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Ok Tuna is Tuna right?
I don't often eat much tuna, but when I do (once or twice a month) I have noticed something that John West has been doing for a couple of years at least and nobody has mentioned it in their reviews!
Firstly, tuna (say the ones you get in Sainsburys) and other brands, give you tuna in a nice, complete chunk. John West give you a mashed up version of tuna (not a tuna steak in itself), and sneakily put less of this tuna mush in the can. The result being, you get less tuna in the can and on your plate. Because they mash it up they think nobody notices, well I do. What a rip off!
Secondly, John West have a terrible fishing policy of using FAD types of nets. They often catch small sharks, turtles and the like and are constantly warring with Greenpeace who quite rightly state that they are a bad company for animal welfare on their fishing practices.
So, for me, both in terms of not getting ripped off for tuna quantity (have a look next time on your plate of how much mushed up tuna you get out of the can) - compare it with a Sainsbury's can of tuna - and also for animal welfare issues - I will NEVER buy another can of John West tuna!
How many times have you stood with a tin of tuna in oil in your hand and wondered where to tip the oil ? I always try to avoid tipping it down the drain in case it blocks it, I don't like putting the fishy oil in the bin because it smells so I usually try to aim it into a bag and then throw it into the wheelie bin!
Well I have good tidings, John West have now introduced their latest trick, a can of no drain tuna fish, what do you think of that then ?
John West succulent tuna steak ( no drain ) comes either with a tiny amount of brine or sunflower oil, the choice is yours. I have to admit that I prefer a little sunflower oil it seems to keep the fish moist.
The can has the same traditional design that is unique to John West but they have added a sizeable sky blue circle which encloses the slogan `No drain, less mess`.
The can contains 130g and cost me £1 from Asda, it was on a promotion.
I won't try to pretend that I haven't noticed the significant price increase in tuna fish lately, when you think that it is easy to use a can to make sandwiches for two it is an expensive meal.
But there is no doubt in my mind that you do get what you pay for when the chips are down and John West are certainly one of the top quality providers.
After all of those years spent wrangling with a tin opener I am a number one fan of the ring-pull, don't they make life easy?!
So I was looking forward to opening my no drain can of John West tuna in sunflower oil, how posh!
I very rarely have any qualms about John West products so as I lifted the lid what I expected to see was there in all of its glory.
The can was chock a block with good meaty tuna. I popped the fork into the can and I had to admit that I could have just eaten it there and then.
Good tuna always looks pink and smells fresh and tempting and John West have maintained their normal high standard. ( 70g contains 130 calories )
On the odd occasion when I have succumbed and have bought a cheap and cheerful tin of tuna fish I have always felt let down by the pinky grey contents of the can.
Only once have I bought the tuna flakes and that was a disaster! The flakes were so small that they very nearly went through the holes in the sieve when I drained it.
I am conventional and I like conventional, now that has made me sound really boring!
I am trying to say that I enjoy canned tuna fish as it is, I have noticed that John West have introduced more and more variations on a theme.
Tuna in spring water?!. Coronation tuna, tuna in mayo with sweetcorn, tuna light lunch, smoked tuna slices...Oh the list is endless, just give me the plain and simple version any day of the week.
Tuna is a good store cupboard stand by, very tasty with a jacket potato, or a salad and great in a sandwich. Tuna fish is low in fat and high in protein, it is filled with Vitamin B6 and that is the vitamin that helps to produce serotonin. Another key ingredient is phosphorus which works along with the calcium to promote healthy teeth and bones.
It is good to know that John West pose no threat to our friends the dolphins when they fish for their tuna. Skipjack and Yellowfin tuna offer a firm texture and a good taste and these two types of tuna fish are the ones most used by John West.
The whole idea of no drain tuna works well, no messy oil to try and dispose of either. The pink meaty tuna is still very moist and retains that great flavour.
One up to John West.
I recently purchased 5 cans of John West Tuna in Spring water from Tesco for £5.00.
Tuna is something that I don't fork out for (get it ;)) very often and therefore when I do buy it I like to buy a nice brand so that I'm getting something tasty.
Tuna is a great source of Omega 3 and essential fatty acids but should be enjoyed in moderation due to worries over it containing traces of mercury, once a week is definitely advisable.
