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Stretching Tuna for Tuna Salad

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Adding other ingredients to your tuna salad is one way to bulk it up, vary the taste, and stretch the tuna. This is a page about stretching tuna for tuna salad.


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I don't know how many of you have noticed, but tuna now comes in 5 oz. cans, not 6. The price didn't go down either! That's a 17% decrease in the contents!

To stretch it further in sandwiches, I have a number of favorite add-ins: a chopped up hard-boiled egg, diced apples (I use Gala, because they're a little sweeter, and really cut the "fishy-ness" of tuna), celery, and even shredded carrots!

I add half a small-ish apple to one can of tuna, a big sprinkle of carrots, and/or one egg per 5 oz. can used. I also treat the celery differently than you'd think.

I *hate* soupy tuna, and celery is mostly water. I chop up the celery, then wrap it up tight in a clean cloth or paper towel, and squeeze it hard. This gets a lot of the water out so that, if I use only part of the tuna in a day, the next day's batch will be just like I like it.

By Polly Levesque

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

Another idea is a handful of cooked and drained fine egg noodles mixed in as an extender. I was served a tuna salad sandwich using this idea by a friend.

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

I chop a large Vlasic zesty dill pickle or two, squeeze out the juice because I can't stand soupy tuna either, and add fresh diced onions or dried minced onions :-) Yummy :-)

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September 2, 20090 found this helpful

Years ago I ate some tuna salad I loved and asked the girl who made it what she did different. She adds crushed up saltine crackers along with the eggs, pickle, mayo, etc.


For one can of tuna add about 10 crushed crackers. The tuna is not so fishy or watery. I won't make it any other way and everyone loves my tuna.

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September 4, 20090 found this helpful

Years ago, a friend of mine worked in a deli. He told me that they used to stretch the tuna by adding plain white breadcrumbs to it - I had eaten the tuna there many times before and thought it was just pure tuna and mayo - I had no idea the breadcrumbs were there!

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