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"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....

Me?
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

                    1. Silver Floss SauerKraut
                      Progresso brand only, Chick Peas
                      Green Giant white shoepeg corn
                      Chef BoyarDee Beef Ravioli-great comfort food
                      Bush's Vegetarian Beans
                      Dole Pineapple in Natural Juice
                      Bartlett Pears in natural Juice
                      Beer, but I prefer bottles or on tap

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                      1. re: bagelman01

                        Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee meat ravioli, regular sized or extra large. Artichoke hearts, anchovies (rolled with capers), stewed tomatoes, Progresso lentil soup (just a few spoonfulls before I heat it up).

                      2. -sardines and other smoked/cured fish
                        -CHEF BOYARDEE
                        -diced tomatoes with herbs and spices (i only buy the tomatoes pre-seasoned if i am planning to eat it out of the can :-p)

                        1. Sardines...
                          Peaches....
                          Deviled Ham....
                          Vienna Sausage.....

                          1. Absolutely, hands down, my favorite is also asparagus - chilled in the icebox. I go for any extra fancy stuff. I love the way they pack the spears upside down so you can grab them with your fingers without crushing the tips!
                            Bob

                            1. Canned tomatoes. Pickled beets.Sardines. Tuna.

                              1. Pretty much what Uncle Bob said, to which I will add the bones from canned salmon, which I fell in love with as a kid and never got over it. Mrs. O likes them too, so if I'm making something for the two of us I'll leave some in. If it's for company, though, it's Calcium Supplement Time.

                                1. Canned fruit. When I was a little tyke, Mom did a lot of canning and the peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, and applesauce etc. made their appearance at breakfast all winter long and were appreciated by family and hired hands alike.

                                  So, something like a can of peaches presses my nostalgia buttons and I will happily scoop some into a bowl and enjoy.

                                  Also -- olives. Am I the only one who likes to stick a fondue fork into a can or jar of them and keep fishing them out until I'm satisfied or they run out -- whichever comes first?

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                                  1. re: Sharuf

                                    Fork, shmork, I just use my fingers to eat olives from the can--yes the lame-o black ones from California. I love the traditional ones too, but there's something about those canned ones. I can eat a can easy, though I try not to :)

                                  2. another chick peas person
                                    corn
                                    spoonfuls of evaporated milk
                                    butter beans

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                                    1. re: smartie

                                      Along those lines, but not quite:
                                      - spoonfuls of sweetened condensed milk
                                      - Pringles

                                      While we're in the confessional, I love shooting those little half-n-halfs you get at restaurants (when no one is looking) and licking the jam out of the little single-serving containers (what, you saw me?). ;) Surely I'm not the only one, but I can take it if I am!

                                        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                          I do it too!!

                                          Out of a can -
                                          Chick peas
                                          Corn
                                          Olives
                                          Deviled Ham (but not for years)
                                          Oh yeah - I do the spoonful of condensed milk too!
                                          I used to be a cannned potato freak too...- straight out of the can!
                                          It wasnt the taste..because they tasted foul....but there was something about the weird texture that I used to LOVE
                                          I probably still would now that I think about it - I'm getting a hankering for some right now!

                                        2. re: kattyeyes

                                          i used to shoot half-and-half's as a child... much to my mother's chagrin... she'd only let a couple go by before putting the kabosh on the operation.

                                          1. re: Emme

                                            emme and sista-kat, you give a whole new meaning (and visual) to the term "shooter party."

                                            i picture well-dressed ladies sitting around the living room, with a beautiful coffee service and bone china --- heads flipping back to gulp the shooter half-n-half! (to complete the visual -- then they wipe their mouths with the back of their hands -- like some cowboys).

                                          2. re: kattyeyes

                                            So kattyeyes, you're telling me that I should go to Restaurant Depot and buy foodserv pak Smucker's jelly and Guida's creamers in case you come over and I need to make a platter of amuse-bouches? Do you want me to add the cute little individual Philadelphia cream cheese and Skippy peanut butter to the mix?

                                            I have witnessed fellow employees in restaurants eating all of these things and now I kinda understand.

                                            MORE ON TOPIC:

                                            Add to my list: Olives -- the more "colossal" the better -- despite the fact that I enjoy good Italian olives in oil or brine that *don't* come in cans
                                            Also Le Sueur peas: with a little sauteed onion reminds me of my grandmother

                                            Cento tuna in oil.

                                            1. re: shaogo

                                              LOL, it's not a bad idea. You never know when the mood might strike me. ;) Still laughing...thanks!

