Well, my trolley is full of tesco value products. I have been shopping in Tesco for years and have found myself progressively buying more and more of the value range products as time goes by so much so that we rarely buy brand names now it seems.
Ok they are not necessarily the best, the most eco friendly, the tastiest, the most nicely and attractively packaged, the best whatever but hey, they are certainly the most affordable for a budget conscious mum of 2 growing and eating more by the day young boys.
Well the TUNA VALUE is no different. Yes, it has increased in price quite dramatically in the last couple of years but it still beats all the other brands in the shop and it also beats any bulk purchase of tuna in Costco.
On its own I would grant it is not the nicest and won't win any grand tuna competition but really for any recipes using tuna, it is perfectly fine I can assure you, there is nothing wrong with it and it saves lots of money.
So to me, the trick with these plain low value products, clearly not Michelin star award winner items, is to be creative with your cooking. Use your Tesco tuna value in a pasta tuna and tomato bake, in a salade nicoise, in a tuna and mayonnaise, in a vegetarian quiche, etc etc you get the gist. Mixed with something else and especially in a sauce, no one will realise it is a value product but yet you will have the satisfaction to have not over spent .
I have been really trying to reduce my weekly shop and as a result I have been buying more and more Tesco value products. I love my local Tesco's, it is huge and there is a value version of soo many products.
A standard tin of tuna is now about £1 and a value tin is about half the price. The packaging is just so ugly though I would not have previously wanted to buy some value tuna. The packaging is cream with strips and it just looks as cheap as it is. Luckily I doesn't laste as bad as the packaging looks. Also the packaging does clearly show that this tuna is dolphin friendly which is great.
Opening the tin I always drain the brine completely. I generally then always add a load of Mayo and then put it in a sandwich, a wrap or a toastie. This Tesco value tuna is just as yummy as all other brands that I have previously tried. I literally cannot see or taste any difference! I guess tinned tuna is tinned tuna no matter who catches it and paackages it. It's all pink, free from any bones and tastey, my favourite things to have tinned tuna in is sandwiches, wraps, top and toassties as well as occasionally having it with jacket potatoes and in a pasta dish.
I will definately not let the packaging put me off buying this tuna in the future. For the sake of having ugly looking packaging in my kitchen cupboards I will be saving the pennies and sticking with this one.
Tesco value tuna chunks in brine (canned) I used to buy it all the time as it taste just as good as the leading brands and great value for money, but it has nearly doubled in price in the last year so now I do not buy tuna much anymore which is sad as it is a low fat and healthy option in a nation where obesity is a major health issue. I wonder why it has become so expensive its tragic!
I'm not very much of a fish lover, I have to be in the mood to eat it really however I do buy a can of tuna occasionally so I can have a tuna and salad cream sandwich and the likes and share some of the tuna with my lovely Myrtle (cat!).
When I was recently in my local Tesco store I bought us a can of this and it cost me 82p for a 185g can of the stuff which I thought was very good value for money compared to branded ones that Tesco stocked....I didn't want to have to take a mortgage on just a can of tuna after-all!
The can has a light cream coloured label on it and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by, that it is dolphin friendly and then on the back of the can ingredients and nutritional advice is given and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice enough can this one and its informative enough too.
The fish is a pinkish colour, smells fishy and the fish is mixed with brine and salt. I drain mine off in sieve and then because it isn't overly seasoned I add my own pinch of salt to it and a bit of cracked black pepper.
There are no bones in this, no bits of skin and it really is just fish and I really like this. The fish isn't dry unless you bash too much of the brine out of it which is what I did with my first can, so now I'm more careful with it and leave a little brine within it.
This is great mixed with sweetcorn and popped on a spud or in a sandwich and me cat loves it as much as I do and it only has 65 calories within half the can of it as well and there's only 0.1g of saturated fat so my hips don't mind it either so thumbs up for this one Tesco!
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I am trying to cut back on my grocery shopping bills because I spend way too much. One of the things that I always buy on my fortnightly shops is a four pack of tuna from quite a luxury brand name, which usually comes to about a fiver.
I love tuna and eat it most days for lunch in a sandwich or in a salad or with pasta etc and it is a really versatile and healthy food so I like making sure there's some in the cupboard. When I last went shopping I decided to buy a couple of tins of the Tesco value tuna because it is a lot cheaper and I knew that even if I didn't like it, it wouldn't go to waste as I have a dog who eats anything!
