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      07.09.2011 16:29
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      Tasty and cheaper!

      I like to buy sainsburys basics tuna as it can be so expensive to buy the premium branded ones, I was a little apprehensive when buying as thought it wouldn't taste as good! But I have to say it was perfectly fine!

      It comes in a white and orange tin with a little fish drawing on front. The tin requires and tin opener to open (like most tins of tuna) as it does not have a pull ring. The tin weight is 185g, but obviously less once it has been drained.

      The tin is easy to drain and the tuna is a pale browny/pink colour and quite firm and has large chunks! It is perfect for mixing in with Rice/pasta or for use in a sandwich.

      The tuna tin says it is dolphin friendly and that the tuna has been caught in the Maldives and per 100g the tuna contains:


      113kcal
      Protein 27.og
      fat 0.5g
      salt 1.00g

      I think its important to keep an eye on the salt content as many things are so high in salt these days but this tuna is good for salt content. Tuna is a great food which is high in protein and low in calories/fat- a perfect dieting food!

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      24.06.2011 11:59
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      Not a cheap tasting fish

      After trying Tesco Value tinned tuna with disastrous results, I thought I was taking something of a risk attempting Sainsbury's basics tuna - still, nothing ventured, nothing gained!

      Like the majority of basics products, the tinned tuna is found on the bottom shelf (quite difficult to stoop down to at the moment with my slipped disc!).
      It is easily recognisable, displaying the orange and white basics label - it even has a basic little fish on the front.

      Typically with basics products, the tin does not have a ring pull and requires a tin opener to open.
      The tin contains 185g, however when this is drained, this reduces to 130g.
      Once opened, there is a mild fishy smell, nothing in comparison to the over bearing cheap smell of fish I had encountered with the Tesco tuna.

      The brine is easily drained from the fish and reveals a very firm pale-ish, pinky brown coloured fish (it's quite difficult to describe!). Once decanted into a dish for mixing, the fish is chunky as opposed to breaking apart in flakes. It is not at all mushy and requires firm fork action when mixing in the mayo.

      The tuna has a lovely fresh taste and this combined with the excellent texture makes for a lovely tuna mayo salad sandwich. Great on a crusty baguette, or plated up for a salad. I also like to mix with onions to add a bit of crunch and also lots of vinegar to wake up my taste buds, yum.

      The tuna is dolphin friendly, with Sainsbury's stating that each tuna fish is caught one by one with a pole and line in the Maldives.
      Which begs the question - just how much are they paying those doing the fishing? Costing a mere 55p per tin, equating to just 30p per 100g, it certainly can't be much!!

      Ingredients in the can are minimal - Skipjack tuna, water and salt.

      100g of the drained product contains:
      113kcal
      Protein 27.og
      Carbohydrate nil
      of which are sugars nil
      starch nil
      fat 0.5g
      of which saturates 0.1g
      mono-saturates 0.2g
      polyunsaturates
      0.2g
      fibre nil
      salt 1.00g
      of which is sodium 0.26g

      This is an excellent, tasty, good value for money product - I have stocked up and have a few tins in my cupboard. It puts Tescos offering to shame!

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      12.05.2011 10:14
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      A great tin of tuna from the Sainsbury's Basics range.

      I sometimes buy this tuna if I'm doing a pasta dish as I find that it works really well in it. A 185g tin of tuna chunks costs just 45p, which is quite a bit cheaper than the other tuna on offer.

      --- The Tin ---
      This tuna comes in tin that is 4cm tall x 8.5cm in diameter. It has to be opened using a can opener as does not have a ring pull on it. Around the centre of the can there is a white and orange label that has all of the product details on.

      On the lid of the can it says that the tuna is caught using pole and line methods only.

      --- The Tuna ---
      The tuna chunks in this can are contained in brine to keep them fresh till opened. Once the brine has been drained off, it leaves the nice tuna dry in the can. The tuna has a nice fishy smell and is dark pink in colour. It says that it contains chunks and that is definitely what it contains. The tuna is compacted into the tin, but there does seem to be some large chunks in it.

      Before getting it out of the tin, I usually chop it up into smaller chunks at it makes it easier to work with in a meal. I find that when I mix it up into a pasta dish the chunks turn into large flakes quite easily.

