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Your favorite canned vegetable and how do you eat it?

jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 03:26 AM

For some reason, canned vegetables crack me up...I am always curious about just what they'll be like and so...

My latest canned food adventure was a can of asparagus it was of course very soft - mixed it with a bit of gorgonzola and pepper...heated it up a bit and yummm...not bad!

Other faves are canned corn with salt,pepper, lime and Tapatio sauce...

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  1. AnneInMpls RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 04:17 AM

    Hmmmm... The only canned vegetables in my pantry right now are tomatoes and chickpeas.

    Canned chickpeas aren't bad at all. Last thing I did with them: Drained and rinsed the chickpeas, rubbed off the skins, fried them in 1 inch of olive oil, and sprinked with salt. Tasty!


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      prunefeet RE: AnneInMpls Jan 17, 2007 05:27 PM

      Beans don't count!

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        Diana RE: prunefeet Jan 17, 2007 06:48 PM

        Yes they do!

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          huruta RE: Diana Jan 18, 2007 12:02 AM

          chickpeas aren't a vegetable! :)

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            Diana RE: huruta Jan 18, 2007 01:33 PM

            Nah, they're a legume, I know. Still, they're sold in the canned veggie aisle!

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              pescatarian RE: Diana Jan 18, 2007 02:44 PM

              Not really. They're not sold alongside the veggies. They have a separate section all their own - beans/legumes.

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          clim212 RE: prunefeet Apr 12, 2007 07:40 AM

          I think beans count. I personally love chilled red kidney beans with a teaspoon of balsamic vinegrette.

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        LARaven RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 04:24 AM

        French cut green beans

        I saute garlic with a little oil and some pepper then dump a drained can of green beans and mix em up.

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          gyp7318 RE: LARaven Jan 18, 2007 02:52 PM

          I second that! I normally do fresh or frozen veges, but I do prefer this one in the can.

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            amyvc RE: LARaven Apr 12, 2007 04:04 PM

            Agree on the french cut green beans. I don't love gbs but i do like french cut from the can. heat in micro, sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper or frank's red hot.

            I also like canned corn heated in micro with cheddar cheese melted on top - I know, so college....

            I don't really consider tomatoes as a "canned veggie" since I use those to cook and they actually are a bit of work (not as much as chopping fresh, obviously). But if you consider canned tomatoes as a canned veggie, then I usually have 1-2 can floating around.

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              randyw41 RE: LARaven Apr 13, 2007 02:58 AM

              I too like the french cut. My way of fixing them is to chop up 2 to 3 slices of bacon, 2 cloves of garlic chopped, and a pinch of basil. Saute this in a quality olive oil. When the bacon is crisp, drain half of the water from the green beans, add them to your saute and when the green beans are warmed up enough, serve them with a sprinkle of fresh parmesean cheese. Mmmm, yummy...

            2. Pei RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 04:26 AM

              I don't do this much now, but in high school my friends would make a few cans of it as a side for spaghetti with meat sauce. We probably ate it once a week.

              Drain a can of corn and dump the kernels into a hot pan. Add an insane amount of black pepper, stirring all the while. Stir until the corn starts to smell a bit. That is, it shouldn't have any of the residual moisture from after draining, but it shouldn't yet be dry all the way through.

              We called it...peppery corn. I know, brilliant.

              1. pescatarian RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 04:40 AM

                Hearts of palm, just as is, straight from the can. Same with artichokes, but I can never get enough of those hearts of palm.
                This will probably sound quite strange, but Pei's peppered corn above reminded me of how I used to add regular old relish to canned corn - yum.

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                  cayjohan RE: pescatarian Jan 17, 2007 05:28 AM

                  Yes, artichokes. I do generally use jarred, so it's maybe OT. But WOW, are these good things to have around. A quick cheesy dip, a nice toss with pasta..or just straight for a secret fridge foray.

                  Canned diced tomatoes are a must-have. It's a back-up for all sorts of meals.

                  BTW, has anyone seen the plug for canned peas in the latest Saveur? (The Saveur 100 issue, just out.) Anyone with ideas for these? My kids love them, and I aim to please. Mostly.

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                    luv2bake RE: cayjohan Jan 17, 2007 05:33 AM

                    Oh, geez, and how could I forget tomatoes?! I have some home-canned but also Ro-tel w/ chiles, Mexican, etc.

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                      othervoice RE: cayjohan Apr 13, 2007 05:28 AM

                      I'm not a canned peas advocate but an old friend of mine use to take baby peas, mix with marinnara sauce and hot Italian sausage, it was awesome. He'd let it simmer for about an hour.

                      My favorite is sliced beets rinsed and combined with english cucumber, thinly sliced red onion and blue cheese dressing.

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                      Emme RE: pescatarian Jan 17, 2007 06:50 AM

                      Yup, hearts of palm w/ balsamic vinegar and a little bragg's... LOVE EM! Or, I'll snag em out of the salad bar...

                      And artichoke hearts w/ the same condiments... sometimes also from the salad bar, but NEVER marinated in oil... blech... way to ruin the unadulterated natural goodness.

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                        DanaB RE: pescatarian Jan 17, 2007 10:36 PM

                        I'm a hearts of palm fan too. I love to make a salad with hearts of palm, avocado, tomato, cucumber and green onion, with a dressing of rice wine vinegar and oil.