I paid 75 pence for each 185 gram tin, which is about 30p less than a tin of the same sized more luxurious brand of tuna. 30p isn't that much to be honest and I'd rather pay that bit more for the extra quality after buying this and being very disappointed and a little repulsed! The first thing that I don't like about this tuna is that the tin that it comes in has no ring pull, so a can opener is needed.
I find this messier than a ring pull can and the brine tends to pour out while I open it no matter how careful I am, leaving my hands and kitchen surface smelling of fish. The second thing I don't like is how much stronger it smells than the brand I usually buy. The smell is actually quite overpowering and whereas normal tuna smells fishy, this actually smells like dead and rotting fish. I hate really fishy smells so this made me feel a bit sick.
I noticed upon opening the can and draining way the murky brine that there was a lot more dark bits in the tuna - the fatty kind of bits which have an almost jelly like texture. The fish didn't look as 'meaty' and instead of being chunky it was mushy and falling apart - pretty much like pate. As for the taste, it isn't too bad - it tastes of tuna, but the mushy texture ruins it as does the lack of good quality tuna as there's so much brown and dark grey bits of fat/slimy stuff!
I couldn't eat much of this and the dog had the rest of the can and he will be having the other can for his breakfast tomorrow! I wouldn't recommend this as the quality is just awful, it would be ok in a tuna mayo sandwich drowned with mayo to cover up the gloopy, mushy texture but on its own in a salad or a nice sandwich it is pretty repulsive.
I recently stumbled upon this in the back of my for cupboard as I am at the end of my pay week I had a rummage to see what I could find! I have to being the mood for tuna however I rather fancied it today.
Comes in a can with the Tesco logo clearly shown. There is a picture of a dolphin on the can. Tesco only sell Dolphin friendly products I am pleased to announce! These Tuna chunks come in brine and smell fishy with a hint of salt. You simply use a can opener drain the brine away and serve. This is very low in calories and it is ideal for those of you watching your weight or are looking for a healthy meal.
I had mine today with a jacket potato. The chunks are pale pink in colour and taste very meaty indeed. I eat these in sandwiches and with salad and so on. You can add your own dressing if required. I have also made a Tuna pasta bake or even tuna pasta and sweet corn with mayo or salad cream.
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Price and Availability
These tins of tuna are unsurprisingly available from Tesco. You can get them online and in most size stores that stock tinned tuna products. At the time of writing a 185g tin of Tesco Value Tuna Chunks will set you back 54p. This in my opinion is a great price as tinned tuna seems to be getting more expensive. As a point of comparison at the time of writing a Princes multi-pack of 4 185g tins of tuna is on offer at £4.00, equating to £1.00 a tin so branded tuna is coming in at least double the price of this Tesco Value product.
This product comes in a tin without a ring pull, meaning you will need a tin opener to get into it. This personally isn't an issue for me. This tuna drains just as messily as other tuna's in brine and is dolphin friendly so in this respect it is on par with other products twice it's price. It comes in the signature red, white and blue value packaging. Not a problem for me but food snobs may not like it on show (I'm talking to you mum!). The label contains all the general food information and the nutritional values are the same as any other tinned tuna. It also has a good shelf life of around two years so it's ideal for any impending apocalypse's.
None of the above information matters if the product isn't any good though...so is it? Yes. This tuna tastes exactly like all the other tinned tuna I have ever had. It looks the same, a nice pink colour. It tastes the same and it has a good texture. I have tried value tuna from other retailers and it has been mushy. I am pleased to say that this states 'chunks' and it's chunks you get. It flakes up lovely in a tuna mayo sandwich and I use it to make tuna burgers and fishcakes without any problems. It's an all round winner.
As a vegetarian, fish is one of my main foods as it keeps me healthy without having to eat meat. As a student, I tend to buy a lot of own branded food such as Tesco Value or Sainsburys Basics because they are the cheapest.
The tuna comes in a similar size tin to competitor brands at 185g, although it is not available as a multi pack which to be honest it doesn't need to be at such a low price! As you can see from the image, it needs to be opened with a tin opener as it does not have the usual pull off lid that is becoming common in tinned products. I have to admit this did annoy me a little as I had to buy a tin opener (how silly am I ha ha).
The tin has the statement Tesco Value packaging with a picture of tuna on the front with all the ingredients, nutritional information etc on the back. As the tin is quite small you can store a lot of it in a small cupboard without taking up too much room which is good.
