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Thread: how do you drain your tuna?

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    just made a tuna salad with noodles. and i just hate draining the tuna..

    i have tried the plastic drain do-dad for the smaller cans of tuna..but it doesnt work on the larger cans.

    i really don't want to pay the extra money for the bagged ready to use tuna!

    so,how do you drain yours?!

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    Squish it down with the cover over the sink.

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    Sometimes, I put it in a colander and squish it down with a spoon or my fingers. . . .

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    What you need is a cat!!
    I drain mine by squeezing the top down and drain it into the kitties bowl. They love me on those days LOL :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Squish it down with the cover over the sink.
    Same here and learned that from mom so she does it that way, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Squish it down with the cover over the sink.
    my can opener opens the can from the sides.it rolls the edges so you can't cut yourself on it..so no squishing down..

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    thatshow I do it too. My DH removes the cover adds water nd squishes it with the cover.
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Squish it down with the cover over the sink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Squish it down with the cover over the sink.
    Yep - my mother did it like that and that's what I do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Squish it down with the cover over the sink.
    my technique as well

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    Same here.
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Squish it down with the cover over the sink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Squish it down with the cover over the sink.
    Me, too. Have a furbaby to lick up the juice that squirts everywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Squish it down with the cover over the sink.
    Me, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Squish it down with the cover over the sink.
    my can opener opens the can from the sides.it rolls the edges so you can't cut yourself on it..so no squishing down..
    I know what you mean. Maybe you could let it start and then stop it just so it has a drainage slit in the side. When it stops draining finish the opening. If you can stop those kind once they start. Sometimes I do that with a regular can opener just so the lid won't fall off.

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    anyways..the tuna salad is made..and wonderful. i am going to see if they make a larger can strainer!

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    I just put mine in a regular strainer. The kind with the wire screen. I find this does a better job than squishing the lid.

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    open the can and then squash it down and drain

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    I open the can and use the lid but then I place the tuna on paper towels to get more liquid out cause I have a fussy hubby who hates soggy tuna after adding mayo. for sandwiches.......

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    I learned this technique from my SIL who was a caterer for 20 years.

    I place a drinking glass into the sink; open tuna can and place upside with opened lid down onto the glass, and press down on the can until liquid drains out. I used to use the open can, squeeze until fingers hurt method, too, but there always seemed to be a little leftover liquid. The glass/sink method removes all the liquid. Whether you use canned tuna in oil or water, this method works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb44
    I just put mine in a regular strainer. The kind with the wire screen. I find this does a better job than squishing the lid.
    That's the way I do it too. I just open it 30 min early and let it drain. No squishing! Put it in the fridge if you want it to be cold.

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    I drain mine in a small colander. works for me Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    What you need is a cat!!
    I drain mine by squeezing the top down and drain it into the kitties bowl. They love me on those days LOL :D
    Ditto!!!!! I get the drained tuna and they get a rare but very tasty treat!

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    I just use the can opener, then put my thumbs on either side of the cover, turn it upside down over the sink and squeeze. Then move my thumbs further around the cover and squeeze again. It's pretty much dry after I'm done.

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    LOL...ugh, I hate draining tuna! I have found that keeping the tuna in the fridge so it's cold helps. It keeps it together better. I usually use the lid and squeeze like everyone else, and I've tried using my ricer. A little too much trouble unless I'm opening 2 cans or more.

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    I buy StarKist chunk light Tuna. It is packed in water but on the package it says no draining. And there isn't any water to drain. It is wonderful. You might want to try it.

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    Put it in a strainer and mash it with a fork or spoon.

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