                                              1. re: shaogo

                                                shaogo-
                                                In our fridge at all times are:
                                                Mini Moos-I don't like Guida's Dairy products
                                                International Delights PC French Vanilla
                                                Both of which my 13 year old drinks directly from the pc
                                                PC Smuckers Orange Marmalade-which the mother in law eats by just inserting a butter knife into the marmalade and then onto her toungue
                                                PCs of Creamy Peanut butter-the 3 and 4 year old lick these directly with theor tongues-stopped them at 2 from putting their tongues directly into the 3lb jar of Skippy
                                                Individual squeeze pcs of Philadelhphia Cream Cheese-agaim the 13 year old inhales these directly-no more gingers in the 8 oz container
                                                and of course individual packets of Duc Sauce from Kari-OUt which my 22 year old sucks down as a sugar fix.

                                                1. re: bagelman01

                                                  ...talk about oral fixations! LOL!

                                          3. Stewed tomatoes
                                            albacore tuna (solid)
                                            NoneSuch brandy/rum mincemeat (I've gotten plenty of eeeeuuuu's on this one)
                                            quality anchovies

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                                            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                              I recall standing in a restaurant kitchen, scooping up mincemeat pie filling with a spoon, and using another spoon to add a dollop of whipped cream atop the mincemeat. I think I made myself sick...

                                            2. mmm, me too asparagus, sardines, pickled beets, chickpeas.

                                              canned green beans (for some reason I do not like fresh cooked or frozen but love raw and canned)!

                                              1. Oh, guilty secret! Canned little baby peas, the La Suer ones in the silver can...

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                                                1. re: Beckyleach

                                                  Oh, can add: another canned asparagus freak...pears...fruit cocktail (childhood thang), and yellow fin tuna packed in olive oil (too much mercury but my "childbearing years" are past me, now ;-)

                                                  1. re: Beckyleach

                                                    oh, i'll confess to la seuer, too!
                                                    my mom turned me on to them, but she uses them in a pea salad.

                                                      1. re: alliedawn_98

                                                        when i'm making it -- probably at mom's house -- i always eat some peas before i start with mixing the salad. her salad is minced onion, celery, mayonnaise, small squares of cheddar cheese, and chopped boiled egg -- and ONLY le seuer peas!

                                                        ;-)).

                                                        btw, it is best made a day ahead for the flavors to connect.

                                                      1. re: mkmccp

                                                        Oh no- not the tiny canned peas- they were so mushy.

                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                            My brother and I were reminiscing about some childhood dishes recently and we remembered 2 things my mum made with canned peas - chicken with potatos and peas and pasta with peas....
                                                            We both agreed using canned peas was essential to the dish - (the sweetness of them) and also that they are the only 2 things in the world that canned peas are good for!

                                                            1. re: NellyNel

                                                              For the longest canned peas were one of 2 vegetables I would eat as a child (the other was corn, any way but creamed). I'm still fond of them.

                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                Yes I like them too...there is something very appealing about the "tenderness" and sweetness...
                                                                And yet I have never used them for anything other than the two dishes I mentioned in my earlier post...
                                                                I guess I would eat them out of the can, but yet somehow I wouldnt serve them as a side with a meal.....it doesnt make sense I know..but ??

                                                                1. re: NellyNel

                                                                  Nor would I - but they were a staple of my family's table. How do you make your two dishes?

                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                    The first pasta dish is served more as a snack - than a meal - it's basically a quick red sauce made by chopping onions and sauteeing (I like to put a pat of butter in with the olive oil) them till translucent, adding the peas, for a minute, then add tomatoes and season with a tad of sugar and oregano. Salt - whatever you like
                                                                    This is one red sauce that we do not put garlic in...the flavor is coming from the sweet peas and lots of sweet onions. I always use "ditalini" pasta which is a small pasta kind of like a ziti that has been cut into 4 or 5 pieces...
                                                                    The second chicken dish is surprisingly delicious..
                                                                    You roast some chicken part and chunks of potatoes and onions in olive oil - seasoned with oregano, salt & pepper...roast for a while then add a bit of canned tomatos squished , I don't like too much tomato - just a bit for flavor and color - and a can or drained peas...cook for about a half hour more.
                                                                    I hope my directions are good! And I also hope you try 'em - they are both really simple and tasty!

                                                                    1. re: NellyNel

                                                                      Both sound good! Is your background Greek by any chance?

                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                        Thank you!!

