“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Fish „
After all the rich food and feasting of Christmas I had a notion for a simple tuna and onion sandwich.
I usually buy tuna on offer in those 3 or 4 tin multipacks, but as I was doing a Tesco order online (I try to stick to a budget and make a list with each order) I just popped a tin of Tesco Everyday Value Tuna Chunks in Brine on the end.
It was 86p for a 185g tin so it wasn't going to throw me off target, but for a Value item I thought it was quite expensive. I usually spend on average approximately £1 per branded tin of tuna (as I say, I usually buy a multipack on offer) but I didn't need lots, plus as I am usually very happy with the quality of TEV products so I imagined I was safe enough.
The tin design, like much of TEV is different from the picture above, the red & blue has gone and in its place a nice photo of tasty looking tuna chunks and some pretty fishy boaty foody motifs!
The tin states that the tuna is dolphin friendly and caught by pole and line. Allergy advice states that the product contains fish, (I'd hope) the tuna was caught in the South West Atlantic, produced in the Seychelles, and that the can is recyclable.
So, what did I find once I opened the can?
Certainly not the tasty looking chunks pictured - the tin contained a watery mix of flakes (NOT chunks) of tuna in varying in shades of brown and not very appetising at all. I drained off the water which appeared to constitute half of the tin, and was left with dry multi-shaded flakes of fish.
I scooped it out into a bowl, mixed in some onion and a little bit of salad cream - and got enough for just one round of sandwiches.
It tasted OK, but after the dodgy look and the access water content I'm afraid I didn't enjoy my sandwich much, so I picked out the onion and gave the rest to the dogs.
I was quite glad I'd only planned to make a sandwich as it wasn't a big loss, but if I'd planned to fill a nice baked potato or make a pasta bake or the like my plans would have been scuppered.
I know I shouldn't expect too much from TEV, but frequently I'm pleased and surprised, however this product was more like cat food than any tin of tuna chunks I'd bought before - I actually felt a bit let down as I am always going on about the high standard of TEV.
This is not one of the TEV products I'd recommend. The fish was scrappy and waterlogged and not worth the money.
Mind you, the boys enjoyed their little snack, so as usual at Spaniel Hall, thankfully no food was wasted!
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I like to try Value/Basics ranges to see if I'm missing a cheaper alternative to what I usually buy. Being a lover of tuna, I thought I would give Tesco Value tuna flakes a go.
The 185g canned product can be found in the tinned meat/fish aisle at Tesco or can be purchased online. The can depicts a bowl of tuna partially covered with the easily recognizable tesco Value logo.
A can costs 48p, equating to 26p re 100g - there is however quite a lot of brine that needs to be discarded, the drained weight of the product is 129g.
Once opening the can with a tin opener (as with the majority of Value products there is no ring pull) a very fishy smell emerges. I am then able to push the lid down onto the tuna in order to tip the can and drain the excess brine. When the lid is removed the product can then be placed in a bowl and mixed with your condiment of choice - mine is always light mayonnaise.
Unlike the more expensive canned tuna, I find the Value tuna quite brown in colour, it is also far mushier than I would like - despite draining well. The flakes are obviously so thin that they compress to this consistency when pressed with a fork. When I added the mayo, it pretty much turned into sludge.
This could be forgiven if the taste was great - it's not! I know this sounds silly - what with it being fish but the tuna has a really fishy taste, it is very cheap tasting and reminds me somewhat of cat food!
The only ingredients in the can are tuna, water and salt. When drained 100g of the product contains 105kcal, 1.4g of fat, a trace of fibre and 0.2g of Sodium (salt equivalent 0.6g).
Tesco state that the product is produced in Mauritius and is dolphin friendly. The can is also made from recyclable steel.
Once opened, the tuna must be refrigerated and consumed within 2 days. There is no way that the tuna I opened would be able to stay in the fridge for that long, even when covered the stench would be too great. I managed to consume half a sandwich spread with the flakes and put the rest in the bin.
I'm not one to waste food but I really couldn't eat any more of this.
Sometimes I want something light and healthy for my lunch and I tend to keep cans of tuna in my pantry for such occasion. I usually buy one or two cans of tuna each week while shopping and while I don't always eat it every week it doesn't hurt to have a few stockpiled in the cupboard as the price can fluctuate quite a lot from week to week. It was a couple of weeks before I noticed that I was purchasing the tuna flakes in brine instead of tuna chunks in brine, this is probably because the price difference per can is 7p and I like to save a few pennies wherever I can.
This tuna is provided in a small aluminium can and you will need a tin opener for this as they save pennies by not having a ring pull on the top. this really doesn't bother me as I don't mind opening it to save myself a few pence anyway. There is a label on the can showing all the usual information and this does have a really cheap look to it which I am not fussy about at all.
The tuna flakes are provided in brine which helps to keep the flavour and as soon as you open the can you are hit with a very strong fishy scent, as you'd expect. The can contains 129g of tuna and 56g of brine so it does take a good few seconds to drain everything away. I normally use the lid to push down on to the tuna to help drain the brine away.
This tuna is flaked so it does not look quite as appetising as the chunks that I used to buy. The flakes are quite generous and these are the perfect sized flakes to be drained and then thrown with some pasta or in a salad or even just mixed with some mayonnaise as a lovely sandwich filling. I always end up mashing up my tuna anyway so it doesn't make a difference to me whether it's chunks or flakes.
This tuna is quite good quality and there wasn't any bad dark looking pieces contains within this tin, however, I have come across a few over my time but this doesn't put me off because the price is so reasonable. The tin is a decent size and there is a nice two portions of tuna in this can if I am taking sandwiches to work. The flakes are generous and taste lovely and moist. This tuna is not as flavoursome as I would like and it does not compare strongly to some of the branded products that I have purchased in the past. If I am looking for some tuna to have on a baked potato then I would probably choose John West but if I want something to mix in to a dish then this will do nicely, particularly at 38p.
I would definitely recommend this tuna if you want to make a nice pasta bake or have something different in your sandwiches for work. Each serving (1/2 can) contains 65 calories, a trace of sugar, 0.9g fat (of which 0.3g saturates) and 0.4g of salt. This is very reasonable for something so tasty and moist and I could happily eat this every single day as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Costing 59p for a 185g tin, this is a healthy option for everyone in the run up to Christmas, from the Tesco Value range, it looks bland and unappealing in its tin with a white label with red stripe, however, I think looks can be misleading and this proves that to be the case.
The tin does have an awful lot of brine, so once you've opened it do make sure you drain it all from the tin, this should remove almost 40g of the entire content which does make the product a tad misleading.
So it looks fairly cheap, has a lot of brine, but how does the tuna taste? Well so long as you drain away all of the brine, it is a tough flakey tuna in the tin which can be used in a tuna and mayonnaise sandwich or is equally tasty with pasta or rice, its does really need accompaniments to add to the flavour as it smells really strong but the taste doesn't match up to the smell, therefore it is a bit bland but with pesto or mayo and some nice vegetables it tastes fine.
Being honest its not a patch on John West and other competitors but as a store cupboard ingredient it really is worth buying a couple of tins to keep in reserve.
It has an incredibly low level of fat and is full of protein and nutrients so its definitely worth having a tin or two on hand when all the eating gets too much over Christmas!