      The tuna has quite a nice taste to it which I find is quite similar to other more expensive tins of tuna. It has a meaty texture to it but it still tastes like fish which is what I like about it. Despite it being part of the Basics range, it doesn't taste like cheap fish at all. It tastes a lot like the more expensive brands.

      --- Healthiness ---
      Per half a tin, the tuna contains 73 calories, 0.3g fat, 0.65g salt and no sugar. As it is stored in brine water then this will account for the moderate level of salt present.

      --- The Verdict ---
      I really like this tuna in many different meals as it is cheap, of good quality and very tasty. Despite being such a low price, it tastes like it costs a lot more. There are no negative points that I can find with it as it is a very good value product.

      I am going to give it 5/5 as it is really good and I shall be buying it again in the future.

      Thanks fore reading.

      This review may also appear on my Blog and on Ciao under the same username.

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        11.12.2010 00:28
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        Decent value

        I'm not a big tuna fan really so it's more difficult for me to differentiate between good and bad. More often than not I take tuna in a meal rather than by itself so for the most part, unless there are any decent offers on, I'll get the cheapest.

        I used to share it with the cat but if you've read any other recent reviews you'll know that I have got it all to myself now. Sob!

        This Basics can cost me only 50p which seems to be a good price at the moment when compared to premium brands,

        It comes in a 185g tin but it is interesting to note that the drained weight is only 130g. It features the standard Basics packaging in white with orange and black writing.

        Sainsburys make a big thing about this tuna being "still chunky and meaty" presumably contrasting it with other cheap brands which may not be.

        Similarly, the tuna is fished by pole and line. Well, that would be really hard to know for sure so I'll take that with a pinch of salt.

        Salt, you say? Yes, there's some of that - in a full can there is 1.3g - I make that 1% of the drained weight. Calories in a full can are 146 so not too bad on that score.

        The product is produced in Thailand for Sainsbury's and we are told not only that the tuna is "dolphin friendly" but that the product contains fish. Well, there's a thing.

        Once you have opened it you should remove it from its metal container and eat it within 24 hours.

        To me, it tastes not too bad although perhaps not as flavoursome as some I have had. True to their word, there are some chunks in it, but in the can I have just had most of with my jacket potato there was a fair bit of loose stuff as well. I suspect that it isn't the best available quality but it really is OK from a taste perspective.

        I suspect that tuna aficionados will poo poo this just because it is from the Basics range. However, when mixed with a dressing in a salad, I would consider it to be perfectly acceptable.

        If you haven't tried it, it might be worth a taste - you can always return to your usual brand if for any reason it doesn't suit.

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          25.05.2010 13:11
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          An awesome product

          I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with tuna. I absolutely love fresh tuna and would rate it as one of my favourite meals, especially when it is grilled with lime and black pepper. To some extent I also like certain types of tinned tuna. What I really can't stand though is when you open a can of sub-standard tuna and it just smells like a tin of cat food. Rank!

          So with this in mind, it was with some trepidation that I approached my can of Sainsbury's Basics Tuna. I was really surprised by the quality of the tuna and relieved to see that it was packed in brine rather than oil (another of my tuna related 'hates'). The tin boasts that the tuna is "still chunky and meaty" and that is exactly how I found it. The fish is flaked into large, chunky bits and isn't at all mushy like some other brands.

          The tin also boasts that the tuna is caught using a traditional line method which minimises the effect on the environment. Most importantly for me, Sainsbury's Basics Tuna is also dolphin friendly, so you can enjoy it with a clear conscience. One other thing that caught my eye on the tin was that the allergy panel advised that the product contains fish - well you would hope so wouldn't you!

          Sainsbury's Basics Tuna gets a big thumbs up from me and I am a self confessed tuna snob. It is great value and very good quality. I would recommend it wholeheartedly!

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          09.05.2010 18:58
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          Try it for yourself and see what you think.

          Some products in the Sainsbury's Basics range offer good value for money but it is very much a case of try them out and draw your own conclusions. Tuna fish used to be considered cheap and it was always the poor man's salmon. But over the past few years tuna fish has become very popular and I feel that it makes a very enjoyable sandwich, a good topping for a jacket potato and it goes well with a large plate of fresh salad.

