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Aug 22, 2008 08:02 PM

does anyone still buy instant coffee?? canned vegetables?? condensed soup??

just wondering what the allure is.

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  1. I will buy canned corn for making soup in the winter.
    I also use canned beans to make my own refried beans.

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    1. re: gordeaux

      Heh. Well we had a long power outage earlier this summer but luckily I have a gas stove that I can light with a match. I was awful glad to be able to dig out a little sealed container of instant coffee in the morning and boil some water so I wouldn't have to face the world without my cup of coffee. It was crappy but it did the trick. When life is going well it is good to have the best of everything in the way of food and drink that is within budget, but when life gets rough, (power outages, nasty colds and flus and even worse stuff) its good to have some canned veggies, condensed soup and instant coffee in your cupboard. Just in case. And the condensed soups have the added benefit of being foods from my childhood for me, especially comforting when life doesn't play fair.

      1. re: givemecarbs

        We have frequent power outages. Luckily I can always cook because I have a gas cook top. I just have to ignite it with a gas match. I use a French Press so good coffee is not an issue.

        1. re: Candy

          I used to brew with a coffee maker; then, a French Press; now I am happy with my Instant MAXWELL HOUSE original coffee. On testing, it came out #1 of the tested Instant coffees, so I tried it and actually prefer the Instant to others now. I drink one mug a day in the morning. If I have any more later, I do not get any sleep at all, so I don't
          allow myself an after dinner cup of coffee. My coffee is better than STARBUCK'S to MY tastebuds.

          1. re: TallyEddings

            Starbucks - it's called that because the prices are astronomical.

            I love the smell of coffee but hate the taste. I don't know how that can be, but it has been that way all my life.

            1. re: ZenSojourner

              good fresh coffee tastes like nothing else. Try some, if you can ever find someone who roasts their own. Blueberry juice, peanut butter, dark chocolate milk, forest/moss/earth, you name it. My cappuchinos are naturally alcoholic

              1. re: Chowrin

                those poor capuchin friars** are always getting the bad "alcoholic" rap, now aren't they?

                ** yeah, i thought they were monks, too, until i read what is the difference between monks and friars. now you know. just in time for your next cocktail party chit-chat, right?

        2. re: givemecarbs

          We, too have a gas stove....and an old Pyrex percolator, so we can always have decent coffee if the power is out (a rarity around here).

      2. Instant espresso for tiramisu; Campbell's tomato and chicken noodle soups for whenever we need some...

        1. Instant coffee works really well in small amounts to any recipe with chocolate. Just a teaspoon will enhance the chocolate, so yes I use instant coffee.

          Canned veggies? I actually prefer canned peas to fresh or frozen and canned corn comes in very handy. I also love canned beets.

          Condensed soups I use in a couple of my nostalgic comfort food recipes. And Campbells chicken noodle soup is one of the ingredients in my flu cure!

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          1. re: MrsRosencranz

            Ditto! I enjoy LeSeur canned peas with roast lamb, roasted potatoes, and mint sauce. Canned succotash (small limas) are delicious with most of the water poured off and heated in some bacon grease. I use canned artichokes often and a range of canned ethnic foods, especially sauces. There are, also, some very good canned gourmet soups available

          2. I always have condensed campbell's soup on hand for the days when I am sick and just need soup to sip is a lot easier than making it from scratch or driving all the way to costco for it. Usually when I make soup I freeze some, but I don't like to leave it around for long periods of time.

            Also, I LOVE canned green beans.

            1. No on the instant coffee and canned vegetables (except for beans). A big YES on condensed soup. I always joke that I don't feel safe without a few cans of Campbell's in the house. If nothing else sounds good, I can always eat their chicken noodle or tomato soup. I also like some of the less common ones like scotch broth, minestrone or chicken with wild rice.