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What is your favorite food that comes from a can?

Asked by Kardamom (28473points) 1 month ago

I know that some of you don’t eat processed foods, and wouldn’t dream of eating anything that comes in a can. This question isn’t for you. For those of you who sometimes eat stuff that comes out of cans, what is your favorite food that comes out of a can?

The reason I thought of this question is because I was at the grocery store in the canned vegetable aisle and I saw baked beans. I love baked beans. Heinz vegetarian baked beans in particular.

All sorts of things come in cans, brown bread, chili, Spaghettios, soup, Vienna sausages. What do you like?

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Mimishu1995's avatar

I like spam meat the best! I don’t usually eat canned food but those things just take the cake.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Tough for me to pick one. I guess I’m going with pink salmon. Although I alter it a bit, to eat it. I prefer salmon patties. I add diced onions, bell pepper, and a couple eggs. Season heavily, and use flour to make them into patties.

Years ago. I would add those tiny tiny salad shrimp to the mix. The whole process became too labor intensive, for me. And too much to clean up…

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Boston brown bread. I have never found it in stores around here, though.

Pink salmon is good for patties as above and also meat loaf. But I like canned red salmon as a delicacy. Served with vinegar or lemon.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Ok. I’ll admit it. I like Spam, potted meat, and canned corn. With these fine choices it is hard for me to decide a true favorite.
I can slice the spam and fry it to eat with eggs.
Potted meat goes great on rye bread.
Canned corn is delicious when cooked down in a frying pan so it caramelizes a bit.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@LuckyGuy can you share some spam to me? Spam here costs a fortune.

flutherother's avatar

In order of popularity…

1.Chopped tomatoes
2.Tinned salmon
3.Baked beans.

rockfan's avatar

Wild Alaskan salmon, preferably the Wild Planet brand

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Spam, adobo sauce (use it in chili) and whole plum tomatoes.

CWOTUS's avatar

Tuna, refried beans and tomatoes (either paste, or whole peeled, or diced or crushed, for me to make spaghetti sauce, chili, casseroles or soups).

I’ve lived on tuna salad sandwiches for weeks at a time. I love tuna salad. And my favorite ‘make at home’ meal is a burrito. (If we’re counting “stuff from a jar” as well, then I would also have to include Mrs. Renfro’s various salsas.)

rojo's avatar

Spicy black beans.

elbanditoroso's avatar

There’s tuna and then there’s tuna.

Costco has those 12-ounce (or maybe bigger) cans of albacore tuna which taste much lighter than ‘regular’ tuna. I like that better than Starkist.

They also have canned chicken. I don’t have it often, but you’re in need to a quick chicken salad, this is a good and easy way to make it.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Cranberry sauce. Please don’t try to sell me on any of that chi-chi whole-berry stuff that people painstakingly cook and then serve so proudly. I want the real thing – the jellied version that slides out of the can, retains its shape, and wiggles on a plate. Food doesn’t get any better than that, baby!!!

I speak as someone who spent her childhood summers on Cape Cod, a true cranberry connoisseur.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Hershey’s syrup, then tuna.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Mimishu1995 The price for shipping is probably 4 times the price of the Spam! :-)

marinelife's avatar

Well, showing my Southern roots here. I love canned field peas and snaps since I can’t get fresh.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

@Love_my_doggie A friend made chi-chi cranberry sauce and gave it the “authentic” look with a soup can.

filmfann's avatar

Roast beef hash! Throw a fried egg on top! Good eats!

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Beets, chick peas, soups, chili, collards.

rojo's avatar

Is beer food and if so, can I change my answer?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Sockeye salmon. Good call @MrGrimm888. I couldn’t think of anything until I saw your post!
I like soups too. Refried beans. Tomato sauce and stewed tomatoes.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Yeah. Salmon made a run here…

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Puritan beef stew .

NomoreY_A's avatar

Albacore tuna. Chili too.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh! We have Tuna fish! That sounds like it would hit the spot for dinner! Thank you @NomoreY_A!

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@Call_Me_Jay Poser! Imposter! If it doesn’t do the hula on a serving plate, it isn’t the real thing.

janbb's avatar

La Choy Chinese noodles. Never get them any more but I used to snack on them.

Kardamom's avatar

Thanks everybody. This has been a fun thread : )

I admit that before I became a vegetarian, I did like Spam.

@janbb. La Choy Chinese noodles, what a nice blast from the past. I used to love those. I also liked those tamales that come in a can.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Asparagus in the can!

NomoreY_A's avatar

@Dutchess_III. Gotta have tater chips with that tuna!

johnpowell's avatar

I love the pineapple rings that come in cans. I will bang out a can in a sitting and drink the syrup.

I just got tested for diabetes and I am in the clear…. for now

AshlynM's avatar

I rarely eat anything from a can but I do love those small white potatoes.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I like canned pineapple and canned beets. Those along with tomato sauce are about all I buy in cans. Oh yeah, cream of mushroom soup for recipes. Good stuff.

cookieman's avatar

Black Olives
Corn Niblets
Le Sur Peas

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m a frugal type person and I almost always buy generic rather than name brands, except when it comes to canned veggies. IMO there is a huge difference in quality between the name brand and the generic, so I spend a few extra cents on the name brand for canned veggies and fruits.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Oooo @johnpowell With your pineapple and my spam we can make magic! Hawaiian Delight!

