I picked up 3 cans of tuna at Whole Foods in Oakland yesterday in order to make some tuna sandwiches. They were reasonably priced and I didn't see other tuna around - the shelf was pretty bare at 7 p.m. last night. The tuna was 2 cans of Albacore white tuna and 1 can of Tongol tuna (which was cheaper). Unfortunately, I didn't see any in olive oil or any other kind of oil. It really peeves me to pay $5 for a small can of tuna in olive oil at Berkeley Bowl, so I was happy to see these relative bargains at WF.
When I got home and opened the cans, the tuna WAS very light, but it was difficult to remove and some of it stuck to the side of the can like cement! I tasted it and it had almost no taste at all. I had to crumble it with my hands because the fork didn't do the trick.
After I added the mayo, yogurt, onions, celery, pickles, a bit of relish and some capers, I tasted it again and, although it tasted like a good salad dressing, there was no taste of tuna at all. I should mention that the brand was Whole Foods house brand.
I always dislike tuna in water, but sometimes have to buy it due to prohibitive cost of oil-packed tuna. This was a step in the wrong direction that made the water in the can seem blameless. This was awful stuff. At about $2 a can, it was also overpriced.
Has anybody else had problems with Whole Foods white meat tuna in water?
What is TONGOL tuna? It was cheaper.
Also, does anybody have any recs for brands of tuna in oil (or better tuna in water) that doesn't cost so much? My husband and I are suckers for tuna sandwiches when we want a quick supper after being out all day. These sandwiches were pretty bad, but we ate them anyway because they didn't actually taste awful, they tasted of capers, onions, mayo, relish, etc.