I've been trying to incorporate more fish into my diet, but as I'm sure you know, sometimes picking out fish that are good for me and good for the environment can be tricky. I've made a commitment to look for wild fish (not farm raised) when I buy fresh, but what about canned fish like tuna or salmon? Recently, we started carrying Troll Caught Albacore Tuna in a can from Island Trollers. I wondered if I'd really be able to tell the difference between it and the store brand I usually purchase. I mean, how different can it be?
Island Trollers Tuna on the Left, Store Brand on the Right
Image from www.islandtrollers.com
As soon as I opened each can I could see the difference. The Island Trollers tuna was moist and delicious. I could have eaten it directly out of the can! The other was dry and not very flavorful by comparison. It made me realize how much mayonnaise I had needed to add in the past to make a basic tuna sandwich taste good. With the Island Troller brand, I hesitated to add much of anything--I didn't want to hide the flavor. I was also impressed with their environmentally friendly approach to catching the fish. Each tuna is troll caught off the coast of Washington State. This means each fish is a 3-5 year old, surface-feeding fish, harvested by trolling jigs behind a slow moving boat. The fact that they are so young, means the levels of mercury found in other types of tuna are not present. In fact, the levels are far below the FDA guidelines.
The tuna is sushi grade albacore, and believe me, you'll really taste the quality!