The spring water variety I have is in 185g cans and each half can has 73 calories. The can contains 70% tuna, spring water & salt.
The can is completely recyclable (wash it first though!) and is simply opened with a normal can-opener, you then need to drain away the spring water but this takes just a couple of seconds.
I find that the spring water agrees with the tuna better than brine and leaves less of a smell in the kitchen. The tuna is fairly broken up which is a little disappointing and I definitely prefer the new 'no drain' versions of this tuna.
The tuna is quite nice tasting, it's fishy and flakes beautifully in the mouth, I do a whole host of things with a can of tuna and here are some of my favourites:
Tuna & Cheese Toasted Sandwiches: I toast the bread then add a thin layer of cheese to each side, toast again and then add the tuna and toast this for another minute or so just to warm through the tuna. Sometimes I mix this up with salsa to give it a little zing!
Pasta Tuna: Tuna, Tomato Sauce, Salad Cream & Cooked Pasta, mix the sauces together first to form a cheaper version of a prawn cocktail sauce and then add this to the cooked pasta and then throw in the broken up tuna . It's a delicious meal and very easy to cook! You could also add cheese to the top of this and then put it in the oven to brown it lightly.
Tuna Salad: Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato, Salad Dressing & some tuna. You could also add any other salad ingredients of your choice and choose any variety of dressings to go with this.
Overall I am a big fan of tuna and am rating this product 4/5. If it was cheaper than I would definitely rate it 5/5. The 'no drain' variety would get a 5/5 from me as the tuna is more together and far less flaky it also has a deeper flavour too. I would definitely recommend any of the John West tuna products as I have never been disappointed by any of them.
I am specifically reviewing here John West No Drain Tuna - in Brine:
So, the advert is an absolute pain (you know the one, Tuna with no fiddly bits...), but when we spotted 3 tins of tuna on offer from about £2.50 in Tesco yesterday, we decided to buy. We'd been curious about the whole "no-drain" thing, but hadn't made a point of buying that format as price is the most important thing to us currently, and so we buy Tuna only when on offer.
We chose the Tuna in brine option, as Tuna in brine has much less fat and calories than that stored in oil. The packet says "130g of Succulent Tuna Stead with little Brine". The secret to no drain, then, is clearly just to put less liquid in - fantastic, as there's nothing more yukky than draining tuna, and its so annoying when half your tuna is floating away on top.
The tin format is exactly the same as any other John West can - a small, round flat tin which you open with a can opener. On opening up the tuna, the appearance is automatically more appetising - there seemed to only be enough liquid to keep the tuna moist, which meant that the tuna steak looked chunkier and more together as well, as it hadn't been broken down by excess liquid. It looked delicious, actually, and very good quality.
So, how did it taste? Because tuna's tuna, right? No! Even the taste is different - really strong and tasty and succulent. For some reason, having less liquid has made this tuna perfectly moist, and the texture is great too - chunky and soft.
I have to say, I'm usually very cynical about develops like this being marketing gimmicks, but no drain tuna really is a good one - the tuna is great, and it is so much easier to prepare as well, no mess!
I have been eating John West Tuna Chunks for many years but a few years back I began to notice a decline in the appearance of the tuna. It looked to me as if the tuna "CHUNKS" had been well mashed before canning. I have been careful to buy these JW tuna chunks from a variety of sources yet all tins are the same : NOT A CHUNK TO BE FOUND IN ANY OF THE TINS. The tuna cannot even be describes as "Flaked". It is MASHED TUNA without a shadow of a doubt.
The last batch of a 5-pack Tuna Chunks in springwater cost me £5 and the appearance was just the usual Mashed affair. John West are selling us inferior tuna at exorbitant prices.
By comparison, I often buy white tuna while in Europe, which I can find in any supermarket there, and the taste is exquisite, the appearance very appetising indeed, very chunky, very fresh. Unfortunately, none of this is available in the UK. John West Tuna Chunks is utter rubbish compared with those brands. I would not be buying John West at all but for the fact that so far I have been unable to order online those brands from Europe. I could buy my all-time favourite El Batel Bonito del Norte online but it is currently wildly expensive; some £9 per 7oz tin + postage; sheer luxury.
BTW, I often eat John West Tuna light lunch and the tuna in that is chunky, fresh and tasty; entirely different from their canned rubbish.