                        The only other veggies I regularly eat from a can include beans, tomatoes, and canned beets. On occasion I will make canned corn (Trader Joe's is pretty good), but only in this one particular recipe -- with browned butter and slivered basil. It's best with fresh corn, but canned corn works well in the off-season.

                      2. luv2bake RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 05:32 AM

                        Green vegetables - asparagus. Totally different from fresh, but I like it.

                        Others would be beans (black, chickpeas, black-eye, pinto - quite a variety) for emergencies such as hurricanes or lazy dinners. :)

                        1. soypower RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 07:21 AM

                          baby corn, water chesnuts and bamboo shoots

                          they make almost any stir fry better! :o)

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                            luv2bake RE: soypower Jan 17, 2007 11:12 PM

                            How could I forget my favorite add-in of water chestnuts? I guess I was mostly thinking of things I eat pretty much by themselves and not mixed in with other stuff (probably why I forgot the tomatoes, too! Oh, and green chiles!)

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                            Diana RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 04:21 PM

                            Beans, all sort.

                            Frankly, my favorite is straight outta the can. I like Kidney's, whites, great northern, butter, gabonzo, pita, fat free refried and flagiolets, among others.

                            I like to take red kidneys and make a sort of sweet bean paste by blending them with the can juice and S[elnda or honey and a little salt. I use my immersion blender.

                            I serve the flagiolets warm with lamb and seasonings.

                            I generally just pour them on salads.

                            Beans are my main source of protien

                            1. C. Hamster RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 04:27 PM

                              Canned peas right from the can.

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                                smartie RE: C. Hamster Feb 14, 2008 07:21 AM

                                try canned peas mixed with Hellmans - excellent!

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                                CookingGirl RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 05:24 PM

                                All types of beans and diced or whole tomatoes. I love sliced beets drained and right out of the can. Sometimes I'll make a little beet salad with sliced red onions, salt, pepper, oil, vinegar...maybe some sugar if I'm in the mood for a pickled flavor. I just love canned beets.

                                1. Will Owen RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 06:59 PM

                                  Beans, beets, tomatoes, green chiles, corn - these are all (except maybe for chiles) the ones that seem actually to improve by canning. Spinach, asparagus and peas become something else entirely when canned, but I like them; green beans, OTOH, undergo a transformation that I've always hated. The only way to salvage canned green beans for me is long cooking with plenty of onion and bacon...which is also how I cook canned turnip, mustard or collard greens (LOVE those!).

                                  Our favorite version of succotash calls for canned corn and frozen baby limas. Instead of the nearly-dry Green Giant, I get store-brand canned corn and use the juice (plus a good blob of butter) to cook the lima beans. Veggie comfort food.

                                  1. Candy RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 07:14 PM

                                    I have several different types of tomatoes, roasted green chilis, occasionally a can of enchilada sauce for a I need to get dinner put together now moment. Olives, hominy, watermelon pickle (okay it is bottled, but it is always there) beets, a varitey of beans, coconut milk,

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                                      vawter RE: Candy Jan 18, 2007 12:12 AM

                                      Hominy, yes! Fry some good bacon ends (much smokier than just bacon), crunch up dried ancho chiles, then cook with Juanita's hominy! Much easier than starting from dried posole. Magic!


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                                      EllenMM RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 07:25 PM

                                      The little baby peas in a silver can have been a favorite side in our house, served with mashed potatoes and pot roast. Mix up the peas in the potatoes and drench with oniony pot roast gravy -mmmmm. Just the way Grandma used to serve it!

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                                        thegolferbitch RE: EllenMM Jan 17, 2007 07:59 PM

                                        YEAH! Le Soueur? (Sp?) I LOVE the ones with mushrooms and baby onions in them. They're a bit salty but I don't care....

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                                          diablo RE: thegolferbitch Feb 17, 2008 01:16 PM

                                          Yes! i knew someone else would mention them! LeSeur peas, even the low salt ones....love, love them. So reminiscent of my childhood. Only heat, though. Do not boil or you will be greeted with some mighty mushy peas.

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                                            julietg RE: diablo Feb 7, 2009 10:18 AM

                                            Open can. Drain peas by pushing lid on product and pouring water into sink. Dump peas in dish. Plop on some butter. Season with S&P. Nuke for 2 min.

                                            Ahhhh, Le Seur.

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                                        AnnaEA RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 07:28 PM

                                        Sliced beets. Drain them, and toss them with a teaspoon or two of balsamic vinegar and a tsp. of butter, heat up in the microwave or on the stove top, and you've got a quick tasty side dish in no time flat. Sometimes I toss them with a little bit of orange juice instead of the vinegar too.

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                                          Diana RE: AnnaEA Jan 17, 2007 07:29 PM


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                                          marlie202 RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 07:40 PM

                                          creamed corn--heat and eat

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                                            newfie29 RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 08:01 PM

                                            Water chestnuts for sure, as long as you rinse them.

