I've always wondered which kind of canned tuna I should be purchasing. Chunk Light tuna is the cheapest per can, but it never seems as meaty as the more expensive ones.
When we were first married 10 years ago, I would stock up on the Chunk Light tuna when it was $0.25/can at Kroger. Now, twice that price is about the lowest I've seen it get recently.
(Anyone have cheap[er] tuna tips? Our family could easily use 5-7 small cans of tuna for a light tuna salad lunch... which is why we don't have tuna salad very often.)
I decided to compare the 3 kinds of canned tuna in my cupboard. The Chunk Light tuna (top) was $0.60 on sale; the Solid White tuna (middle can) was $1 on sale, and I can't remember how much the Albacore tuna from Costco (bottom can) was.
I opened all three kinds (Chunk Light - left, Solid White - middle, Albacore - right).
I drained them well.
I weighed them each on my kitchen scale.
I figured out the price per ounce for the drained tuna meat...
...and they were all right around the same price per ounce. :)
So instead of a tip about which can of tuna is the cheapest, here is a tip for making tuna salad!
You can change up the flavors when making tuna salad by substituting various things in place of the mayonnaise. Try:
White salad dressings (like Ranch or Caesar)
Cream cheese (at room temperature, or whip with some milk to make it easier to incorporate)
Depending on what you use (like plain yogurt!), you could even end up with something a little healthier than normal. :)
I don't have a tuna salad recipe online, but here is what we like in ours:
Canned tuna, drained well
Mayo (or others from the list above!)
Finely chopped dill pickles (or dill pickle relish -- easier!)
Garlic, salt, and pepper
Mix until creamy; serve on bread with lettuce added, or serve in lettuce leaf "cups".
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