Dutchess_III's avatar

frowing up here

janbb's avatar

I was just in the grocery store and had to tear myself away from the La Choy Chinese noodles!

BellaB's avatar

Baked beans. Love love love.

All the tomato things that come in cans. Paste. Sauce. Diced with herbs and spices.

Oh yeah, the tinned cranberry jelly. I can put that on just about any kind of sandwich.

Kardamom's avatar

@BellaB Oh my god yes! Canned cranberry sauce. Especially when it ploops out of the can in one big cylindrical ploop.

Kardamom's avatar

I also love Frito Lay bean dip. Yum, yum, yum!

Dutchess_III's avatar

So many foods I’ve never even tried!

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@kardamom Cranberry sauce makes a wonderful “shlumph” noise when it exits the can, then it does a little dance on the plate. A uniquely delicious food combined with so much entertainment value!

janbb's avatar

Now I want to buy some cranberry sauce Rockettes!

Kardamom's avatar

@janbb and @Love_My_Doggie Now I’m picturing a video where a row of canned cranberry sauce is choreographed being emptied into a pool, like a scene in an Esther Williams movie : )

johnpowell's avatar

@LuckyGuy… Fried SPAM and canned pineapple would probably be good as pizza toppings.

DUCKS

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

@janbb had to tear myself away from the La Choy Chinese noodles!

Why? Indulge! I haven’t had Spam in a decade and I’m going to get some soon. Mmmmm, fried Spam.

@LuckyGuy Fried SPAM and canned pineapple would probably be good as pizza toppings.

Without Googling I would bet real money you can find that in Hawaii. I would buy it. In Los Angeles I bought musubi a couple of times for the novelty. It’s Spam sushi!

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Manwhich. Sloppy Joes sauce.

Kardamom's avatar

Now I’m thinking we should have a canned food potluck : )

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

canned food potluck

Do it! Make a thread!

LuckyGuy's avatar

Wow! Spam sushi! I’ll try that the next time I’m making some. It looks so neat.

Kardamom's avatar

@LuckyGuy We should all go to Hawaii and watch you eat spam sushi, where it was invented : )

Mele Kalikimaka!

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ve been giving the dogs (and the cat) a bit of canned dog food twice a day for the last month because Dutchess has to have antibiotics twice a day. Fortunately it comes in capsule form so I just pull it apart and mix it in with the canned dog food.

Yesterday I opened a can of chili for myself…then forgot who that food was for for a minute!

LuckyGuy's avatar

WooHoo!!!! I made some Spam sushi!!!
I used brown rice put a shot of wasabi on it and topped it with slightly fried Spam. I then wrapped it with a strip of nori.

Pinguidchance's avatar

@Dutchess_III Yesterday I opened a can of chili for myself…then forgot who that food was for for a minute!

The memory may be on the slide but at least the anti-biotics will keep you fit and well.

This entire thread is essential reading for preppers and survivalists.

Nothing like a large can of surströmming and a few cans of beer to wash it down.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It’s ridiculous how they make canned dog food so that it looks attractive to humans, although I know that even if it was the same stuff only they hadn’t spent the time and the $$$ to make it attractive to us, there would be ridiculous people who wouldn’t feed it to their pets. You know, the pets who eat their own poop sometimes, or who will eat a spoiled hunk of gross looking meat that’s been laying in the dirt at the lake for weeks.

rojo's avatar

@Dutchess_III I have also thought that but then again I don’t think selling a product called “Spoiled Stinking Unidentifiable Body Parts” is a very good marketing ploy, even for dog food.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That was the point of my comment…it has to appeal to humans. I wonder how much extra we pay for that part of the game.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Well. Dogs are not the target market.Clearly, people are.

I’m glad dogs don’t shop for me.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I talked about Spam but also mentioned Armour Potted Meat . It’s various meat bits all ground up like dog food but is for humans. (supposedly) It spreads really nice on bread!

Everyone should have a couple of cans sitting the shelf in case of disaster. It lasts forever. Nothing tastes more delicious when you are out in the middle of the woods and are hungry.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@LuckyGuy I use to crew for a delivery sailboat broker, I can remember pulling into a harbor late one night with the promise clam chowder and fried fish. Getting off the boat we walked the 100 yards down the pier to the side entrance of the restaurant, only to find it was closed because of a fire the week before. No other eating places within walking distance. So . . . back to the boat. I unzipped my duffle bag and pulled out two loaves of rye bread and six cans of Underwood Deviled Ham Spread. Captain provided cans of imported beer for the rest of the dinner.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Tropical_Willie And I’ll bet it was delicious!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

The rest of the crew thought it was the most delicious meal and I was glad that I brought dinner for all. Eight hours on the water and food is always delicious.

janbb's avatar

^^ Yup!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh oh! Tinned oysters! On saltine crackers!

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Hah! I have a friend from 30 years ago, who brought a box of crackers and a can of smoked oysters to a back yard party. It was a weird out-of-the-blue thing but, sitting around the firepit, we ate them up.

And to this day, when someone in the group brings oysters and crackers on a camping trip, there is great rejoicing.

Dutchess_III's avatar

They’re addicting. But I can’t even eat a whole tin so I have to have company too.

basstrom188's avatar

Oh I just remembered sardines especially the ones in olive oil. Sunflower oil or tomato sauce not so good!

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