“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Fish „
I am a tuna fiend, usually stress out if there is any less than 4 tins in the kitchen cupboard, also, having been a tuna snob, I always only ever bought the named brands such as john west or princess. However, on a visit to my parents, my mum presented me with a jacket potato with this product and I have to say I was pleasently surprised. The tuna itself comes in spring water which drains easily and you are therefore not left with that oily feeling and taste that sunflower oil leaves.
The tuna itself was a very impressive pink, healthy colour, with no black bits or hard bits and were good solid chunks rather that that flakey stuff you would expect to get with a cheaper product, and it has a firm and 'meaty' texture.
It is indeed very reasonably priced, generally around 30-35p below that of branded products/ Sainsburys usually has an offer on multipacks of this product hence saving you more money.
As for disadvantages, I honestly cant think of a single one, this product does exactly what you expect it to do!
I am now a convert, its the only brand that fuels my tuna addiction!
We like tuna very much, so I buy 2-3 times a month a value pack of 4 cans. I prefer tuna in vegetable oil but sometimes I buy the spring water version as well. We tried some other brands as well but this one is really great. I like that the content is really chunk not only little pieces of fish.
¤¤¤ Price ¤¤¤
I buy a pack of four cans, which means 4x200 g for 3.69 pounds.
¤¤¤ Package ¤¤¤
The four cans are put on each other and are wrapped together in a blue - turquoise wrapper. There is a slight difference between the vegetable and spring water versions, so you have to read the label if you don't want to fail your favourite. The cans don't have handle to open them easily. I use an electric can opener.
¤¤¤ Texture and taste ¤¤¤
In my opinion the tuna in vegetable oil tastes a little bit better. The texture in both cases is really good, you can see on it that is really the meat of the tuna (chunks) and not cut-offs. I like tuna to other fishes because it has a special taste that is caracteristic only for tuna. Other fishes are or tasteless or have the same strong fish-taste I dislike. So this tuna has real tuna taste and I like it very much.
¤¤¤ Our favourite tuna sandwich ¤¤¤
Ingredients for 4 persons: 2 tuna chunks (without vegetable oil or spring water, so pour that out of the can), 2 boiled eggs, I medium chopped onion, lemon juice of half of a lemon, (1 teaspoon) salt, pepper and nutmeg according to your taste. I put all these things in my blender's bowl and prepare a cream of it. You can put the lemon juice, salt, pepper and nutmeg in it after you blended the rest. Then we put it on fresh bread or toast and eat it with tomatoes. Easy, cheap, healthy and ready in half an hour maximum.
¤¤¤ Our favourite hot pasta salad ¤¤¤
Ingredients for 4 persons: 2 cans of tuna, spaghetti or your favourite pasta for 4 persons, 1 medium chopped onion, 200 ml double cream, 100 g grated cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg according to your taste. I cook pasta as usual (I prefer spaghetti but it doesn't really matter the type). If possible I use a part of the oil of the tuna can (or olive oil) to sauté the chopped onion on it. Then I add the tuna and stir until it gets hot. I add the double cream. I use about 200 ml but it has to cover the tuna. Add the spices. Stir until it boils then add the cheese and the cooked pasta. Mix them carefully. I serve it immediately. It's easy and filling.
¤¤¤ Our favourite chilled pasta salad ¤¤¤
Ingredients for 4 persons: 2 cans of tuna, fussili or other kind of pasta but not spaghetti, 1 can of sweet corn, 3/4 cup of mayonnaise, salt, pepper, nutmeg. Cook the pasta as usual, then rinse it with cold water. After you strained it well, put it in a large bowl, add the tuna, the strained sweet corn and mix it carefully. Add mayonnaise (a part of it can be replaced with sour cream for lighter result) and spices to it and stir again carefully. Put it in the fridge for at least an hour. Serve chilled. You can prepare it quickly but it has to stay in the fridge.
¤¤¤ To sum up ¤¤¤
Eating fish is healthy, so why not try some new recipes to enlarge your diet? I like to cook new things from time to time, so I often search the net for a new tuna recipe. Sainsbury's tuna is cheap and delicious. I recommend it, give it a go!
My love of tuna is not shared by my wife or kids. My wife is vegetarian and my kids, well lets just say that they don't like the look or smell, so that just leaves me. Now with this in mind I have to be careful with the quantity that I buy as decanting into containers is a pain, especially for something that can smell quite distinctly. Anyone who shares these needs can relax in the knowledge that Sainsbury's tuna in spring water is here to our rescue.
They come in packs of 3 x 80g at a cost £1.25. This works out at just under 42 pence per tin, which is very good value in my opinion. The packaging is not the value basics range but rather a standard Sainsbury brand label, which is surprising as they sell a basic brand which costs more! There is a cardboard strip on top with a picture of a trawler out at sea, all very blue and watery looking, just to get you in the mood for some tuna. The information on the tin alerts me that the salt content is highlighted in orange at 0.42g per pack or 7% of my daily requirement, which to be honest, I can easily live with. Other than that the fat content is a dazzling 0.4%, no sugar and a meagre 63 calories per tin. Reassuringly, under dietary information the statement 'contains fish' can be read. The only actual ingredients are Skipjack tuna and water.
You can purchase the exact same tuna in Brine if you wish, personally I do not believe that this oily liquid adds anything to tuna and so always opt for the water variety instead. Be careful though as the packaging is almost identical. One small downside to the low cost of these tins is that there is no ring pull. So dig out the old can opener. My personal technique is to remove all but one small section with the tin opener, then carefully push the top metal plate down against the tuna below while tilting the tin over the sink. This will squeeze out the majority of the water without any further mess and fuss. Do be careful as there is a small risk of seriously injuring yourself with this technique, as you then have to prise the razor sharp piece out of the tin.
The tuna flakes are of varying consistency; large and small mixed, which doesn't bother me at all. I know some people seem to get quite excited about the consistency and texture of this fish, but let's face it this is basic tuna not salmon, so I take it as it comes. I find that there is enough tuna in a tin to provide two sandwich rounds (4 bread slices), and tastes great with sweetcorn (Green Giant salad crisp) and a little mayo. I also love to throw in with a pasta salad, again sweetcorn, peeper, onion and mayo provide a lovely lunchbox; possibly a little salt to taste.
So all in all a great value tuna in small enough tins not to bother the fridge with stinky messy containers of rotting fish. The taste is similar to other tunas but costs less. Oh, and did I mention that it is good for you too? Good enough for me.