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Jul 5, 2006 03:20 PM

the Best Canned Tuna?

What is your favorite brand of canned tuna? Cook's Illustrated just did an article on it..but I forget what they named as #1. Thanks.

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      1. re: nellie lovett

        A third vote for the Tuna Guys. I can eat it straight out of the can it's so good.

      2. re: Scagnetti

        Is their tuna packed in water or oil? I just looked at their Web site, but there is no indication.

        1. re: BobB

          It's packed in neither. The natural juice from the tuna itself is the only liquid you will find in the can. All of their tuna is sashimi grade and dolphin safe. Plus it's delicious! Being from the Pacific Northwest, I'm a bit of a cold water fish snob and Tuna Guys is definitely my favorite. Especially the smoked albacore... I have to use 2 cans if I want to prepare something with it because I can help gobbling up at least half a can the second it's opened!

      3. Any tuna I buy in the local Italian deli (can't recall a name) is better than supermarket canned stuff - although I do like Genova, which is Chicken of the Sea's premium yellowfin.

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        1. re: Akatonbo

          I agree. For my day-to-day tuna needs, it's Genova or nothing.

          1. re: lrohner

            that's my everyday tuna, too. i'm not going to fork out 9 dollars for a small tuna jar, like these premium brands mentioned here. i'd buy fresh tuna or grouper or red snapper instead -- or scallops or shrimp.

            1. re: lrohner

              try Pastene if you like Genova. A bit harder to find unless you go to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx

            2. re: Akatonbo

              I just happened to have a can of Genova yellowfin in oil in my cupboard, so I was excited to give it a try. I think I may have purchased it at Trader Joes. Anyway, my first taste was immediate dislike. It tastes like a salt bomb. I am so disappointed. I'll have to order some tuna from the tunaguys once I have saved up enough dough.

            3. Rio Mare solid light tuna in olive oil.


              Probably not the crème de la crème but far superior to any North American canned tuna I've tried. And it's widely available, at least here in Montreal.

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              1. re: carswell

                My mom brought me back rio mare tuna from Italy and I love it, but can't find it anywhere locally. Any idea's how I can order it online (I can't find any links on their website) or where I can purchase it in Washington DC?

              2. Tre Torri Ventresca Di Tonno
                $32 for a 10.8-ounce can

                Ridiculous, I know, but you said favorite... not what I eat every day.

                In general, I don't like albacore - even the gourmet packed ones, like Tuna Guys (they now have yellowtail - I'll have to try that). My favorite canned tunas are either the yellowtail or the Meditteranean (Spanish/Italian) which are most often big-eye. The Ortiz Bonita Del Norte is a good brand available in many places.

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                1. re: applehome

                  Hey Applehome, have you tried Zoe Diva Yellowfin Ventresca? It's imported from Spain, and is like, $2 or $3 cheaper than the Ortiz ventresca...

                    1. re: applehome

                      I hate to admit it, Whole Foods, $6.99 a can...
                      packed in Spanish olive oil

                      1. re: galleygirl

                        Is this an oil-packed or water-packed tuna? I would love to find a local replacement for my oregon tuna.

                  1. re: applehome

                    What is flavor dif between albacore and yellowtail and big-eye? What about those do you prefer?

                    I saw one tonight that claimed 'low mercury'...was wondering about that too...

                    1. re: krissywats

                      Yellowtail tends to be lower in mercury, because it is a smaller species, so the fish have had less time to feed on other smaller fish, and compound their mercury levels. In general,fish small enough to be line caught, or caught younger (therefore smaller) is lower in mercury.

                  2. I like the Kirkland brand Albacore at Costco.

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                    1. re: lisaf

                      made hub and I 'it' for our lunch sandwiches today.
                      on lightly toasted Miltons all natural original healthy multi grain bread, added to drained tuna: Hellmans, Grey Poupon, my house seasoning and Heinz sweet pickle relish. so good
                      they (Costco) also has the same name brand you buy in the market that is pure mush.
                      at our Costco for 8 cans it was about $14, at our DD's, less but I don't live there :(

                      1. re: lisaf

                        I went to Costco yesterday for one reason, tuna. I was out and it's part of my cleanse.
                        It's gone up in price, go figure. But they also had Chicken of the Sea I think it was, white albacore in water for a little less $ but I wasn't willing to take the chance.
                        I can't find the Polar brand that I used to buy, it's probably gone out of business.
                        Watched EL make a fancy tuna melt on TV yesterday and he used one can of some brand that I didn't recognize nor could we see the brand it was, plus 2 jars of jarred imported Tuna in oil. I watched him dump the oil and wondered why but that said, where do I find tuna in jars with olive oil? < no idea.......

                        1. re: iL Divo

                          Where do you live? You may find glass jars of tuna in olive oil in Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese delis / grocers or gourmet shops / grocers.

                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                            outside Los Angeles, Ca. I could probably go to Surfa's but I've not tried.
                            imported may be found at the local deli that has everything although a small quantity but I'll check there.
                            thanks for help RL

                          2. re: iL Divo

                            I've bought Polar within the last year -- it's very good. But I bought it at Grocery Outlet, so I don't know who carries it on a regular basis.

                            Costco carries Wild Planet tuna, which is also excellent.