John West tuna used to be my favourite as you could buy the tuna in spring water, brine, sea water or fresh water meaning you could get slightly different flavours to the tuna. Tesco value just comes in brine which I personally find a little irritating but for 48p a tin you can't really complain about such little issues. It is a bigger tin for under half the price.
I have to admit, when I first tried the tuna I wasn't really expecting much from it. Tesco Value can be very hit and miss! For example their chocolate cookies are lovely, but their tomato soup is not up to much. I think it largely depends on the product though.
When I opened the tuna I did have to drain out the brine, which was quite simple when you used the lid to hold the tuna inside but as its sharp you have to be quite careful. The tuna smells fresh and it is very clean and not mushy or soggy. To be honest, it tasted almost identical to the John West tuna that is ridiculously popular.
You can't really go wrong with tuna that costs next to nothing but tastes the same as top brand. I would definately buy it again and stock up as it takes a long time to go out of date! It is such a healthy food and contains so much goodness which everyone needs.
Tuna is one of my meal staples, and i stock up on alot of the Tesco Value tuna as it's such good value compared to alot of other brands.
The tuna comes in a round 185 gram can, and as far as i am aware the tesco value tuna is not available in multi packs. The can doesn't have a ring pull, which in my opinion lets it down a little as it takes up more time to open, so if i'm rushing i usually just grab something else rather than fiddling about with a tin opener, but i am learning to plan ahead more so this shouldn't be too much of an issue soon lol.
The tin is easy to open with the can opener but the lid once removed is quite sharp so be sure to watch your fingers and throw it straight in the bin! While opening it, a bit of the brine usually escapes which is obviously smelly so it's important to be careful so it doesn't get everywhere.
The packaging of the tin is basic but not ugly or bland, it has a paper label wrapped around the metal tin (presumably aluminium), the label has the product name, the tesco value logo, nutritional info such as calories/fat and a picture on the background of the tuna. To be honest the picture makes it look a bit like cat food (in my personal opinion) but it's never put me off! The can is recycable too which is good.
Price wise, it's 45p per 185g can. This is more than £1 less then the John West tuna chunks, and you also get 65g more!
The tuna is not soggy or mushy like i was expecting - the chunks are a good size and the same colour as any other tuna. It looks/smells/tastes lovely and fresh. It is certianlly not tasteless and tastes pretty much like my old (but expensive!) favourite John West tuna, however it does taste a tiny bit different and i can't quite but my finger on it. The consistency is the same and it smells the same. I personally do not consume the brine the tuna comes in (i'm not sure if anyone does?!) but it is just water and salt.
Making a meal out of this is easy. It can be put ontop of homemade pizzas or jacket potatoes, mixed into casseroles/pasta, put into a nice salad or be added to a sandwich with salad cream, or perhaps even eaten on its own! It is a very healthy option and it contains many natural minerals and oils from the fish. I am full usually after half a can so a can will last me for 2 meals which equals 22.5p each!
The ingredients is simple: Tuna fish, water and salt - this is reassuring there are no bulking materials in there like most value brands add, and no yucky preservatives.
Tuna in my opinion appeals to all age groups. It is a healthy, quick, cheap (if bought from the tesco value range!) meal which contains plenty of goodness, and overall this is a brilliant product that is an absoloute bargain. I would 110 percent reccomend it! No complaints from me.
At home we all love tuna and so I tend to make sure we always have a couple of tins in the cupboard. We have tried many a brand from expensive fancy tuna through to cheap value versions like this Tesco one.
Currently priced at £0.49 for a 185g tin you really can't go wrong, as far as we are concerned tuna is all the same, expensive or not.
I always buy tuna chunks in brine as opposed to in oil, as I find it is a lot less messy when opening a tin. This value tuna comes in a small standard metal tin with their Tesco red, blue and white value label wrapped around its centre. The one slight annoyance of mine with this product, is that it doesn't have a ring pull to open on the lid so you need to use a traditional tin opener to get into it. When I'm at home of course this isn't a problem, but if I'm at work wanting to make a sandwich it can be a little troublesome if I cannot find a tin opener!
Inside the can, there is a good quantity of tuna with it pretty much full to the lid. There is enough brine to keep the tuna chunks moist and to not dry out, but not too much that the tuna is swilling in the stuff. You can easily drain the brine from the tin either using a colander/strainer or simply using the lid of the tin.