          Some of the larger supermarkets have been running very good offers on John West tuna fish but even when it is on special offer it is still quite expensive. I had thought about trying the Sainsbury's Basic tuna fish before but had backed off, heaven knows why because I regularly buy the Sainsbury's smoked salmon trimmings and use them to make fish cakes, so why should a can of tuna fish be any different.

          Sainsbury's offer 185g of tuna in brine for 45p, that is half of the price of the leading brands so it has to be a bargain price. But the low price is all but useless if the product fails to meet a certain standard.
          The can is simply wrapped with the Sainsbury's orange and white basics label and for your 45p you get no ring-pull. Once the can is open you instantly notice that the tuna fish is a good colour, the flesh is pink and the fish is not all in flakes, there are some good sizeable chunks waiting to come out of the can.
          The Sainsbury's basics tuna smells good but there is a lot of brine in the can. Of course this will not affect the overall weight of the canned fish.
          Take a look at the contents of the can and you will see that it contains Skip jack tuna fish, water, salt and the product comes from Thailand.

          We all know that an average can of tuna fish does not go very far and once the Sainsbury's basics tuna fish has been drained and tipped into a bowl then there is just about enough to serve two.
          The tuna fish comprises of good chunky pieces that would be good to serve with a salad or on top of that jacket potato and it would mash well with some mayonnaise to fill sandwiches.

          A half of the 185g can of tuna provides you with just 68 calories, so that is excellent. Sainsbury's have also stated that the tuna fish is suitable for coeliacs. I have just been looking to see if Skip jack tuna are dolphin friendly and it seems to appear that they are not.

          The Sainsbury's basics tuna looks fine in the can and it tastes much the same as any other canned tuna fish. Sainsbury's have managed to present it well enough so that it is a versatile canned fish and the price is brilliant.
          When you have finished with the can it is recyclable so it is hard to find fault with the product.
          If you are a Sainsbury's basics bargain hunter then this is one that you need to try for yourself but if you are a die-hard brand fanatic I would say then stick with what you know and enjoy.

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          19.04.2010 12:20
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          Very good all round!

          Hurrah! DooYoo accepted my product suggestion.

          I'm trying to be more savvy with my money and am in the process of trying various value type products. As we're now coming up to summer and I'm in the process of eating lots of tuna salads in a bid to lose some weight, I thought I would try Sainsbury's Basics Tuna.

          Basics Tuna can be found with the other canned fish, in the tinned food section of the supermarket. It is easy to find, due to the distinctive orange and white packaging of the Basics range. It costs 45p for a 185gram tin, which is much cheaper than other brands, for example, Princes comes in at £1.38, so a large saving if you eat a lot of tuna.

          All the necessary information is clearly visible on the tin, for example, nutritional information, best before and contact information. The tin also specifies that the tuna is Dolphin Friendly which is also good as that is important to a lot of people, including myself. I also like the handy pie chart on front of the tin, showing you how many calories, grams of fat, salt, etc half a can contains. Am not entirely sure it is necessary to say 'contains fish' as I would be concerned if it didn't, but I suppose it's one of those silly laws.

          The tuna comes in brine, which is perfect for me as I love brine. At the moment, they don't seem to offer options in springwater, but correct me if I'm wrong. Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with the typical smell of tuna, mixed with brine. It was hard to see the tuna, as so much brine was floating on top, but once I had drained it away, I was pleased that the tuna looked chunky, flakey and slightly pink, as it should. There is a lot of brine in the tin, so you do get slightly less tuna than you would from a premium brand - however you definately get value for money.

          I served my tuna over a salad of lettuce and tomatoes. I rarely season tuna, as I don't think it needs it and this tuna proved to be just as tasty as the premium brands, with the usual crumbly and slightly chewy texture. In all honesty, in a taste-test, I don't think I would be able to tell the difference between this and a premium brand.

          Half a can of this tuna contains 68 calories and 0.3grams of fat, so it is a low fat and inexpensive way of bulking up summer salads or pasta.

          I would recommend this product as it is just as good as any other brand and will definately help me save off my weekly shopping bill. My only problem with it is the fact there is no ringpull - so make sure you have a tin opener (Basics, of course...)!

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