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Favorite Canned Tuna: brand and best place to buy it

carnivore1964 Sep 9, 2009 05:49 PM

I am looking for a good quality canned tuna that won't break the bank which will be good for a light tuna salad.

Which one do you reccomend? Where can I buy it?
Are there any good bargains around town.


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  1. CeeQueue RE: carnivore1964 Sep 9, 2009 06:03 PM

    I like the little cans of Ocean brand Snack 'n' Lunch that I find at Wal-Mart. I buy the smoked tuna, but the other flavours are nice too. They're pretty inexpensive, however I can't remember the price offhand. Gold Seal (Goldenseal?) also has a smoked tuna in olive oil, though I'm having trouble finding it since my local Price Chopper stopped carrying it. It may still be at Metro, but too expensive for what it is, imo.

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      racheljenna RE: carnivore1964 Sep 9, 2009 06:38 PM

      My favourite is always Clover Leaf. I just wait for the "white flaked tuna in water" to go on sale and then I load up. I normally find it on sale at Walmart and sometimes, even Shoppers Drug Mart!


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        OTFOODIE RE: carnivore1964 Sep 9, 2009 07:18 PM

        I find the PC tuna to be quite good if Clover Leaf is not on sale. I like the solid wight packed in water.

        1. jayt90 RE: carnivore1964 Sep 9, 2009 08:19 PM

          The Canadian or U.S. brands are pale compared to Sicily or Spain. Some of the best are packed in glass jars and olive oil.

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            carnivore1964 RE: jayt90 Sep 10, 2009 05:25 AM

            I agree that ventresca tuna is the best. I do enjoy it from time to time, but it is a little pricy for tuna salad. Lately I have been using the Spanish or Italien brands i find at Fiesta Farms. I just wanted to knwo if any of the chowhounders found anything exceptional that is inexpencive.

            I have seen canned tuna at my local Portugese fish store - anyone ever try it?

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              grandgourmand RE: carnivore1964 Sep 10, 2009 06:39 AM

              Highland Farms frequently has the canned italian, packed in olive oil, $3 for 3 tins. I forget the brand, it's not Calippo or Rio Mare. I have some in my pantry, but haven't tried it yet. I usually buy the stuff (calippo brand) to toss into pasta with parsley, garlic and chilis. It's great.

              Otherwise, I enjoy the clover leaf that is flavoured either in peanut sauce or chilis or olive oil. They are smaller tins. No Frills occasionally has them for 99c a pop, and I load up.

              For tuna melts...I get the PC stuff.

          2. TOchowgal RE: carnivore1964 Sep 10, 2009 07:24 AM

            Love Rio Mare. It is a pink can and it is tuna in olive oil. The best I've tasted. Reminds me of the canned tuna I've had in Italy. I buy them at No Frills and Metro.

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              YaGhala RE: TOchowgal Dec 29, 2009 07:40 AM

              Hi ToCowgal,
              Could you please tell from where did you buy tuna rio mare?
              Give the address please.
              Thanks for your help.

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                1sweetpea RE: YaGhala Dec 29, 2009 08:36 AM

                Loblaws should have it.

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                  YaGhala RE: 1sweetpea Dec 29, 2009 09:32 AM

                  Unfortunately, they don’t have it.

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                    1sweetpea RE: YaGhala Dec 29, 2009 12:03 PM

                    I live in Windsor and all of the small Italian grocery stores around here carry it. You might want to call Grande Cheese and see if the closest one to you carries it and for how much. You might find it at Bruno's or Pusateri's, but you'll pay a premium for shopping there.

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                      YaGhala RE: 1sweetpea Dec 29, 2009 12:59 PM

                      Thanks for all the help.

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                        Wahooty RE: YaGhala Dec 29, 2009 06:36 PM

                        Try Highland Farms if you have one nearby. The one at Kennedy and Ellesmere has a couple of different brands of Italian olive oil-packed tuna that I'll eat out of the can with a fork anytime I need a quick protein fix. Reasonably priced, and hits that sweet spot between darned-good-tuna-salad and too-good-for-tuna-salad.

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                          YaGhala RE: Wahooty Dec 30, 2009 07:50 AM

                          I will try their branch in Mississauga.


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                            YaGhala RE: YaGhala Dec 31, 2009 04:19 PM

                            The Highland Farms in Mississauga has both Rio mare and Callipo. I found different rio mare products.
                            Thanks 1sweetpea.
                            Happy new 2010.

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                  EarlyDrive RE: YaGhala Jan 2, 2010 12:57 PM

                  Fiesta Farms sells Rio Mare brand.

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                    tri tip RE: EarlyDrive Jun 6, 2010 03:28 PM

                    Royal beef on the danforth also carries rio mare products

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                Sinfulia RE: carnivore1964 Sep 10, 2009 11:08 AM

                Clover Leaf Mini-sized cans of Tuna in Olive Oil! I used to think the thought of tuna doused in oil was gross, but then I tried it. The best part is, you can just dump the whole concoction into your salad as there's already olive oil in it. I do this all the time - sometimes I even skip the balsamic since the tuna's already so tasty/seasoned.

                You can get this anywhere (grocery stores, walmart, etc).

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                  TOchowgal RE: Sinfulia Sep 11, 2009 08:26 AM

                  I do the same with the Rio Mare. I toss some cooked pasta with sun dried tomatoes, black olives and red onions and in less than 10 minutes, I have a yummy pasta dish.

                2. icey RE: carnivore1964 Dec 30, 2009 09:14 AM

                  I agree with TOchowgal that Rio Mare is delicious and I buy either that one or Callipo depending which one my local No Frills has...(As I can't always find Callipo).

                  I do not remember what Rio Mare costs because I do not buy it as often as Callipo but the lowest price that I have been able to find on the Callipo is $4.49 at No Frills for 3 tins.

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                    FrankD RE: carnivore1964 Jan 1, 2010 06:40 PM

                    Shopper's has their house brand on sale now for $0.99. I wouldn't serve it unadorned, as I might a fine Spanish or Italian tuna, but in my tuna salad (which includes chopped onion, celery, mayo, and paprika, and is always served with lettuce, bread or no bread), it's just fine, and significantly cheaper than Gold Seal.

                    1. MiniMom RE: carnivore1964 Aug 31, 2011 12:25 PM

                      Ditto on the Rio mare & Callipo.. both excellent flavors and even packed in oil go excellent in a salad, sandwich or on their own.
                      Longo's carries them as well.

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