Tuna so versatile and healthy
If you like fish then tuna is for you. This is so versatile to use and there are so many different ways that Tuna can be used. In salads, on Baked Potatoes, with pasta and so on. One of my favourite meals is baked potato then grate cheese and put inside the potato then add tuna and mayonnaise on top. You will find that the cheese melts into the potato and tuna and it is very tasty.
Tuna is in tins in various sizes and you can buy tuna with sunflower oil, brine and spring water which is what I like to buy otherwise it is in sunflower oil if I cannot buy it in spring water.
Tuna is an excellent source of Vitamin B6 and it helps with maintaining strong bones and energy levels. It also has a good source of Omega 3.
There are several types of tuna Skipjack, Yellowfin, Albacore and Tongo. The type of tuna which John West uses is Skipjack and Yellow fin as there texture is very firm and the equality is excellent and also a good flavour.
If you use Yellow fin you will see the colour is lighter and it is easier to use in salads and sandwiches-but skipjack in my opinion as good but it is darker in colour.
So if you need something that is quick and nourishing,also tasty try tuna particularly with pasta or jacket potato it certainly will fill you up and keep you going during the day and so healthy too
I have tried several brands of Tuna but the best one which I have found is John West.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JOHN WEST TUNA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The John West company was first established in 1885 in Liverpool as a fruit and canned goods merchant. Through the years, the company expanded and john West name became famous for tinned fish products such as salmon and tuna.
Today the company has factories and warehouses all over the worl and has built up a well trusted name in the industry.
John West Tuna
John West now have a huge range of products. My favourite being their regular tuna. The regular tuna comes in four different variety's....
Tuna olive oil blend
Light tuna in springwater
Tuna in springwater
Tuna in brine.
I usually stick to the tuna in brine as I feel it has the most flavour. It comes in a 425g tin. The tin is green and has the famous John West logo printed on it. It contains all the relevant information about the product and the tin may be recycled.
Its ingredients are 70% lightmeat tuna, springwater, salt.
And the nutritional information is as follows per serving (74g):
Energy 395kJ, protein 19.5g, fat 1.7g, carbohydrate < 1g, sodium 259mgs.
It contains all natural ingredients and is high in omega3, it is 98% fat free and best of all, this product is dolphin friendly!
Upon opening the tin, there is a quite strong fishy smell. The tuna itself is plentiful and once drained it flakes off nice and easily. There is a slightly salty taste to the tuna but from the taste you can tell it is good quality, unlike some of the less expensive brands available.
I usually use this tuna for sandwich filler, mixed with mayonnaise and onions and corn, however, left to stand over night it does become somewhat watery and this my only complaint with the product.
John West Tuna's are available from all shops and supermarkets. It retails at around £1.50 a tin, however multipacks may be purchased costing you less.
There are loads of other variations in the John West tuna range, such as products ready mixed with mayonnaise and onoins, but I find my own mix cheaper and tastier.
Tuna is highly beneficial in the diet, it is full of Omega3 and healthy fats. If you are pregnant it is recommended you cut back on tuna consumption. But if you are not, it is an ideal way of getting very important nutrients to the body which may otherwise be forgotten about.
I often eat tuna about once every week or two. I use it to make sandwiches, combined with salad or sometimes as part of a pasta dish. It goes nice with olive oil, lemon juice or a little mustard. Although common in pubs and bars, I usually avoid mashing it up with mayonnaise. Tinned tuna is a convenience food and although tasty, it cannot be compared the meaty flavour and texture of fresh tuna. Both canned and fresh tuna are available throughout the year. John West is one of the better known brands and probably does compete for the best quality tuna you can buy in a can. However, it can be a lot more expensive when compared with other brands on supermarket shelves so it is advised to experiment and shop around.
Tuna is a nutritious food rich in tryptophan, selenium, protein and the vitamins B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin) and B6 (pyrydoxine). It also contains an abundance of potassium. Magnesium and phosphorus as well as being rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
Some health groups suggest that tuna should not be eaten more than once a month on account of the possibility of mercury contamination in fish. Some reports advise that canned tuna should not be eaten more than once a month. It should be noted that nearly all fish contain traces of mercury and in most fish this is not a problem. But certain fish contain relatively higher levels of mercury on account of them being at the top end of the food chain. According to the food standards agency pregnant women and women who are planning a pregnancy should avoid eating shark meat, marlin and swordfish as well as limiting the amount of tuna they eat. For normal adults the advice is to only eat these fish once a week. People who have kidney problems or gout may want to limit or avoid intake of tuna on account of its purine content.