Compared to some of the more expensive brands that sell tuna, the chunks in this value one are not quite so big but for the money and quality who would complain. We tend to use this tuna for sandwiches mixing it with mayonnaise, but it could just as easily be used in many a recipe as it is so versatile. After draining off the brine, I find that this tin makes two good quantity tuna sandwiches.
The taste of the tuna is really good and tastes of good quality. Being in chunks you get more tuna to taste in a bite than if it was flaked. It is also dolphin friendly so you know that it is totally free from any dolphin meat.
Nutritional Values for half a can that has been drained (64.5g):
Saturated fat 0.1g
Overall I have been really impressed with this value tuna and will continue to stick with this - I mean why pay almost double the price for something that tastes exactly the same. This is a really healthy product that can be eaten with anything and in most recipes. I always used to avoid the value products in shops thinking they would be of poor quality, but I have been totally converted with this product.
I am always looking at ways to reduce my food bills and for me tinned tuna is one of the products that I see as a cupboard staple and also one that brand does not matter, tinned tuna is tinned tuna and a fancy label on the tin will not change that.
I use tinned tuna on a regular basis to add to pasta bakes, sandwich and jacket potatoes fillings and salads etc. After realising how much you can pay for tuna I decided to give the Tesco value tuna chunks in brine a go and have not brought a different brand since unless the offer prices are lower than the value range.
The tuna chunks come in a 185g tin (129g drained weight), and cost around £0.45. The tin does not have a pull opening so you will need to dig out the can opener from the back of your draw for this one. It also has very simple and plain packaging with the label having the usual red/white and blue value theme. But it still contains the necessary nutritional, ingredients and storage listings on the back.
Tinned tuna is also low in fat so is great for anyone on a diet, the basic nutritional information of half a can of the value tuna chunks is:
Calories (kcal) - 65
Sugar - trace
Fat - 0.4g
Saturated Fat - 0.1g
Salt - 0.5g
For me this tinned tuna is just as good as any leading brands it has a fresh taste and is a fantastic healthy addition to any meal. It is also dolphin friendly so you are not sacrificing this for the lower price. You will also not find any bones or skin, just lovely meaty chunks of tuna perfect to eat cold straight from the tin or to add to a hot dish.
On my usual weekly shop to tesco I decided to buy there own value brand tuna chunks in brine to see if there was any difference in taste from the more expensive brands but there wasn't. The only difference I found was the price as more popular well known brands can be bought for £1.24 for a single can of 185g where as for the same size of can in the tesco value range it only costs 45p which is a rather big difference for the same thing!
The can features the value label on it which is very simple and easy to read. It is opened with the traditional method of the tin opener instead of some of the more newer methods of the ring pull or even foil tops which you simple pull open. This particular tuna is dolphin friendly which is clearly stated on the label and must be kept in a cool dry place but once opened if any contents is left it must be put into a non-metallic container, covered and stored in a fridge.
Since I have started buying tesco value tuna I have never bought any other make or brands since as I find there is no difference in taste just price, so there is no need to pay more for the same product. Great tasting tuna which is very affordable.
This tuna is one of my all time faves in the Value range. Open the cupboard in our kitchen and you will find at least half a dozen tins of stuff.
This is currently selling for 55p for 185g. One of the leading brands sells at £1.10 for the same amount, so there really is a good saving with this product.
As with all the Tesco Value ranges it is branded with the usual Tesco logo and the product name on a red background. I like this as straight away the products are recognisable. The tin is like any other and has to be opened, carefully, with a tin opener.
Now, to the actual tuna itself. Personally I don't taste any difference between this and the leading brands. The chunks aren't as meaty as with other brands but for me that does not detract any taste or quality away from the product. One thing I do find is that there is a lot of brine with this then with other brands, but as you just pour it away I don't find it a problem.
In our house this is enjoyed as a very versitile meal maker in pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches, baked potatoes and pitta bread. Also our dog loves tuna so this a lot cheaper, and healthier, then buying tinned dog food.
The product I am reviewing today is Tesco Value Tuna Chunks in Brine. I have been buying this for more than ten years and whilst the tuna isn't as chunky as the leading brand, in my opinion, it is excellent value for money.
The tuna is contained within a 4cm high flat tin and is similar in size to all the other brand name tunas. The labelling is a little pain with the Tesco Value blue and red logo situated in the upper left hand corner and a red banner across the centre displaying the words "Tuna Chunks in brine" in white lettering.
