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chicken of the sea yellowfin tuna "in olive oil"

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j8715 Jan 31, 2011 02:43 PM

This stuff is really just that gritty water logged tuna with a bit of oil on top. I highly recommend never buying this crap.

It pisses me off that they make something so completely fake.

Anyway, death to chicken of the sea.

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    Val Jan 31, 2011 02:50 PM

    I'm pretty sure there's an entire long thread/post about canned tuna and how bad it has become for many brands. I'm still loyal to Whole Foods 365 solid white no salt added; it's firm, mostly white and pretty good for $1.49 a can. I eat way more canned sardines, kippers and salmon these days anyway but always keep 2 cans of that tuna on my shelf.

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      j8715 Jan 31, 2011 02:53 PM

      yeah their is quite a bit of crap, but the stuff in olive oil is usually better. This stuff was just the regular tuna with a bit of oil dumped on it. clearly not what i thought i was getting.

      I think that mermaid should be burned in effigy.

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        Val Jan 31, 2011 04:35 PM

        You might try an imported brand in olive oil...I think the last can of imported that I bought was Cento; yes, more expensive but better quality....and there are many others that other CHs can probably recommend.

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          Cinnamon Jan 31, 2011 08:48 PM

          Yeah, I second the selectivity - it has been awhile but I recall having some really good tuna in olive oil once. Probably got it at Whole Foods.

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      small h Jan 31, 2011 03:08 PM

      I've completely given up on the "big guns" of canned tuna - Bumblebee, Chicken of the Sea, and Starkist - not least because the size of the product keeps shrinking (don't get me started on coffee). I buy Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, and I've been pretty satisfied with both. But I've got my eye on them, too.

      1. goodhealthgourmet Jan 31, 2011 09:10 PM

        i'm all about the imported tuna in oil for special indulgences, but for everyday use i'm with small h on TJ's water-packed tuna. the quality has been consistent, they use BPA-free cans, they offer reduced-sodium and no-salt-added varieties, and you can't beat their prices.

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          Val Feb 1, 2011 02:52 AM

          For those of us who have no TJ's anywhere in our state, the dreaded WF (I know you are not a fan GHG) will have to suffice...I did love TJ's when I visited my son in San Francisco, though!

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            ferret Feb 1, 2011 05:45 AM

            You'll be hard-pressed to beat Costco's tuna in price or quality.

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              goodhealthgourmet Feb 1, 2011 09:52 AM

              ferret, to be fair i've never tried Costco's tuna - i limit my consumption of food packed in BPA-lined cans as much as possible. but if they ever make the switch i'll certainly give it a shot!

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              JudiAU Feb 1, 2011 09:15 AM

              How much everyday use tuna can you justify given the insanely high mercury levels? Canned tuna is now a treat in our household because I need to buy either skipjack (lower mercury) or the lower mercury American brands. Expensive stuff.

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                goodhealthgourmet Feb 1, 2011 09:57 AM

                i alternate albacore & light tuna since the light is lower in Hg, and probably have tuna about once per week...or maybe twice if it's light. i eat canned salmon & sardines as well, so rotating all of those in & out allows me to spread out the tuna over a period of time & limit my Hg intake.

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              j8715 Feb 2, 2011 03:20 PM

              This wasn't supposed to be cheer leading for right wing front groups like WF ???

              This was supposed to be about the chicken of the sea board resigning in shame, refunding my 4 dollars and then performing harakiri.

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                hilltowner Feb 2, 2011 05:34 PM

                Please keep in mind that chowhounds span the entire spectrum of political persuasions. Surely you don't think that only left wingers enjoy good food/talk about shopping at WF?

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                Floridagirl Feb 2, 2011 04:34 PM

                Crap, I just bought some.

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                  Breezychow Feb 2, 2011 04:46 PM

                  For anyone interested, the StarKist brand of tuna in olive oil is EXCELLENT. It's now the only canned tuna I buy.

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                    j8715 Feb 4, 2011 03:33 PM

                    does it come in a gold can? I bought something previously that was very good in a gold can and i think i bought the chicken of the sea by mistake

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                      Breezychow Feb 5, 2011 03:17 PM

                      Sometimes even I - who buy the stuff all the time - stand in front of the tuna display like a Stepford Wife. So here's a pic. It really is great stuff & now the only canned tuna I buy.

                       
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                        j8715 Feb 6, 2011 09:03 AM

                        this might be what I was trying to buy. because i know what i had bought before was not any special imported brand and it was good.

                        its hard to find tuna that is good straight out of the can for on a salad. i think most people use gobs and gobs of mayo to cover up the crap tuna in tuna salad sandwiches.

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                          Breezychow Feb 7, 2011 11:36 AM

                          Not only is the Starkist brand terrific straight out of the can, but it's also an integral ingredient in my own Mediterranean pasta concoction. Enjoy!

                          Breezy Mediterranean Tuna Pasta

                          Two 4.5-ounce cans StarKist Solid Light Tuna Fillet in Olive Oil, undrained; or any other brand of tuna packed in olive oil, undrained
                          Approximately 10-12 caper berries, roughly chopped (or 2 tablespoons regular capers, left whole)
                          Approximately 10-12 Kalamata olives, pitted & roughly chopped
                          1 medium fresh tomato, chopped; or the rough equivalent of halved cherry or grape tomatoes
                          Two large garlic cloves, peeled & chopped
                          Approximately ½ cup fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
                          Juice from ½ a lemon
                          Splash of dry white Italian wine (like Pinot Grigio)
                          Approximately one teaspoon dried oregano
                          Extra-virgin olive oil
                          4 tablespoons of butter (or leftover seafood butter**)
                          Several dashes of crushed red pepper flakes
                          Small handful of baby arugula (optional)

                          1# of spinach fettuccine or linquini to serve

                          Cook pasta according to package directions & drain.

                          While pasta is cooking, coat the bottom of a large skillet with extra-virgin olive oil & add butter to melt over medium heat. Add chopped garlic & sauté lightly for just a couple of minutes. Do not allow to brown (or – heaven forbid – burn! If garlic burns, start over again).

                          Add all remaining ingredients & stir occasionally – very gently – to heat through.

                          Serve over spinach pasta.

                          ** “Seafood Butter” is the leftover dipping butter I save when my husband & I have steamed clams or lobster, etc., etc. I save & freeze it to use in recipes such as this, as well as for butter-poaching thick fish like cod, etc. While I’d never save dipping butter that was used communally by other people, hubby & I feel that we have the same “cooties”, so this has worked out quite well – lol!!

                          (Oh, & if using olive-oil-packed tuna for an application where you want to drain it, & you have pet cats, mine LOVE the oil drizzled over a bowl of dry cat food - lol!!)

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                  dijon Feb 3, 2011 07:42 AM

                  Someone (Ii guess its me) should point out that virtually all of the popularly priced canned tuna is on the seafood watch "avoid" list due to concerns about over harvesting, by catch and mercury etc. Some troll and pole tuna is still approved. Not expecting too many people to change but hopeful....
                  http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr...

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                    JudiAU Feb 3, 2011 04:20 PM

                    Whole Foods carries several versions that are not. American Tuna is Marine Stewardship Council certified and is also low in mercury. Cans are also BPA Free

                  2. Sam Salmon Feb 4, 2011 09:40 PM

                    Noted.

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