Tuna in Oil or Water?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by vja4Him, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. vja4Him

    vja4Him Monkey+

    I was reading that it's best to stock up on tuna canned in oil instead of water. Why is that?
  2. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    Because the oil has some additional food value, the water adds nothing.
  3. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Sardines and Tuna....oil or water

    Good question and answer.

    Survival patrol rations and the bulk of retreat rations.....oil.......the body must have some fats and oils for adequate nutrition and to aid in the metabolism of other food groups. In a SHTF, fats and oils may be hard to come by.

    As survival boat/aircraft rations, water may be preferred. Fresh water will be in short supply, and the water that the tuna is packed in may be of more value than the small amount of additional energy that the oil would provide. Tuna and sardines are fairly oily varieties of fish, so sacrificing the small amount of additional oil for water may help eke out such water supplies as may be found in the life raft / boat / aircraft a little further.

    Some tinned fish products are packed in different sauces, and a variety of sauce offerings should be included in your stores to alleviate food fatigue due to a monotony of taste alternatives. In rotating your stock, a variety of flavours will also save a little food fatigue, and your kids won't be as inclined to complain....Oh...not tuna in oil again!!
  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Stocked up on a few tins of the tuna in hot sauce for variety recently. My favorite is still the smoked tuna in oil. ;)
  5. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Water will leech some of the nutrients out of the tuna whereas the oil will not.
  6. mam14225

    mam14225 Monkey+

    Based on the can's expiration dates from what is available to me locally (walmart/publix), those in oil have a longer shelf life.

    I "like" the sardines in olive oil. They have ~5 year expiration date, and the olive oil is considered healthier than soybean oil. Tuna is more palatable, but I have yet to figure out a long term mayonaise solution.
  7. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Home made mayo for when there are no supermarkets

    There are recipes for making mayonaise with raw ingredients...you only need to make as much as you need for the refigerated life of it

    http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/12974/basic+mayonnaise<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" />


  8. mam14225

    mam14225 Monkey+

    And it probably tastes better too.
  9. Disciple

    Disciple Monkey+

    I personally like tuna in water better but i was stocking up on both.
  10. vja4Him

    vja4Him Monkey+

    That looks like a super-easy recipe for mayonnaise! I saved the video, and will give it a try someday ....
  11. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    I agree with most on the oil pack. A side note is that oil is aprox. 100 calories per tablespoon.
  12. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Oil. If you want better than that, pick up some sardines , herring or other fish in oil and sometimes mustard. Great snack on crackers and much more nutritious long term than plain old processed tuna.

    Beware the tuna that claims to be 'Packed in the USA'. It's likely caught somewhere, shipped to China, processed and packed in bags and then shipped back to the US for final can packaging. I rarely buy tuna for my preps anymore but I do know that the mylar bag packages of tuna or other fish last longer than cans.
  13. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Tuna is not my favorite 'canned fish' - I prefer Smoked or Kippered Herring, and Sardines in a variety of 'stuff - oil, water, mustard Sauce. The La. Hot Sauce tastes good, but a bit too hot for me.
    I keep a couple cans of Kippered Herring on my bike, in case I am stuck in the boonies.
    Smoked Oysters are good too, but the canned is from China.
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