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Taste test: Canned tuna

According to the national Tuna Council (yep, there really is one), canned tuna is the second most popular seafood product in the United States after shrimp. Americans eat about a billion pounds of tuna from a can or a pouch each year. Taster's Choice judges found 10 brands of canned albacore tuna for our recent sampling. It's the only kind that can be labeled "white meat tuna," says the industry council. It's supposed to be mild-flavored with a white or slightly pink color.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product serving Henry & Lisa's

3 ounces

Sea Net

2 ounces

Winn-Dixie

2 ounces

Calories

Fat / Fiber

150

8g / 0g

70

.5g / 0g

70

0g / 0g

Judges' comments The owners of this "natural" brand of seafood boast their products are free from chemicals, antibiotics and hormones. Our judges were more impressed with the taste. "This is pink and flavorful," said one judge. Another said he loved the solid texture and couldn't wait to mix his serving with some "mayo and Dijon" mustard. Sweet, salty and flaky were the words panelists used to describe this tuna. They especially liked the freshness of the flavor. A couple said it would be perfect atop a salad. "It would sure perk up a boring lunch," said one. The store brand was the driest of those tested, but that didn't disappoint our judges. They figured the tuna would hold up well in a casserole or other mixture, making it a good choice for a dinner course.
Shopping information $7.39 for a 6-ounce can from Sweetbay $1.09 for a 5-ounce can from Aldi $1.50 for a 5-ounce can
Product serving Henry & Lisa's

3 ounces

Sea Net

2 ounces

Winn-Dixie

2 ounces

Calories

Fat / Fiber

150

8g / 0g

70

.5g / 0g

70

0g / 0g

Judges' comments The owners of this "natural" brand of seafood boast their products are free from chemicals, antibiotics and hormones. Our judges were more impressed with the taste. "This is pink and flavorful," said one judge. Another said he loved the solid texture and couldn't wait to mix his serving with some "mayo and Dijon" mustard. Sweet, salty and flaky were the words panelists used to describe this tuna. They especially liked the freshness of the flavor. A couple said it would be perfect atop a salad. "It would sure perk up a boring lunch," said one. The store brand was the driest of those tested, but that didn't disappoint our judges. They figured the tuna would hold up well in a casserole or other mixture, making it a good choice for a dinner course.
Shopping information $7.39 for a 6-ounce can from Sweetbay $1.09 for a 5-ounce can from Aldi $1.50 for a 5-ounce can

ALSO SAMPLED: Starkist ($1.89 for a 4.5-ounce can from Publix); Bumble Bee ($1.97 for a 5-ounce can from Publix); Crown Prince ($3.49 for a 6.1-ounce can from Sweetbay); Chicken of the Sea ($1.29 for a 5-ounce can from Sweetbay); Great Value ($1.14 for a 5-ounce can from Wal-Mart); Geisha ($1.45 for a 5-ounce can from Sweetbay); and Market Pantry ($2.59 for a 12-ounce can from Target).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian with Pinellas County Cooperative Extension; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute in St. Petersburg; and John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc. All foods were tasted blind.

Taste test: Canned tuna 02/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2010 3:30am]

    

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