                                                                        No - I am Italian - but you're right - the chicken dish especially does sound Greek.
                                                                        These are both dishes my grandma made and she came from Naples...

                                                                        We always said that pasta and peas HAD to be made with canned peas..and that is correct for that recipe but later in life my Sicilian landlady introduced me to a different "pasta with peas" recipe that she made with frozen or fresh peas...which was more of a hearty Sunday gravey (possibly with meat) She didnt add the peas to the sauce, she used to just put a handful of peas on top of the bowl of pasta......and boy oh boy - that is good too!! (I do try to replicate her version - but I have never gotten it to be as good as hers!!)

                                                                        1. re: NellyNel

                                                                          Interesting! When we were at university in Toronto, we used to get a lasagna from a local pizzeria (Porretta's I think it was) that had peas in the sauce. Was great. It was definitely momma's home cooking, perhaps the family was Neapolitan, I wonder...

                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                            Oh buttertart - I didnt realize you are in Brooklyn!!
                                                                            I'm from Brooklyn, and I miss it terrribly! (Foodwise)

                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                I miss it ...Grandma is still there and whenever I visit - I take a big sack with me to do some shopping!

                                                    1. Canned tomatoes
                                                      Canned tropical fruit salad
                                                      Whipped cream (also a fun treat for the cats)
                                                      Marco Polo brand caponata

                                                      1. Lychees (from a cold can which has been in the fridge).

                                                        1. Spinach or mixed greens (collards/mustard &turnip)

                                                          When I was little my mom couldn't keep canned spinach in the house. So weird.

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                                                          1. re: shanagain

                                                            (And I just realized I've been nibbling on fresh spinach all day. What can I say, I yam what I yam, I guess.)

                                                            1. re: shanagain

                                                              shanagain, have you tried the "glory" brand of greens in the can?

                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                Yep and to this day I snag a bite when I'm using them!.

                                                            2. Can tomatoes, they make a great side dish!
                                                              Dole pineapple, mandarine oranges, lychees, pears.
                                                              Creamed Corn

                                                              1. vienna sausage. pineapple chunks. fruit cocktail. tuna.

                                                                  1. Cling Peaches in Heavy Syrup. Cold. Wow.

                                                                    Aside from that...the occasional pickle.

                                                                    Nothing else

                                                                    1. sardines, smoked oysters and beer

                                                                      1. I sure wish I could still eat salt! I used to love from a can, with no changes:
                                                                        black olives--the whole can
                                                                        green beans
                                                                        garbanzos
                                                                        and, since we never ate these as a kid, once in a blue moon I'd eat the raviolis from a can!
                                                                        any canned soup--not even heated!!

                                                                        I used to love prince edward extra small sardines. Just drain, place on paper towel, pat, place on plate with gobs of dijon and butter and eat with saltines. Yum!

                                                                        If they weren't so sweet, I'd still be gobbling up mandarin orange segments, lychees and pineapple.

                                                                        Right now, I really only eat garbanzos straight from a can. I just have to get the unsalted kind. I eat the unsalted spring water albacore tuna but I add sour cream, onions, celery, dijon and garlic, so that isn't the same.

                                                                        Yum!

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                                                                        1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                                                                          i had heard that celery has lots of sodium, but that's not really true. also, it has blood pressure benefits: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tn...

                                                                          and while dijon has a **sense** of salty *taste* it is actually not bad at all in sodium terms.

                                                                          1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                                                                            not sure if it makes enough difference to be helpful for you, but I read somewhere on CH that if you put the garbanzos in a drainer and rinse well before eating, you will get rid of a lot of the salt...I do it now, just to feel better about eating them (though unsalted is probably wiser).

                                                                            That said, I use them in cooking, mostly roasted. Garbanzos straight from the can, I don't really see. However, I have been known to eat corn straight from the can...

                                                                          2. Canned pears at home.
                                                                            Canned tuna hiking in the desert ...

                                                                              1. Well, it's a jar, but peanut butter.
                                                                                Oil-packed sundried tomatoes.
                                                                                Salsa.
                                                                                Anchovies. Sardines.

                                                                                Refried beans.
                                                                                Cream of mushroom soup (gross, I know).
                                                                                Wax beans.

                                                                                1. Smoked oysters and mussels
                                                                                  Don't cha just love the flat can with oil...a few pieces of crusty rye bread and I'm good to go!

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                                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                                    Yes, smoked oysters on crackers, good call.

                                                                                  2. Beans. I have a slow cooker I could use more often, but I do like the convenience of canned beans. Sometimes I just snack on them right out of the can.

