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Home Town: Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA
Cat Lady Cyndi is asking: (3 answers)
Hey everyone! Is it just me or has the 5oz cans of tuna become all water and very little tuna? I have always purchased Starkist Albacore in water and lately I'm draining so much more water than I recall. I think they are using the water for most of the weight.

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Last updated: Apr. 27, 2013 5:25 am
Posted: Apr. 26, 2013 3:06 pm
Answered by: LYNNINMA
Apr. 26, 2013 3:08 pm
You're right! Bumble Bee seems to be doing the same. That's corporate America---gype the people!
Apr. 26, 2013 3:13 pm
I use starkist albacore in water but I use the packages and I don't have that problem. Try the packets and see what you think :)
Cat Lady Cyndi
Apr. 26, 2013 3:13 pm
Lynn, I took a break from tuna for a couple of months, and when I started eating it again, I thought I was just maybe imagining this. Such a shame. I'll have to branch out and try other brands now, but not Bumble Bee! Thanks for the heads up :)
Cat Lady Cyndi
Apr. 26, 2013 3:14 pm
Jess, that's an idea. I've had the packets before, but's it's been awhile. I'm so used to the cans :)
Apr. 26, 2013 3:40 pm
Yes, and I remember a time when a standard can of tuna was 6-6 1/2 ounces.
Cat Lady Cyndi
Apr. 26, 2013 3:44 pm
You're right!
Answered by: Cathy Myers
Apr. 26, 2013 3:13 pm
Hi Cyndi! I found the Starkist Albacore was not filet type a few years ago and waterfilled. I then switched to Bumble Bee and, in time, they went the way of Starkist. Our friends, bd.weld, Marianne and Baking Nana recommend Costco's Kirkland brand tuna. I have now found a new love! I hope all is well with you!
Cat Lady Cyndi
Apr. 26, 2013 3:17 pm
Hey Cathy! I'm doing well, how about yourself? I've never been to Costco, I have to check online to see if there's even one in this area. Thanks so much for the info. Glad I'm not the only one experiencing this..LOL :)
Apr. 26, 2013 3:18 pm
There is NO comparison to the 7 oz cans you get at Costco! That almost makes it worth the cost of the membership right there! Glad Cathy found that out, too. I didn't know about it until just this last year.
Apr. 26, 2013 3:19 pm
I have noticed the same thing and thought it was me. Sad, isn't it? I use Clover Leaf. I also tried generic brands and its the same thing.
Apr. 26, 2013 3:19 pm
I'm not Candice. I'm really Marianne. Gotta go back and log her out. (She used my computer!)
Apr. 26, 2013 3:19 pm
Now I'm back to me!
Cat Lady Cyndi
Apr. 26, 2013 3:22 pm
Hi Candice...ok, so I found 2 locations that are in a reasonable distance from me. Looks like I'll be getting a Costco membership. Seems like the place to get the tuna! :)
Cat Lady Cyndi
Apr. 26, 2013 3:23 pm
LOL...Hi Marianne! ;)
Cathy Myers
Apr. 26, 2013 3:23 pm
Marianne, you are so cute! You're cracking me up! You're not Candice! I remember you writing about the sign on caper between you and Candice! Love you, my friend!
Cat Lady Cyndi
Apr. 26, 2013 3:24 pm
Rosebud, yes it is sad. Makes you think, how much more could they possibly "cut" from the product, yet keep the price the same if not have it increase? Same thing with the cake mixes.
Apr. 26, 2013 3:43 pm
Trader Joes, has good albacore tuna too :)
Cat Lady Cyndi
Apr. 26, 2013 3:48 pm
Thanks Celeste, I will give that a try as well. I go to Trader's every once in awhile, never considered the tuna. I'm always buying the frozen cheese flatbread pizza with truffles..LOL. :)
Apr. 26, 2013 3:57 pm
You're right. So what do we do? Cake mixes are smaller, there is less tuna in the tin, what else aren't we aware of?
Cat Lady Cyndi
Apr. 26, 2013 4:11 pm
I think it's only going to get worse with each passing year. Oh, and I also noticed, Cracker barrel cheese blocks are smaller, but the same price. Actually my mother was the first to notice that because that's the only cheese she uses to make her potatoes au gratin that she's made for many years.
Apr. 26, 2013 5:49 pm
You guys are mostly Americans, and I guess you get Starkist brand on regular offer. I'm Canadian, and tuna is usually a tinned offering by Cloverleaf that I've found to have stayed pretty consistent in the volume offered, and the quality of meat. Naturally, the price does go up, with inflation, but its still quite affordable. (An I just love tuna salad!)
Cat Lady Cyndi
Apr. 26, 2013 6:02 pm
Me too chairlifter, I absolutely love tuna salad :)
Apr. 26, 2013 6:26 pm
The amount of coffee in the containers is slowly dropping. No full pounds anymore. Remember when there was coffee at the very top of the can. No matter how careful you were some always spilled on the counter. Now there is plenty of room at the top and no spills.
Cat Lady Cyndi
Apr. 26, 2013 6:41 pm
Meta, you just made me realize that. So very true, and I make coffee every day.
Apr. 26, 2013 7:50 pm
I think you can put some of this down to "metrification", that being the world wide use of metric measures, Sure, the USA doesn't use it ( who does not get confused with those 3.8 liter "gallons?) but the food companies want to standardise their offerings to global standards....yes, yes, they probably want to rip you off and maximise their profits as well, as you suggest, but if they could save a tenth of a penny per can, and have you accept spilling product (which would have you buying more), trust me, they'd be doing it...
Answered by: Denise
Apr. 27, 2013 2:09 am
I always bought Starkist solid tuna in water and is is now mushy not solid. I picked up a can of the store brand solid tuna in water and it was great and cost less. I couldn't believe the difference. give it a try you might be surprised like I was. I will never go back to Starkist or Bumblebee.
Apr. 27, 2013 5:25 am
Starkist used to be my fav as well. But, discovered Costco tuna and will never buy another.
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