How to Rinse a Can of Tuna

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Things You'll Need

  • Can opener

  • Strainer or colander

  • Fork

  • Cheesecloth or kitchen towel

Once you rinse your can of tuna, you can prepare the tuna in a variety of ways.

Fish is an important part of a heart-healthy diet and canned tuna is an easy way to provide you and your family with its benefits. Canned tuna is perfectly safe to eat directly out of the can, with no further preparation necessary; however, rinsing the tuna before eating it can remove excess sodium, and in the case of tuna that is packed in oil, rinsing it can remove some of the excess calories. Rinsing your tuna will also make an already healthy meal choice even healthier.


Step 1

Open the can of tuna with a can opener and put it into a strainer or colander.

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Step 2

Break the tuna into smaller chunks with a fork

Step 3

Place the strainer into a sink and gently run warm water over the tuna. You may use water directly from the faucet or use the sprayer hose if your sink has one.

Step 4

Let the tuna sit in the strainer in the sink for a few minutes to drain off the water.


If you want the tuna to be especially dry, you can squeeze out the excess liquid with a cheesecloth or kitchen towel. To do this, lay the towel flat in the sink and empty the tuna from the strainer into the towel. Pick up the corners of the towel and twist them around the tuna, making it into a ball shape in your hand. Squeeze gently until no more liquid is released. Unwrap the towel from around the tuna and use the tuna as desired.


Use caution when opening the tuna can, as the edges of the metal can be very sharp.

Make sure to use a clean kitchen towel if squeezing the tuna dry to prevent contamination.



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