tuna in jello

November 9th, 2006

Here's the thing. I like tuna. It's pretty much the only fish I eat casually without "making it a point of eating fish" (except for smoked salmon, but that's way overpriced). But the best kind of tuna comes in a can with jello. Yes, I know it sounds a little strange, but trust me - it's good.

There's only one problem. The Dutch tuna cartel does not authorize the sell of tuna in jello. All they have is tuna in oil, and about six brands of it too. While that may be alright-ish, I want the real thing. Tuna in jello, with lemon juice, now there's a making of a good sandwich. You can even toast the bread for added effect.

UPDATE: I found a picture of the product. This isn't the one I prefer, it doesn't taste as good as the other brand I rather get. But it's decent, certainly better than the other tuna products.


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10 Responses to "tuna in jello"

  1. erik says:

    I would post a senseful comment but everytime someone mentiones fish I feel compelled to point out yet again I absolutely despise it.

    I grew up on an island, it comes with the territory.

    I challenge everyone to go to a harbour and check out the halls where they clean the fish. If you are still willing to eat it afterwards, I salute you.

  2. ash says:

    I'm exactly the same with fish - only tuna and smoked salmon for me, otherwise I have to make an effort. But I've never had tuna in jello - all our tins have tuna in brine or in sunflower oil (no I don't know why either).

  3. numerodix says:

    In just about every sizeable Norwegian city, there's a fish market. You go there and you can pick out all kinds of stuff, everything is fresh. And it stinks like a mofo in there, without exception. It's kinda hard to believe that people would walk in there, take in the aroma, and then be tempted to buy something.

  4. erik says:

    Oh we have those as well, those are heaven compared to the situation at the docks. The markets (over here at least) sell fish lying around in ice and stuff. Pretty gross and smelly but at least they're only just lying there.

    Friend of mine worked at the docks, every Friday when the boats came in he would spend the whole day cleaning fish. It's a very routine procedure, you can do over 120 fish per hour once you got it down. First you cut off the head (not always, depends on the fish), then the sides and possibly the tail, then you slice open the stomach and pull out its guts which you then throw in a bin.

    Like I said: I dare you to go there and maintain your craving for fish :D

  5. numerodix says:

    Considering fishing is one of our main exports, and a huge part of the national heritage, I'd say you can adequately satisfy every single craving for a fishing experience in Norway. But you see for some reason, I don't go down to the docks, I wonder why ;)

    Btw what you describe I've seen on tv tons of times. Whenever there's a company that goes belly up in one of these little towns, they show some footage of what they actually do, so you get the whole thing in close up.

    But beat this, in the election a few years ago, a guy got elected into the parliament as head of the Fishing Party, that's right, the one guy in the whole house from an outside party that never had a seat before. People liked him, he was a funny character. Wasn't enough to get him re-elected though.

  6. Jack says:

    I love fish in all its forms and shapes. I can eat fish twice a week or even more. Tuna is good but my tuna sandwich is not as simple as yours. Mayonnaise, corn, red onions, a small squeeze of lemon to make the mix. When put in the sandwich, tomatoes and lettuce can be added depending on the mood.

  7. Jack says:

    Talking of which, I just had sushi :D

  8. numerodix says:

    Jack, do they sell tuna in jello in Goteborg?

  9. Jack says:

    I don't know, I haven't actually heard of it but tuna in oil is simply unedible. I get my tuna in water and preferrably from south east Asia. Then I do check i the tuna was fished dolphin-friendly, otherwise I don't buy it. But next time I'm doing my grocery I'll check if it exists in jello.

  10. Ian says:

    Bizarre, I'd never seen nor heard of tuna in gelatin until I read your post. I usually find the best tuna to be white albacore packed in water.