What always make me laugh is when manufacturers provide an image of the product and advise it is a "serving suggestion", such as this tin label which shows a dish of tuna on it's own. Not very innovative of Tesco! On closer inspection of the tin, I can see the tiny edge of a lettuce leaf and sliced tomato, so we are obviously being informed we can eat salad with this product!
As you would expect from a Value range product there is no ring pull, so a tin opener is required to open the tuna. I always find that my tin opener removes a slither of the label, which always ends up resting in the food! I don't know whether this is simply my tin opener or the design of the tin, but it doesn't tend to happen when opening other tins.
Once opened, the tuna looks plentiful, but the pieces are tiny and resemble flakes as opposed to chunks. I always experience extreme difficulty when attempting to drain off the brine, as the tin is rather flimsy and awkward to hold, particularly as my tin opener removes the lid from underneath the lip.
I replace the lid and attempt to balance it over the tin whilst holding it upturned over the kitchen sink to drain off the brine. However, as the tuna resembles tiny flakes, I always find that I end up with a large amount running straight through my fingers and down the plug hole!
As you are no doubt aware, tuna is an extremely versatile product and I use it in a number of ways:-
· I like to mix it into mashed potato, add some chopped chives and sprinkle with a little grated cheese and place under the grill for a healthy but quick meal.
· I use it mixed with a little salad cream and sweetcorn to make a tasty nutritious sandwich filling or
· Simply add to chop salad or pasta
In my opinion, this tuna is extremely tasty and flavoured and is no different to the leading brand name.
The net weight of the tin is 185g and 129g when drained. The tin can be recycled once empty.
I checked on Tesco website for the price of this product and would advise that a 185g tin of Value tuna will cost you 45p. However, the same size product in their normal range will set you back 78p!
As there is such a huge price difference I decided to carry out a comparison and the only difference I can see is that the value tuna contains 1 less calorie per serving! I've previously purchased the 78p tin and the only difference I could find is that the tuna chunks are somewhat larger.
Both the front and rear of the tin informs us that the tuna is dolphin friendly and we are advised in the allergy advice that this product contains fish!? Um, are Tesco presuming we consumers are stupid? Of course it contains fish - it's tuna!!
There are no nuts within this product, but unfortunately, as with most products, there is no guarantee that the tuna is nut-free.
The nutritional information for half a drained can is, as follows:-
Once opened, the contents should be refrigerated within a lidded non-metallic container and consumed within two days.
I cannot give this tuna 5 stars, due to it being flakes as opposed to chunks, but it's most definitely excellent value for money and receives 4 stars from me.
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Money: Last time I checked, 45p, not bad huh? Although the tin is somewhat misleading with a lot of it being brine, which is not so nice on the palette. But then again it's no more than other branded stuff so drain that stuff away and get involved with some nutrition. Always check the drained weight (sometimes called net weight on other stuff) to really compare price, in this case the drained weight is 129g (considerably down in the 185g you thought you might be buying). Note that the price per 100g comparison thingy that tesco likes to do now on their prices, is the gross weight (inclusive of the brine). Therefore it's not REALLY that informative on the actual meat, bit more tricky calculations are required if you really want to compare price properly.
Taste: Really good! I'd go as far as saying as good as john west or princes at such a tiny proportion of the price. I mean tuna is tuna really right? It's dolphin friendly, for all those animal lovers out there, so they don't cut corners there. Don't really see the point in paying a premium for... packaging and multipacks? But then again that is only my opinion, people might prefer the taste of the leading brands but I think it's a lot to do with the psychology of marketing. Looking at the nutritional information, it's high in protein low in fat and low in calories, perfect for bodybuilders and dieters alike!
Ease: Pretty easy although it hasn't got a ring pull unlike some other brands. Then again I find it easier to drain the brine with a tin-opener-needing can. Just open it almost the whole way and squeeze the lid on top of the tuna to squeeze out the liquid. Remember to recycle too kids!
Downsides: Sometimes hard to open with a tin opener but that could be due to my rubbish tin opener or just me being rubbish. Also the stuff I said about net and gross weight in the money section.
Moneysaving tip: So there is an alternative that is a bit cheaper to the chunks, but you do compromise on the texture of the tuna. For some reason it's a bit more chewy and to be honest it looks a bit worse than chunks, but if you get over that you're in the money. It drains to the same weight so you're not losing out on meat. It's normally around 8-10p cheaper than the chunks, and the price will move in line with the chunks most probably, so will always be cheaper.
Overall: Healthy, cheap and tasty but with a cheaper alternative.