Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seasoned Tuna Less Than Sensational? A Few Panelists Enjoy It, but More Find the Flavor Overwhelming

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seasoned Tuna Less Than Sensational? A Few Panelists Enjoy It, but More Find the Flavor Overwhelming

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

A certain food, an aroma or a portion of a song can trigger a memory. When I think of tuna fish, I remember walking home from school with childhood friend Barbara Creasy and finding her mother at the kitchen table, making tuna fish salad for the next day's lunches.

We seldom had tuna fish at home, and that salad always looked so good. Maybe that's why the memory of Mrs. Creasy has stayed with me all these years.

Of course, people still make their own tuna fish salad. But they can also buy it already mixed, or, instead of plain tuna, get it seasoned in a variety of flavors and herbs.

Members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel have been sampling Bumble Bee Easy Peel Sensations Sundried Tomato & Basil Seasoned Tuna Medley. The "lightly marinated and seasoned" fish comes packed in a 5-ounce can with an easy-open peelable foil lid. It can be eaten as is or used in salads and other dishes.

One can contains 130 calories, 5 grams of fat, 360 milligrams of sodium, 30 milligrams of cholesterol and no trans fat.

Retiree Bill Cotner and reading and math tutor Gai Gai Quarterman liked the marinated tuna. The other panelists, however, didn't and said it had too many sundried tomatoes. Most of them agreed the price of the fish was too high.

Cotner described the seasoned tuna as having an oily, grated texture with a strong flavor of both tomato and basil. "My son said it tasted like someone dumped spaghetti sauce in a can of tuna," he said. "I wouldn't mix it with mayonnaise, but it would be good used as a main ingredient in a pasta salad. I'd add sundried tomatoes, black olives and grated cheese."

As for the cost of the tuna, Cotner said, "It's way too pricey; regular tuna is less than $1 a can."

Quarterman and her brother Greg ate the tuna as an appetizer on crackers. "He really likes it," she said. "It's well seasoned with a flaky, pate consistency and a prominent tomato flavor."

They tried half of the tuna with mayonnaise and the other half without. …

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