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Who Knew You Could Improve On A can Of Tuna?

If you thought, as I did, that Solid White Albacore in water was the top of the line (using a scale of people food to cat food) canned tuna, it’s time you discovered gourmet canned tuna. My ah-ha moment came on a recent Wednesday visit to the Carlsbad Farmer’s Market, when I met Captain Mick Diamond, commercial fishing boat captain since 1979. Captain Mick fishes off the San Diego coast and co-ops with Tuna Guys, Inc. of Gig Harbor, Washington. He’s also their local distributor and a regular on the local farmer’s market circuit.

What makes Tuna Guys® gourmet? Their fish are troll caught (no dolphins trapped in nets by mistake) and the meat is packed by hand and minimally processed.

Apparently, the big brand fisheries use canning methods that require cooking the tuna meat several times, which according to Captain Mick, compromises the quality of the final product.

Upon taking a closer look at the label on my Starkist® (sorry Charlie) I discovered that Albacore packed in water contains vegetable broth and also a chemical additive, pyrophosphate.

Tuna Guys® tuna is packed in its own juices. There’s only one cooking involved in their canning process which allows a thin layer of oil to rise to the top and leaves the tuna meat exceptionally tender and flavorful, like nothing I’d ever tasted from a can of tuna!

According to the label, there are 2,200 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids per 3 oz serving. The recommended daily intake being between one and three grams per day (1,000 mg per gram), one serving provides a full day's supply.

A little lemon juice and pepper is all I added to a can of Tuna Guys® to make a mixed salad plate with this delicious gourmet tuna in the center. The dressings are a spicy salsa verde (tomatillos, avocado, cilantro, jalapenos) from Vila’s Salsa, another farmer’s market treasure, and Greek style yogurt with fresh dill.