Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sophie's Kitchen Sea Salt Vegan Toona

I'm always excited to see another Vegan Tuna on the market! I loved real tuna back in the day and I've been hopeful that there would a perfect Vegan analog. Sea Salt Vegan Toona from Sophie's Kitchen is the newbie and I scooped up a can from Vegan Essentials asap. I wish I could stop this review right now and tell you Vegan Toona is awesome and you should buy it. Unfortunately, I cannot...

My first red flag was the smell. It had a beefy aroma which was off-putting to me. But you know, once you mix it with Vegan mayo it should be fine, right? No, not really. Still smelled. The Toona looks like cat food, dark and unappetizing. The taste was kinda' indescribable. Sulfur-like with a beefy taste. I'd like to believe I got a bad can, but I don't think so. Maybe Sophie's Kitchen has a different idea of what canned tuna tastes like? I took one bite and had to throw it all away. I'm a cheap bastard and never toss stuff, but I had to do it.

In closing, if you've had Vegan Toona and you love it, please make your voice heard. I hated it, but maybe I'm in the minority. This review has been harsh, but I stand by my opinion. What makes it hard is Sophie's received another negative review from me over their Vegan Breaded Shrimp. I have no problem with Sophie's Kitchen, in fact, I wish I could support their all-Vegan line of seafood analogs. I hope the next thing I try from them is a home run.


14 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for posting your review, John. This product reminds me of a Worthington Foods product called Tuno. Many years ago, they made a frozen variety that was a very convincing (and tasty!) replacement for tuna. I loved it. Then they did away with it and started making a canned version, which smelled and looked very much like the photo of VeganToona above. It smelled like dog food and looked like cat food, and I don't think I ever actually tasted it. And I never understood why they replaced something so good with something else that was so horrendous. Fortunately, it's super easy to make vegan tuna with either tofu or garbanzo beans. I especially like the recipe for Save the Tuna Salad from the eBook, Comfortably Yum.

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    1. Thanks Gail! I LOVE chickpea sandwiches <3 Almost tastes like tuna too.

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  2. Your lovely girlfriend's chickpea salad sammich recipe is my favorite tuna replacement! Glad to know I should skip this and just continue mashing up chickpeas with vegenaise. :)

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    1. The chickpea sammich is pretty damn good. And easy to make :)

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  3. I used to eat that tuna from Worthington all the time, my mom would mix with homemade tofu mayo, carrots, celery and spices. It was the best, I wondered why it was taken off market it contains MSG. Never found anything quite the same chickpea mash is missing something. Glad to know I can take this off the list of vegan products to try.

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  4. no! i just bought 2 cans of this, along with the earth balance mac 'n' cheese, to make tuna casserole. bummer. any decent fake tuna for such a purpose you would recommend?

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    1. This is a little better, but still not great :( http://www.laziestvegans.com/2013/12/meatless-select-fishless-tuna.html

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  5. I completely second the cat food smell and texture. I actually tried to feed some to a stray cat and it ran away.

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  6. Thank you for your post! I see it at Whole Foods but I'm not about to spend over $4 for it. (Of course even when I did eat tuna I wouldn't have spent more than $2 a can.) I tried another brand of vegan tuna, which was a free sample, and it was basically the same as your description but instead of beef it seemed like it was in a chicken broth. Definitely not worth it. Now I won't look at the Sophie's brand and have to wonder. =)

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  7. Ugh, this sounds terrible! Canned tuna is definitely one of the things I miss (chickpea tuna's great and all but not quite close enough to the real deal for me) but I'll skip spending my dollars on this one. I'll probably try the Meatless Select one though... hopefully I'll actually remember which one I wanna get by the time I make it to the US!

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  8. I like it, but I don't treat it like regular tuna. I make it with lemon, balsamic vinegar and parsley, and that's really good on avocado toast. I hear the black pepper variety is a little less weird, but I haven't tried it yet. Bummer that you didn't like it, but I can definitely see why. The look and smell is off putting for sure.

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  9. Disappointing but believable. Appreciate the heads up. I love homemade vegan tuna salad but I wish there was a canned vegan tuna that would appeal not only to vegans but to the mainstream; that could really have an impact. Maybe that could be Beyond Meat's next project.

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  10. It was terrible. I was so disappointed, especially since it was $5 for a little can and so bad that I threw 3/4 of the can away. Yuck :(.

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