                                            1. lrostron RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 08:01 PM

                                              Canned green chiles, specifically Hatch chiles from New Mexico, which I have my mom and/or sister mule back for when they visit. One of these days, I'll actually break down and buy the 5 gallon tub of frozen Hatch chiles from Furr/Osco in Santa Fe, if we drive. On the last Southwest flight I took home oasted chiles back on, some of my nearer and dearer fellow travelers were not too thrilled with me (but I made my then 15 year old son hold the bag on that one!) A dozen cans for Christmas, just what I asked Santa for!

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                                                upstate girl RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 08:08 PM

                                                Definitely baby corn and of course tomatoes, which I never seem to have enough of in my pantry. Don't mind green beans in a pinch but they are way better fresh. I totally disagree with asparagus in a can. I think it tastes awful.

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                                                  renz RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 08:28 PM

                                                  Green Giant Niblets corn - only kind I'll eat out of season. They're great out of the can, but sometimes I make a hybrid salad/salsa thing by mixing them with fresh diced tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, salt, avocado, garlic (and sometimes I'll saute the garlic in some butter with a little bit of onion--family member can't eat raw onions, so there you go).

                                                  Canned tomatoes, goes without saying...

                                                  And I have a weird thing for any cut of canned green beans, right out of the can.

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                                                    RiJaAr RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 08:42 PM

                                                    The only canned veggies i use are corn, tomatoes and mushrooms.
                                                    i tried canned peas one time for the heck of it..... NASTY!
                                                    i haven't tried asparagus, spinach, or artichokes yet, although i have a can of artichokes in the cupboard i'm scared to try.

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                                                      eamcd RE: RiJaAr Jan 17, 2007 11:51 PM

                                                      Don't be afraid of canned artichokes. To mix into a salad or pasta saute, they work well. Of course, like anything else, some can be terrible. I usually have good luck with the Trader Joe's ones.
                                                      Just don't compare them to the fresh you'd eat by themselves...

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                                                        DGresh RE: RiJaAr Apr 13, 2007 02:35 AM

                                                        I actually have a recipe I'm making tonight, which is sauteed chicken breasts in a mustard cream sauce with (fresh) mushrooms and canned artichoke hearts. It's a regular in our rotation and quite good. But as above, don't compare the artichokes to fresh; they are something different--

                                                      2. chef chicklet RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 10:16 PM

                                                        I will eat the petite pois - la suere? straight out of the can and the same with creamed corn. weird I know.
                                                        Of course I use tomato products when not in season.

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                                                          Mermazon RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 10:52 PM

                                                          All kinds of legumes, but never green beans! The only exception is if I am truly desperate to make 3 bean salad---then I MAY use the canned variety.

                                                          Various chiles I keep on hand too, and of course, olives. YUM! Give me olives any way you can! I like artichoke hearts in the jar, but never had tried them in the can. Same for hearts of palm. I find a lot of times the tinny taste of the can comes through in the taste. YUCK!

                                                          Hard for me to find a good canned mushroom. I prefer those fresh :-)

                                                          Canned tomatoes all the time! (Although there are brands now putting tomatoes in jars, and I like that and buy those when I can.)
                                                          At times it's difficult finding fresh, luscious, beefy deep red tomatoes. When I do, I usually can't keep 'em around long enough to use, 'coz I gourge on tomato sandwiches!!

                                                          I like canned creamed corn on ocassion. Plus, I can tolerate canned corn and baby corn, but other veggies I like either fresh or frozen. (emphasis on can! hee hee hee! I know, I'm a bit 'corny'!! ) Is it just me, or do I keep using "CAN" a lot here?!?
                                                          O=:) Merm

                                                          1. orangewasabi RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 11:00 PM

                                                            baby corn, straw mushrooms, hearts of palm, artichokes, tomatoes, chickpeas, bamboo shoots, beets, white asparagus tips

                                                            1. operagirl RE: jbyoga Jan 17, 2007 11:36 PM

                                                              Heinz Baked Beans. They're only kind of canned beans that are accceptable for Beans on Toast, in my book.

                                                              I also keep canned garbanzos around for a super-easy blender hummus (beans + tahini + garlic clove + lemon juice).

                                                              And then there's the canned coconut milk for Thai curries.

                                                              1. wyf4lyf RE: jbyoga Jan 18, 2007 12:09 AM

                                                                I use canned asparagus in the simplest recipe ever. I have no idea why these 4 ingredients taste so amazing together, but they do. Put a platter of these out at your next party and listen to the raves:

                                                                Asparagus "Sandwiches"

                                                                Open and drain a can of asparagus. Cut crusts off of white sandwich bread. Spread bread with good mayo. Sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper. Lay 2 asparagus spears on the diagonal on top of the mayonnaise. Fold the 2 bread corners across the asparagus, using a small bit of mayo to seal the corners. Press to seal.

                                                                That's it....white bread, mayo, pepper, and canned asparagus. I had this at a womens' tea this Christmas and everyone was loving them. I served them recently at a party, and they disappeared. Go figure.

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                                                                  mwright RE: wyf4lyf Jan 18, 2007 03:15 PM

                                                                  The ladies of the church where I grew up used to cut the crusts off the bread ( white sandwich "fog"), flatten it, butter it and put on a thin skim of mayo and then roll the canned asparagus spear up in it. Sometimes they would cut this into several little rolls.
                                                                  I have now discovered freash asparagus ( not a feature of my childhood), but those little rolls still appeal to me -- I often make them if I have to take sandwiches to a school "tea".

