Monday, July 23, 2012

Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water

Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water

Nutrition Information for Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water
 Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water comes in a short cylindrical can that is decorated with chunks of white meat chicken. The picture on the can is appetizing and I was hoping that this review would not turn out like the one I did on Hormel's canned ham product. Many meats have a drastic change in consistency when they are canned in water instead of oil. They tend to have a dry mouth-feel and a stringy texture.

Upon opening the can I was greeted with the pleasant smell of concentrated chicken broth. The chicken was packed well in the can and the large, white chunks of meat are visually appealing. This meat is obviously complete chunks of chicken and not some reformed patty of butcher floor scrapings. I was hoping that the meat would taste as good as it looked.

It looks appealing
The meat crumbled after I stuck a fork in it, the texture change from the canning process was evident before even tasting it. Upon placing the chicken in my mouth the scent and taste of chicken - along with a not trifling amount of salt - was evident. The chicken is dryer than I would like and crumbly with a stringy consistency, yet the taste is good. This would be good to take on trips where refrigeration is not available, or perhaps to use to make some chicken casserole or chicken salad. The broth is flavorful, even if it is too salty, and would be good to cook rice in.
The texture is lacking but the taste is good
I had to let our mascot give it a try, and he absolutely loved it!

Our mascot enjoying a chicken dinner
This product is good but, like many canned products, the saltiness and less than ideal texture holds it back from perfection. However the taste, visual appeal, and smell are all excellent - which is something our mascot agrees with. Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water gets 4 chunks of tasty chicken out of 5!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Northern Catch Wild Alaska Pink Salmon

  Northern Catch is a label for seafood products that is exclusively sold through the privately owned company Aldi. Aldi's stores offer a no-frills and very basic shopping experience with most brands unique to the store. The shopping carts require a quarter to unchain and you get your quarter back after returning the cart. There are very few employees compared to traditional grocery stores, you must bring your own grocery bags or purchase them at the register, bag your own groceries and Aldi is able to pass the savings from these cost-saving methods down to the consumer. These stores are run very efficiently -- no big surprise considering it is a German company.

The smell of this salmon upon opening the can is pleasant and nearly indistinguishable from the smell of canned tuna. However, the scent of this canned salmon is a little bit stronger than tuna. This can is PACKED with firm pieces of salmon, including the skin and bones -- good if you like your fish full of vitamins and minerals. The taste is very similar to tuna except that this salmon has a deeper flavor that I find quite enjoyable, my cats like it as well.

The flesh is firm and the bones are definitely noticeable, one could probably pick the spinal cord of the fish out if it really bothers them. This fish is not too salty and would be well suited to making salmon patties with breadcrumbs, egg, and a little bit of lemon juice. A good can of fish that packs a good amount of omega 3 fatty acids. I will buy this again for sure.

The only problem with this product is a problem that exists with all salmon products; salmon, being fairly large carnivorous fish, tend to collect large amounts of pollutants like mercury in their bodies. Therefore, people who are susceptible to these pollutants, like pregnant women and very young children, may want to avoid large carnivorous fish.

However, this product is graded by me only by the merits of what it is, and it is an exceptional product that Aldi sells through the Northern Catch label. Thus, Northern Catch Canned Pink Salmon gets 5 cylinders of salmon out of 5. I definitely recommend trying this product, and don't forget the quarter for your cart!