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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:34 pm 
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At WF today there was one of those side-aisle displays of VeganToona positioned right where I couldn't resist, so I bought a can of the black pepper flavor to see what the deal was. I'm eating it right now with Vegenaise...that's what you do with this food, right? It's been a very long since I've eaten anything like this...like, not since I was a little kid...so I don't even really remember. I feel like it actually tastes better than I remember canned fish tasting. But the texture is frighteningly like the thing that I remember, and haven't eaten since I was a small child, so I keep having this visceral reaction of EW WHAT AM I EATING oh wait it's not actually that. So, given that, and how expensive it was, I probably would not buy it again.

Anyone else tried it? Thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:50 pm 
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No, but I'm fascinated. Your experience reminds me of mine with Gardein Szechuan Beef. The texture feels like frog or toad skin. I've never eaten frog or toad, but I've picked up and held several live frogs and toads, and probably rubbed a few against my face, because I was a weird kid like that. Anyway, I had to stop eating it for that reason, I just couldn't shake it.

If I were to find Toona, I would totally mix it with Vegenaise.

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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:51 pm 
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I haven't tried it yet, but the way I grew up eating canned tuna was mixed with finely chopped celery, salt, pepper, and parsley and just enough mayonnaise to bind it. So if I do come across this stuff, that is exactly how I'll prepare it (right before putting it between two slices of lightly toasted bread and eating it)!

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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:52 pm 
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How 'fishy' is it? Like I never liked tuna because it was too fishy.

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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:59 pm 
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I got a couple cans of the sea salt kind from Rabbit Food.. waiting on the next trip to the store to get some Just Mayo to use with it.

I also used to make an easy cheddar tuna chowder: canned Campbells cheddar sauce, canned tuna, and canned tomato. I'm debating trying it, but my first thought was to use the Teese cheddar sauce and I really wasn't very impressed with it in mac and cheese.


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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:47 pm 
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I was pretty meh about it. It's a really small can and it's not significantly different from chickpea tuna in my opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:03 am 
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So we tried a can last night in a casserole, and it is nothing like tuna. at all. It looks more like sausage crumbles, and were actually really good if you considered them sausage and not tuna. I liked it.

Maybe I got a strange mislabeled can? Does this company also make sausage-type canned stuff? The color of this was dark brown like sausage, not light like tuna.


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Where in WF would you find it? Near the real tuna?


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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:08 am 
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yeah, i wasn't a fan. i grew up eating it the same way as desdemona (only i think we got water packed stuff)

which means... this stuff is gaggingly oily, and it seems like it's just TVP with flavors and a gallon of oil. i much prefer homemade chickpea toona. that way you can add as much seaweed as you want. (the canned stuff didn't taste fishy enough.) and the texture of chickpea toona is better. the TVP wasn't as tender as i remember (and i grew up eating a LOT of tuna fish sandwiches)

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I drained the oil before I ate it. I remembered that being a thing from when I used to eat fish tuna.

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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:25 pm 
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We didn't drain the oil,, maybe it would be less like sausage and more like tuna if you do that. But with the oil, it made great sausage crumbles, haha.

I was in WF yesterday and did see they had cans of both the pepper and salt flavors.. it was with the rest of the canned tuna, up on the top shelf.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:25 pm 
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NO! I bought 2 cans. I dont know why I had high hopes for this but I did. First off its almost black in color so right away I was bummed. And the oil was too much. I drained it but it didnt help. Mixed it with veganaise, yellow mustard, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Put it on toasted gluten free bread. It was pretty bad. I was really looking forward to making a tuna melt. Not happening.

I wonder if the other vegan fish things they make are any good?

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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
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If I see this I don't think I'll be able to resist getting it to make a casserole, but my expectations are now lowered. I miss the canned Tuno. I've never had a tuna fish casserole, but loved Tuno casseroles.

I don't have any desire to eat it on a sandwich or anything... I have memories of tuna fish sandwiches which I very much did not like.


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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:23 pm 
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I miss all things tuna. Tuna noodle casserole, tuna melts, tuna wraps, tuna hoagies, just tuna with tortilla chips. Man I really wish this stuff worked.

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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:49 pm 
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there's a counter in the reading terminal market (basic 4 i think it's called) and they have a tuna wrap made from very finely shredded carrots that was really super tasty. (but i guess grain of salt and all, since look at who is posting that opinion.)

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I didn't realize this stuff was packed in oil; back in my tuna-eating days, we always got the kind in water. Oily fish (well, any fish, but you take my point) is gross.

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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:34 am 
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I never knew they sold tuna in oil? I was surprised to see the toona packed that way. That does sound gross


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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:29 am 
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I have another can if anyone wants it, I'll ship it to you.

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 Post subject: Re: VeganToona
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:27 am 
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GraciaKai wrote:
NO! I bought 2 cans. I dont know why I had high hopes for this but I did. First off its almost black in color so right away I was bummed. And the oil was too much. I drained it but it didnt help. Mixed it with veganaise, yellow mustard, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Put it on toasted gluten free bread. It was pretty bad. I was really looking forward to making a tuna melt. Not happening.

I wonder if the other vegan fish things they make are any good?


Almost black in color? That doesn't sound right. Maybe you got a bad one?

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NO! I bought 2 cans. I dont know why I had high hopes for this but I did. First off its almost black in color so right away I was bummed. And the oil was too much. I drained it but it didnt help. Mixed it with veganaise, yellow mustard, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Put it on toasted gluten free bread. It was pretty bad. I was really looking forward to making a tuna melt. Not happening.

I wonder if the other vegan fish things they make are any good?


Almost black in color? That doesn't sound right. Maybe you got a bad one?

It was really dark! And I was kind of shocked, because why!! It didn't taste off like it was bad or anything and we didn't get sick. So I'm assuming it was supposed to be that way.

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Ours was also really dark. I wouldn't say black, though.


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Yeah the color is offputting. We used to eat tuna with hard boiled eggs and mayo mashed in so I did the can with vegenaise, black salt, and tofu and it was solidly not bad. Really salty, but that seems to be my complaint with everything recently.

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I honestly would put so much mayo in my tuna (always in water, not oil..eww) that it just was texture and mayo flavor and sweet pickles...so Im lucky I guess since tofu can recreate that perfectly.

Mayo salad!

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Adam Crisis wrote:
I honestly would put so much mayo in my tuna (always in water, not oil..eww) that it just was texture and mayo flavor and sweet pickles...so Im lucky I guess since tofu can recreate that perfectly.

Mayo salad!

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