                                                                2. Kitchen Queen RE: jbyoga Jan 18, 2007 12:28 AM

                                                                  Creamed Corn - always add a can to my corn bread! The Best.

                                                                  1. bigmackdaddy RE: jbyoga Jan 18, 2007 12:30 AM

                                                                    Green Giant Whole String Beans, Progresso Artichoke Hearts (non-marinated) and Le Suer Asparagus, in a bowl tossed with mayo and garlic powder and some hot sauce.

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                                                                      othervoice RE: bigmackdaddy Apr 13, 2007 05:12 AM

                                                                      Sorry, I have to ask.....all three together????

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                                                                        Emme RE: othervoice Feb 13, 2008 11:06 PM

                                                                        why not... all three go nicely in a salad, since none is marinated... i'm not so sure i would want mine topped w/ mayo or hot sauce, but the three veggies go nicely!

                                                                    2. FoodFuser RE: jbyoga Jan 18, 2007 12:33 AM

                                                                      Canned spinach with a dash of vinegar. Reminds me of the days of grade school lunches.

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                                                                        piccola RE: jbyoga Jan 18, 2007 12:55 AM

                                                                        Beets - from the can, in salads or in sandwiches.

                                                                        Water chestnuts, baby corn, shiitake or straw mushrooms - same as above, plus stir-fries.

                                                                        Peas - puréed for soup or dips.

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                                                                          foiegras RE: jbyoga Jan 18, 2007 04:47 PM

                                                                          San Marzano tomatoes > homemade spaghetti sauce. Hearts of palm are good ... in general, any green vegetable from a can is an abomination (with asparagus being the absolute worst). If you must eat preserved asparagus, pickled in a jar is the way to go.

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                                                                            Old Spice RE: foiegras Jan 29, 2009 10:43 PM

                                                                            Foiegras, I couldn't agree more about canned asparagus. To me, most canned vegetables are awful. But canned asparagus is the only food I've encountered that triggers my gag reflex. Not hyperbole, the truth. My aversion to it is so strong, that even the odor of fresh asparagus, cooked too long, will make me queasy. Nor is my aversion the result of having been ill from it as a child. It has always been beyond awful to me, vile, vile stuff, with no resemblance to it's fresh incarnation, which I love.

                                                                            To answer the initial question: Canned tomatoes are a pantry staple, as are chipotles in adobo. I'll use canned bean (chickpeas, kidneys, etc.) in a pinch, but don't keep them around; I try to keep dried ones handy, though. Jarred artichoke hearts in oil.

                                                                          2. billjriv RE: jbyoga Jan 19, 2007 01:07 AM

                                                                            I like pickled beets,tomatoes,peas,beans,water,collard greens.I like canned asparagus straight out of the can for a midnight snack.I dont like corn or Spinich.

                                                                            1. Kajikit RE: jbyoga Jan 19, 2007 02:06 AM

                                                                              I hate canned 'green' vegetables because by the time you've heated them up they're grey and soggy. Even frozen ones can be a bit iffy if you're not careful how you prepare them... BUT some things actually seem to improve when processed - sweetcorn (sweet and juicy and much more tender than frozen), tomatoes (because they're concentrated), NON-green beans (because all the hard work is done for you), and beets (as long as they're pickled and not the sweet kind). And of course water-chestnuts, which seem to be totally and utterly indestructible!

                                                                              1. SilverlakeGirl RE: jbyoga Jan 19, 2007 02:14 AM


                                                                                No canned vegetables! OK, maybe some black beans, some pintos or chick peas. Tomatoes only sometimes.

                                                                                Why wouldn't people opt for frozen? Or fresh?

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                                                                                  upstate girl RE: SilverlakeGirl Apr 12, 2007 07:30 AM

                                                                                  I think there is a time and place for frozen or canned. For instance it's 7:30, you just got home from work, you're starving, and don't feel like going to the grocery store. I try to avoid canned, of course, but sometimes it's just necessary and convenient. I think beans and tomatoeis in a can are wonderful and a staple in my pantry.

                                                                                2. atheorist RE: jbyoga Jan 19, 2007 02:29 AM

                                                                                  Sauerkraut. Reubens, chocroute, with hot dogs or wurst.
                                                                                  Canned tomatoes are usually tastier and cheaper than fresh for cooking.

                                                                                  1. breadbox RE: jbyoga Jan 19, 2007 05:31 AM

                                                                                    This will probably sound gross to some, but I like to take a can of drained green peas and dump them into a bowl, where I mix in some mayo, chopped onion, and sometimes one of those small jars of pimentos. It makes a yummy salad.

                                                                                    I also like to drain a can of collard greens and saute them in a pan with some bacon fat and a little bit of vinegar.

                                                                                    Canned whole kernel corn is good heated with cream cheese and butter mixed in.

                                                                                    Since I have always lived in the south, I have always eaten my green beans seasoned with bacon fat and cooked until they are soft. Canned ones are good if you drain them almost dry, and simmer them with about a Tbsp of corn oil or canola oil.