However, for me there are other concerns whenever I decide to buy a can of tuna. Tuna was once abundant in the warm water areas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea, but now tuna, like most fish, is being over-fished and it is thought that Blue Fin tuna is now threatened with extinction. There are also other environmental issues to take into account such as the effects some fishing nets have on dolphins and other marine wildlife. Taking these issues into account I have definitely cut down on the amount of tuna I buy and I make sure that I never throw any away.
For some odd reason, every time I pick up a can of tuna I think of probably the lamest joke I have heard and it came off of the movie - Rocky V. Rocky is speaking with his son and the following takes place:
Rocky: "Knock, knock"
Son: "Who's there?"
Son: "Tuna who?"
Rocky: "You can 'tune-a' piano, but you can't 'tune-a' fish!"
Yes, I know it is lame, but I already warned you to begin with. The reason it probably sticks in my mind is because it is the ONLY joke I can ever remember hearing about tuna. Now it is time to scale back on the jokes and try to catch your attention with less weighty matters!
This review is not about Rocky or his six-pack. Instead, it is about John West and his tuna fish. This tuna actually comes in Springwater, in Brine or in Sunflower oil (as pictured above). Our boys like it in oil but the wife and I prefer it in brine or springwater.
About John West company, their website states that they "have been selling Tuna since 1927 but the first JW canned Tuna appeared in the U.K. in 1952, laying the foundations for today's buoyant £155 million market."
Different types are available in 100g, 185g, or 425g tins. Tuna Steak comes in Brine or Sunflower Oil and comes from Portugal, Indonesia, Ghana, Maldives and Seychelles. Tuna Chunks comes from Thailand, Ghana or Seychelles and is available in Brine, Sunflower Oil or Springwater. Tuna Slices and Tuna Slices Smoked is only available in Sunflower Oil and comes from Thailand.
We normally buy it in the 185g tins which I find to make a nice appetizing meal. One of my favourite lunch meals is to take a tin of this tuna (any variety) and put in a little light mayo, stir in some salsa, and add a little HP sauce for tang, and sprinkle some cheese over it. Pop the entire mixture into the microwave until it reaches the desired temperature and ENJOY! No bread, just a nice bowl better than anything you "can" get with Weightwatchers!
JW tends to keep things simple and the contents of this particular tin in front of me states: Tuna, water, salt (in that order). Tuna is very good for you and this can (without my extra ingredients!) weighs in at only 73 calories for 1/2 tin and 0.3g of fat (saturates only 0.1g). This means that I can enjoy the entire tin by myself for only 0.5g of fat (from the side of the tin) and it even provides 33.2g of protein per full tin.
What's it like? Or, the experience --
1. Approach tin with a tin opener and prepare for the first smell of tuna from the briny deep! To understand the full "import" of this smell, pay a visit to a small fishing village when the mist is coming in off the sea, the air is moist, and the boats are beginning to make their way back into harbour with the early morning catch.
2. The first smell wafts out quite quickly and attacks the senses and your mouth begins to water as you finish opening the tin and you can hardly wait to "sink" your teeth into these juicy morsels.
3. The top finally comes off the tin and there it is a "well-rounded" meal of tender chunks canned for your pleasure (and JW's profit margin - they are not cheap tins and work out at about £6.50-7.50 per kg to put it into context based on where you shop)!
5. Your mind begins to twirl with such important questions as, "Do I succumb to having a small taste? Will anybody "catch" me doing it?"
6. With a fork or spoon, you proceed to put the "net" contents of the tin into a small bowl and begin adding your selected ingredients.
What more could you ask for? For a quick and easy meals that is simply done, just add a tin of tuna into macaroni and cheese. Or how about a tuna sandwich with a slice of avocado and a hint of lemony mayo? Mixing salsa with a tin of tuna and spreading on crackers with a tiny bit of soured cream makes a wonderful treat, especially if the mixture has been well-chilled!
And if like Captain Ahab, you love the taste of the open seas, then grab a tin and have a whale of a time enjoying your next treat!