had drained it twice.
I needn't have worried as I was left with nice dry-looking tuna flakes once I combined it to the pasta I had previously cooked. There didn't appear to be any oily residue at all, much to my relief! I added the other couple of ingredients to the bowl and once I mixed it through, I set it to the side of the other salad dishes already positioned in the midst of the buffet. I was happy to note that it looked like it usually did.
On tasting the tuna pasta salad, several of our guests commented on how delicious it was. It is not usually a dish I would eat myself, although I make it quite often for my partner. He also commented to me that it was "awesome", which is higher praise than I usually get.
Curious to see if I could taste the difference in the tuna because of the sunflower oil, I spooned a small amount of the tuna pasta dish onto my paper plate. Like I said earlier, I wouldn't normally eat this dish (I'm not the world's biggest tuna fan) but curiosity got the better of me.
I had to agree with my guests and say that it was absolutely delicious! I asked my mother if she thought it was the tuna and she thought it was more likely to be the onion that I had finely diced and stirred through the dish, as there was a slightly sweet aftertaste to the dish, and she didn't think this would be coming from the tuna.
I'm not saying for a fact that it WAS the different tuna; perhaps it was the onion, as my mother suggested, but all I know is that out of the whole spread of food that we put out, the bowl of tuna pasta salad was the only dish to be left completely empty, so something worked!! That in itself is all the proof that I need!
I am going to award this tuna four stars. I am deducting one because of the amount of oil... I just found this to be so off-putting.