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                                                                                      billjriv RE: breadbox Jan 19, 2007 05:36 AM

                                                                                      Sounds ok to me

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                                                                                        averill RE: breadbox Jan 26, 2007 01:15 PM

                                                                                        Not gross! My Mom takes canned mixed vegetable (corn, peas carrots - are there potatoes in there too?) and combines them with onion and mayo and black pepper, maybe lemon juice- this is a surprisingly tasty lunch. OK, its a bit weird too.

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                                                                                        veggielover RE: jbyoga Jan 25, 2007 03:22 AM

                                                                                        White asparagus, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, chilis, the kind of beans that you normally buy dried, water chestnuts, and those cans of fried onions to make green bean mushroom soup casserole.

                                                                                        1. MeffaBabe RE: jbyoga Jan 25, 2007 04:06 AM

                                                                                          Beets is the only canned veggie I really eat. I mix with lots of vinegar and some sugar and they are especially good when having mashed potatoes so the juice can run into the potats and turn them all pink
                                                                                          Oh yeah- the only other canned veggie I eat is creamed corn.

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                                                                                            lotech RE: jbyoga Jan 26, 2007 12:09 PM

                                                                                            LeSeur Peas mixed together with fried onions, toasted walnuts, hard boiled eggs, salt and pepper. Mix & mash all together until smooth. Great on toast or crackers.

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                                                                                              cooknKate RE: jbyoga Jan 26, 2007 01:06 PM

                                                                                              creamed corn mixed into my cornbread.....it makes it yummy moist

                                                                                              1. revsharkie RE: jbyoga Jan 26, 2007 01:12 PM

                                                                                                creamed corn & green beans. Butter beans.

                                                                                                The only time I do canned asparagus is when I'm making my aunt Edna's escalloped asparagus. Using fresh or even frozen in that recipe is a waste since it pretty much turns to mush anyway.

                                                                                                I will NOT eat canned peas, even in pea salad. Maybe once upon a time frozen peas weren't easy to come by, I don't know. But they're just as easy to deal with as the canned ones, and much more appetizing.

                                                                                                1. QueenB RE: jbyoga Apr 12, 2007 07:32 AM

                                                                                                  Corn is usually the only veggie I buy in a can.
                                                                                                  Throw in in the microwave, drain, add salt, pepper and a pat of butter. Yum.

                                                                                                  1. jinet12 RE: jbyoga Apr 12, 2007 07:36 AM

                                                                                                    Canned "blue lake" type green beans, marinated in Paul Newman's Parmesean and Garlic dressing...throw in some "cherubs" tomatoes, and you have yourself a tasty little salad

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                                                                                                      Janet from Richmond RE: jbyoga Apr 12, 2007 07:51 AM

                                                                                                      Tomatoes, corn, beans (pinto, black, cannellini, refried, baked, garbanzo), chilis

                                                                                                      1. ArikaDawn RE: jbyoga Apr 12, 2007 08:05 AM

                                                                                                        I do most of my veggies fresh and frozen, but I always keep on hand canned tomatoes, black beans, and artichoke hearts. On occasion I will pick up a can of super sweet yellow and white corn because my SO LOVES it.

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                                                                                                          sweetpotater RE: jbyoga Apr 12, 2007 04:13 PM

                                                                                                          Canned green beans (regular, not French cut) and corn, right from the can. Saltastic!

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                                                                                                            walker RE: jbyoga Apr 13, 2007 01:22 AM

                                                                                                            I usually have a can of Le Sueur baby peas in the pantry. I drain them and eat them cold with some mayo. It's great when you're really hungry and too tired to cook or clean up a mess. I also love Green Giant white shoepeg corn -- good hot or cold. Tastes almost as good as fresh.

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                                                                                                              rayrayray RE: walker Apr 13, 2007 05:41 AM

                                                                                                              canned sliced potatoes make the best home fries. fry with a little paprika, salt, sliced onion and some finely diced pepper.

                                                                                                              ....also agree with the baby peas and mayo. mix it with some canned tuna and rotini noodles. awesome pasta salad.

                                                                                                            2. eLizard RE: jbyoga Apr 13, 2007 06:40 AM

                                                                                                              Beans: in stews, soups, salads, dips
                                                                                                              Tomatoes: i only used canned for my sauces
                                                                                                              Corn: once i year at thanksgiving i buy a can of creamed corn and a can of niblets, mix them together with salt and plenty of pepper, pour into a glass pie plate. i toast some breadcrumbs that i season up in a skillet with a bit of finely diced red or green pepper and sprinkle that on top of the mixture. then bake it until it bubbles. my sicilian grandfather's sister used to make this. she was the cosmopolitan one, and she called it "spanish corn."

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                                                                                                                corabeth1 RE: eLizard Jul 6, 2012 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                eLizard. Here my creamed corn recipe: 16 oz pkg frozen extra sweet corn, Put in pan,add few tablespoons of water, salt, 4 T unsalted butter, cook according to package directions. Make a slurrey of whole milk & equal parts flour(3T milk 3T flour), whisk into cooked corn, cook 2-3 minutes stirring constantly. Thin with heavy cream. Adjust seasonings. I cannot have a family dinner without creamed corn.

