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Jan 17, 2010 07:41 AM

"Straight out of the Can" -- What do you eat this way?

Encouraged by buttertart, I thought it would be interesting to see what others sometimes eat "straight from the can" (or jar) -- without heating, or adding to....

Pork and Beans
Chick Peas
Asparagus (yes, I know, some people despise it).
Clam Chowder
Tuna packed in olive oil
Smoked Trout
Pickled Beets (though that's no stretch).
Stewed Tomatoes (must have the craving, though).

Mr. Alka will eat Libby's corned beef straight out of the can.

How about you?

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  1. Spagetti O's (*^_^*) and sometimes tuna (if I'm in the mood)

    I also like some of the cup noodles, just dry, broken up, straight from the cup (can't recall the name, but it's the brand with a smiley face as a logo)

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    1. re: Popkin

      Spaghettios, upside down, to help avoid the sauce that has a faint smell of that stuff they used to throw on the floor when someone threw up...

      1. re: foodmongrel

        I always knew that smell reminded me of something - That's it, exactly!!

          1. re: foodmongrel

            Spaghettios are so foul for that reason. I can't get close to a can. It's just pure gross and I like good stinky cheeses

          2. re: Popkin

            Popkin! Yes! I thought I was the only one to eat those cup noodles like that. So crunchy! I sometimes do that with the Oodles o Noodles bricks, too. Break em apart and sprinkle the powder over them....
            Good stuff.

            1. re: mwerkharder

              Used to do this all the time as a kid. Didn't even realize you could cook them back then.

          3. anchovies, herring, kimchi - anytime
            whipped cream - during Catherine Zeta-Jones movies
            Cheez Whiz - during Judge Judy

            1. Chick peas
              Pears packed in water or juice (no syrup)
              and my favorite, refried beans of any kind. Just hand me a spoon.

              1. I don't use cans often at all, and don't care for much in the way of canned meats/foods/vegetables.

                That being said,

                Canned asparagus -- drain and eat right out of the can or on buttered toast (for some reason I love the salty taste and nearly pudding-like texture of canned asparagus).

                Canned chunk pineapple -- for some reason never had it as a kid except for "dessert" at the Chinese restaurant. Nowadays I'll pick up a can on a whim and eat it in one sitting, piece by piece...

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                  1. re: shaogo

                    this is not to say that i don't like the fresh real thing, but i too like the taste of canned asparagus, along with green beans, hearts of palm, non-marinated artichoke hearts, and carrots... something about the texture. lightly drizzled with Bragg's amino acids... where do i turn in my Chow badge...

                    1. re: Emme

                      you keep that chow badge right where it is!

                  2. I've been struggling, trying to think of something i eat from the can, and i've settled on chickpeas, and summercrisp corn from delmonte. And, on occasion, asparagus for crudite platters