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Old 06-22-2013, 07:18 AM
 
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Costco has this wild tuna for 14.99/lbs. It is fillet and no other additives added.

But if you want to buy the canned albacore tuna it is 1.20 for 5 oz

Canned tuna is much cheaper but I want to know what the difference is. The tuna in can, is it farmed? Obviously it is cooked but how is it cooked? Are there any chemicals in it?
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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I don't think tuna can be farmed.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:31 AM
 
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Raw tuna will cost more as it's expensive to keep fresh and has a very short 'shelf life', aka highly perishable. The cost reflects that. The canned last for years and doesn't require refrigeration, special shipping etc.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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Tuna can be farmed.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Tuna can be (semi) farmed: Bluefin tuna farming presents daunting challenge - Los Angeles Times
Bluefin tuna, which average 600 pounds at maturity, are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity, and thus, ranches such as Baja Aquafarms must catch wild tuna, only to fatten them up to increase the yield of meat. The farmed fish tastes a little different, but most people can't tell the difference in taste. It has a little more fat than the wild fish.
To feed them the farmers use real food — the natural feed source of the bluefin. Fresh, locally caught sardines are shoveled into the pens daily by the boatload. It takes 17 pounds of sardines to make a single pound of bluefin flesh in these waters off Baja.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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There is no comparison in flavor. Canned Tuna is great for sandwiches but the taste is enhanced with mayo, onions, celery etc. I bought a fresh whole one off a boat one time and it's really good grilled. With the popularity of sushi, many people use it for that and it must be fresh.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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I agree, but there is also a great difference in look and taste between a can of tuna that cost 59 cents and one that cost $3.60



There is no way to compare a fresh fish with canned. It's like comparing a fresh fruit, say - peaches, or pears with the canned ones.

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Old 06-22-2013, 09:51 AM
 
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I grew up on "homemade" canned tuna, we called it boniato. My Abuelo and uncles made it. It was really delicious and I can't stand anything commercially canned.

I agree there is a world of difference in taste but mainly the preservation costs of maintaining fresh fish over stable canned fish factor in the cost per pound.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Fresh tuna= delicious uncooked fish
Canned una= overcooked (because of canning temperature requirements) dog food
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:58 PM
 
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All tuna is basically wild. The "farmed" tuna is grown in pens fed and raised in the ocean.

This "wild" idea for seafood came out of the farmed salmon.

Like saying Wild Rockfish....no such thing as farmed as well as for other varieties.

HW aka Capt. Seafood.
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