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                                                                                                                athina RE: jbyoga Feb 13, 2008 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                I am definitely not a big fan of canned veggies, but you can't deny their convenience...My mom used to make these asparagus roll-ups with canned asparagus. lay out a thin slice of ham, spread it with garlic flavored cream cheese place a spear of asparagus on one end, and roll it up jelly-roll fashion. cut into cute smaller pieces, makes a delicious and easy hors d'oeuvres, interestingly enough, it isn't 1/2 as good with fresh asparagus. the canned asparagus is tender, and much less fibrous, which makes for a better end result.

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                                                                                                                  jaykat RE: jbyoga Feb 13, 2008 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                  Canned beetroot (you call them beets, I think) grated in the food processor. Then mix with good quality mayonnaise. It makes a great quick salad. Can also add a clove of crushed, fresh garlic.

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                                                                                                                    othervoice RE: jaykat Feb 13, 2008 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                    I agree, canned beets because you can't get them frozen and take to long to cook. Great in salads, or just with red onion and balsamic.

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                                                                                                                      Neta RE: othervoice Feb 14, 2008 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                      Canned green beans. Saute half of a diced onion, a medium tomato in a small amount of vegetable oil. Add one can of green beans and when the mixture is hotand bubling, break an egg, throw it in and stir until the egg is scrambled. Salt and pepper and you have a good side dish in a hurry.

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                                                                                                                    garfish RE: jbyoga Feb 14, 2008 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                    canned peas...with butter salt and pepper

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                                                                                                                      piccola RE: jbyoga Feb 14, 2008 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                      Canned okra. I usually eat it as is, or braise it in tomato sauce.

                                                                                                                      1. jayt90 RE: jbyoga Feb 14, 2008 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                        Canned sauerkraut, Euro-tomatoes, Herdez chipotle, tomato paste, are my pantry staples, but lately I've been putting a can of Niblets (undrained) in the rice cooker with sticky rice. This is really good, and I'll soon be adding chopped trinity to this. With chopped spinach in the steamer tray up above, I can even feel virtuuous!

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                                                                                                                          Querencia RE: jbyoga Feb 14, 2008 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                          Cream-style corn for an instant corn chowder. One can cream-style corn, one can milk, add more milk for thinner, add a bit of instant mashed potato for thicker, until you get the consistency you want. Toss in bits of leftover ham, bacon, or sausage or chunks of sharp cheddar cheese. Serve with black pepper and saltine crackers.

                                                                                                                          1. FoodFuser RE: jbyoga Feb 14, 2008 11:25 PM

                                                                                                                            Canned sliced beets to use as a sub for tomato slices on burgers.

                                                                                                                            Got the tip from a New Zealand friend... turns out the "Kiwiburger" has a national theme.


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                                                                                                                              filth RE: jbyoga Feb 15, 2008 03:02 AM

                                                                                                                              Beets, beans, corn, and tomatoes.

                                                                                                                              1. juster RE: jbyoga Feb 17, 2008 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                Ewww! Maybe it's just 'cause I'm in New Mexico, but I tried last week (maybe for the first time) some canned green chilies -- tasteless! Ickity. Really, look for the frozen if you can find them (or, of course, fresh if they're available, but frozen is a great sub). You won't go back.

                                                                                                                                Aside from beans (look for Allen brand!) and tomato things, which are definitely fine, I also like beets and the Le Seuer peas, corn, greens, and something which no one else has mentioned, and which I realize taste a bit metallic and odd, but I like nonetheless -- canned whole baby potatoes! I dunno what it is, but I really like them (tho hardly ever make them) sauteed and topped with butter and parsley.

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                                                                                                                                  foodiemommy RE: jbyoga Feb 17, 2008 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                  I must confess that I love Green Giant creamed corn, especially next to mashed potatoes. I also use it to make a really good dessert with creamed coconut called maja blanca.

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                                                                                                                                    beckyfaye RE: jbyoga Jan 23, 2009 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                    Le Sueur canned early peas - just add lemon pepper (to your taste) and some no-calorie, no-fat margerine. It's wonderful! We have it at least once a week. (I never liked green peas until I discovered this way to prepare them.)

                                                                                                                                    1. kchurchill5 RE: jbyoga Jan 23, 2009 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                      I can't eat most canned vegetables. However
                                                                                                                                      - baby corn, water chesnuts and bamboo shoots
                                                                                                                                      - artichoke hearts and hearts of palm
                                                                                                                                      - beans ok a strech, all
                                                                                                                                      - tomatoes of all kinds
                                                                                                                                      - mushrooms I keep a bag of frozen ones, better and cheaper and use as many as you want at a time, I also keep beans, corn and peas, onions and peppers as a stand by.
                                                                                                                                      - Beets also I use them for salads or sides ... There is a ongoing blog right now about canned beets.

                                                                                                                                      1. frygirl RE: jbyoga Jan 23, 2009 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                        I find canned lima beans to be much moister than frozen. Is it just me? I'm surprised to see so many plugs for canned beets. I love beets, but every brand of canned beets I've tried taste so metallic.

                                                                                                                                        1. Sam Fujisaka RE: jbyoga Jan 23, 2009 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                          Corn, chickpeas/garbanzos, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, sauerkraut, and sometimes (not green) beans.

                                                                                                                                          1. EastBayShortcake RE: jbyoga Jan 23, 2009 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                            On the west coast, in the hispanic foods section, you can find pickled jalapenos with carrots and onions - I eat them straight out of the can. Super hot and so good!

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                                                                                                                                              bw2082 RE: jbyoga Jan 23, 2009 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                              Artichokes, baby corn, straw mushrooms, water chestnuts, tomatoes

                                                                                                                                              1. marietinn RE: jbyoga Jan 23, 2009 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                I love canned peas. Yum! Usually I heat them up with some smart balance organic and some terriyaki sauce. Then i eat them on toast.

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                                                                                                                                                  kchurchill5 RE: marietinn Jan 24, 2009 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Sorry, lol. I can't even eat a mushy green pea no less with terriyaki and then toast. But everyone has tastes. I'm just laughing at it as all. I have my tastes too which are different too. Plenty

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                                                                                                                                                    marietinn RE: kchurchill5 Jan 24, 2009 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Well, when you're in college you figure out lots of unconventional ways to enjoy whats left in the cupboard, lol.

                                                                                                                                                2. MsDiPesto RE: jbyoga Jan 23, 2009 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Tomato aspic. Something I will probably never try to make myself, I slice it and put it on salads...my southern ex turned me on to this.

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                                                                                                                                                    shaebones RE: jbyoga Jan 23, 2009 09:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                    stewed tomatoes...right outta the can. :)

                                                                                                                                                    1. coll RE: jbyoga Jan 23, 2009 11:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I just made/invented Mexican style Quinoa; just added a can of creamed corn, a can of Rotel tomatoes and a can of drained black beans, no other liquid, to 3/4 cup of quinoa and some cumin and maybe some other spices, it was so good!

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                                                                                                                                                        jaykayen RE: jbyoga Jan 24, 2009 12:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I like canned corn with butter, S&P, and some cheese.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Boccone Dolce RE: jbyoga Jan 24, 2009 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Well! I never knew people were so into canned peas, asparagus and such. I don't eat any canned green veg, or corn, or even mushrooms... I make fresh, frozen or we go without because the only cans I have are all kinds of beans, various forms of tomatoes, coconut milk, water chestnuts and tuna.
                                                                                                                                                          My good friend told me her daughter made the most wonderful 'Green Bean Bundles' for Thanksgiving and she wanted to give me the recipe because she knows how I am- and when she told me canned green beans I just blurted out 'canned? but why?' - and immediately felt crappy that I said it outloud. Who am I to act like my fresh is superior to someone else's canned? I have a can of GB's in the pantry. I will make them one day!!
                                                                                                                                                          It ruined her joy for a second (until I begged her for the rest of the recipe which is just bacon slices cut in half, wrapped around bundles of beans, broil until crisp, mix up soy sauce/fish sauce/rooster sauce and sesame seed oil and serve in dip cups) - but then I did it again just the other day when someone said they didn't know how to make spinach they just open up the can and heat it in microwave. I'm a blurter. I need to reign that in.

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                                                                                                                                                            kchurchill5 RE: Boccone Dolce Jan 24, 2009 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Very few cans I eat too, canned legumes, not green beans. tomatoes yes, mini corn, I prefer frozen corn and baby peas, asparagus NO way, peas never, artichokes, and a few like that, water chesnuts, good. I tend to blurt out things when people give me a recipe with all canned. Don't get me wrong. I do use canned soup on occasion, very little, I do use canned beans, I just don't have time, I use frozen corn and peas, I take short cuts now and then but try to always use fresh and when entertaining. Always fresh all the way. But everyday, sometimes short cuts help.

                                                                                                                                                            Fried or pan seared chick peas with scallions, garlic, roasted red peppers and black olives are amazing. Very nice side dish with fish or steak, chicken or pork. I love it.

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                                                                                                                                                            twisterp RE: jbyoga Jan 24, 2009 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Ranch Style Beans (I think they are a staple in most Texas households)
                                                                                                                                                            I love to heat up a can of black eyed peas and top w/ salsa and crushed tortilla chips.
                                                                                                                                                            I can also make a meal of a can of asparagus warmed and topped w/ fresh squeezed lemon juice and tabasco sauce

                                                                                                                                                            1. kchurchill5 RE: jbyoga Jan 25, 2009 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                              2 cans black beans, 3 strips of bacon diced and sauteed till brown, then saute1 small onion diced, 2 teaspoons garlic, 4 tablespoons salsa, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 teaspoon oregano, salt and pepper. Just saute the onion and garlic, after a few minutes, add the beans, cumin, oregano, s/p and salsa. Let simmer. If too thick you can add some broth, but no reason to for me. I don't drain or rinse the beans. Serve over white rice. Amazing.

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                                                                                                                                                                juster RE: kchurchill5 Feb 7, 2009 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Mmmmm! That reminds me -- I get these "ranchero steaks" at the grocery store... I think they're flat-iron steaks, two to a pack, in some sort of red Mexicany marinade (it's not adovada). Really flavorful and tender.

                                                                                                                                                                Anyway, from the very first time I bought them we've eaten them like this: As little burritos or as torn-off bites (I like corn, he likes flour), a combo of steak (grilled to med-rare), canned Rotel tomatoes (cilantro and lime flavor), canned whole black beans, crumbly salty cotija cheese, avocado, white onion, cilantro, chipotle tabasco sauce, and sour cream (lowfat in our house). OMG! Inexpensive, easy, and just too good to be true.

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                                                                                                                                                                lcool RE: jbyoga Jan 29, 2009 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                hearts of palm,bamboo shoots,water chestnuts and San Marzano tomatoes,maybe all four aren't vegetables but

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                                                                                                                                                                  sixshootergirl RE: jbyoga Jan 29, 2009 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I love making hummus myself. not to be egotistical but i freaking love my homemade hummus the best out of anyone elses. i put fresh chopped garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, a few sundried tomatoes and a little paprika in a food processor with a can of garbanzo beans and i refrigerate it for a few hours. ive found that refrigerating it is really important beucase it allows the garlic flavor to really come out. i love garlic!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                    JFritsch62 RE: sixshootergirl Jul 4, 2012 10:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I love to make humus with canned garbanzo beans too. Soooo goooood!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. chicgail RE: jbyoga Jan 30, 2009 04:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    My dog LOVES low sodium green beans. Me, not so much.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. JFritsch62 RE: jbyoga Jul 4, 2012 10:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I'm a big fan of canned cut green beans and canned whole kernel corn. Not exactly something a foodie would admit. I can eat them both just drained rinsed without heating and with nothing added. But I like to cook either one in a frying pan after draining and rinsing. Start the green beans by cooking some sliced onion, in olive oil, add the green beans, a little water and salt, then cook on low until liquid is nearly gone. Simple but good. I cook canned corn by draining and rinsing first then cooking in a skillet with some real butter and a little salt. I cook it on low until it taste a bit like roasted corn. Again simple but good. You would probably like these ideas only if you are like me, and like canned green beans and corn to begin with. What I have never been able to make taste good is canned mixed vegetables. I would love some ideas on how to make them more appetizing.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Berheenia RE: JFritsch62 Jul 6, 2012 04:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Try using canned Italian green beans and olive oil and add chopped garlic and parsley- actually fry the parsley a little at the end.

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                                                                                                                                                                          JFritsch62 RE: Berheenia Jul 6, 2012 11:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds great. Italian string beans are definitely a good choice.

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                                                                                                                                                                          JFritsch62 RE: JFritsch62 Jul 6, 2012 11:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I don't think I made clear when talking about cooking the string beans that you have to drain and rinse before starting, then add your own liquid.

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                                                                                                                                                                          jujuthomas RE: jbyoga Jul 5, 2012 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          i have canned tomato products, canned corn and legumes for use in recipes. I do like canned sliced beets and once in a while I get a strange craving for canned green beans. I just don't care for other canned veggies - texture or taste. Don't like 'em much commercially frozen either.

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                                                                                                                                                                            rasputina RE: jbyoga Jul 5, 2012 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            ok green beans, I use the canned ones as a jump start to making southern green beans, you know the ones with onion and bacon that you cook until they fall apart.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. jayt90 RE: jbyoga Jul 5, 2012 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I usually have canned ackee on hand for salt cod and ackee, or just as a side with Caribbean dishes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                wandajune6 RE: jbyoga Jul 6, 2012 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                My first thought was that I don't buy canned vegetables. Then I realized that I buy a rather long list:
                                                                                                                                                                                -beans (kidney, chickpeas, and white beans). I prefer dried but I get lazy
                                                                                                                                                                                -wonderful things for salads: artichokes, hearts of palm, olives (although I prefer jarred or fresher)
                                                                                                                                                                                -tomatoes (every shape and form)
                                                                                                                                                                                -from my local Asian market: baby corn, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots

                                                                                                                                                                                I can't deny how wonderfully convenient they are, though I'm intimidated by/scared of a lot of canned veg.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  corabeth1 RE: jbyoga Jul 6, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Canned tomatoes- chili, pasta sauces. Canned beets- pickled beets. Canned green beans- southetn style, saute salt pork,add drained cut green beans, salt,quarted onion, 1 t sugar, bring to boil, lower heat simner 1 hour.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Ruthie789 RE: jbyoga Jul 6, 2012 07:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Corn from the can, no pun intended is quite good. Also if I am in a pinch I take canned potatoes, rinse them, dry them and season with paprika, and spices that I like, and fry whole in oil and butter. I have made these for quite a few people and they have liked them. Canned potatoes are good for fondue dinners.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      emu48 RE: jbyoga Jul 7, 2012 12:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Canned beans (that is, dry beans that have been cooked, not green beans) and canned corn come closest, in my mind, to being foods I would have in my kitchen. Neither is as good as fresh, but neither is bad, and they're convenient.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Canned tomatoes. The best canned ones are better than a lot of the fresh ones sold in the States. Especially if you're going to cook them.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe canned beets, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm living in the Middle East and seeing something I didn't know existed: canned pickles, like dills and cornichons. Dunno how good they are or aren't.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        John Francis RE: jbyoga Jul 7, 2012 03:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Refried beans, Goya or Old El Paso, straight from the can.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          JFritsch62 RE: John Francis Jul 7, 2012 04:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Me too. I like Roserita.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            JFritsch62 RE: JFritsch62 Jul 7, 2012 04:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Hearts of Palm right out of the can.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. iL Divo RE: jbyoga Jul 7, 2012 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          canned green beans of course for the green bean casserole.
                                                                                                                                                                                          it is iconic

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