                                                                                    Tuna and sardines as well.

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                                                                                    1. re: Au Pomme

                                                                                      I fit here. Canned beans, any kind but especially Goya black beans, and canned fish, tuna, sardines, smoked oysters, etc.

                                                                                      Remember when Hersey's chocolate syrup came in a can??

                                                                                      1. re: tcamp

                                                                                        Does it only come in a bottle now? I sure do remember! We'd have it at Nanny and Poppy's over Lady Borden vanilla ice cream. :)

                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                            Really? I've only seen it in a plastic squeeze bottle. But I haven't purchased in years so I could very well be wrong. I vividly recall standing in the kitchen watching parents depart as I opened the fridge and filled a soup spoon from that can of hersheys.

                                                                                            1. re: tcamp

                                                                                              i'd drink that straight from a can. i'm tempted to buy some when i'm down in florida visiting my mom (who *loves*) ice cream ("moose tracks" is her current fave). that's how i know it is still in cans, because at publix i gaze at the massive end-cap with ice cream toppings and debate myself -- "should i? should i not?" so far, i've been able to withstand the siren call.

                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                what is it with moms & moose tracks? mine loves it too!

                                                                                                i just realized that since this thread has focused solely on jars & cans, no one has mentioned eating *ice cream* straight from the carton...though i guess since we ALL do it, there's no need to discuss further ;)

                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                  "moms and moose tracks"..

                                                                                                  i feel a country ballad comin' on..... ;-)).

                                                                                                  "i remember long ago
                                                                                                  my momma took me on her knee
                                                                                                  she told me that i was special
                                                                                                  and that she would make me see

                                                                                                  momma said she'd make me see
                                                                                                  that her love was a fact
                                                                                                  then, momma spoon fed me
                                                                                                  some melting moose tracks...

                                                                                                  ---
                                                                                                  (refrain)
                                                                                                  ---
                                                                                                  oh! mommas and moose tracks
                                                                                                  mommas and moose tracks
                                                                                                  how i love ....my momma and moose tracks.
                                                                                                  tell me, ain't it so fine about mommas and moose tracks?
                                                                                                  mommas and moose tracks
                                                                                                  i'd love to go home

                                                                                                  ~~~~~

                                                                                                  er, ahem, yes... back to the real topic, sub-topic #31: eating ice cream directly from the carton.
                                                                                                  rule #1 (almost like the prime directive) -- and this must be done beginning at the moment it hits your counter from the grocery store, when it is softening around the edges. you must then proceed to get a soup (or serving) spoon, and "run the rim" i say, ol' gal. *"RUN THE RIM."

                                                                                                  ~~~~~~~
                                                                                                  (**) and finally, i did not say it was a GOOD country ballad comin' on. ~~~

                                                                                                  i mean, dang, what in the heck is gonna rhyme with moose track??!!
                                                                                                  "that she had my back"
                                                                                                  "that i ain't on crack"
                                                                                                  "that she ain't no hack"
                                                                                                  "she cut me no slack"
                                                                                                  "let go of that tack"
                                                                                                  "lift up that sad sack"
                                                                                                  "clean that old rack"
                                                                                                  "hand me an ice pack"
                                                                                                  "play 'paint it black'"
                                                                                                  "is that a fern bract?"

                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                    You've outdone yourself once again, Alka darling. Fern bract, indeed! You should get working on a book, seems to me you have it in you to be the next Peg Bracken.

                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                      Pun unintended by the way. I mean it!

                                                                                                    2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                      LMAO! alka, you're too much :)

                                                                                                      and i'm so with you on "running the rim" - i prefer to enjoy my frozen dairy delights slightly softened, so that melty exterior layer is the *perfect* consistency for me.

                                                                                        1. Pork and beans (that's what started this)
                                                                                          Whole tomatoes (jammed whole into my mouth) - love them
                                                                                          Mandarin oranges
                                                                                          Pear halves, pears, peaches, fruit cocktail (in heavy syrup preferably)
                                                                                          Lychees, the queen of fruits
                                                                                          (the fruits chilled before opening)

                                                                                          1. Pineapple is about the only thing. I keep a few cans in the fridge at all times.

                                                                                            1. Peanut/nut butters
                                                                                              Chick peas
                                                                                              Whipped cream (squirt straight into mouth is the best)
                                                                                              Nutella

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                                                                                              1. water chestnuts- whole over sliced
                                                                                                tomato paste- with a spoon
                                                                                                olives
                                                                                                Smoked oysters or clams
                                                                                                Smoked fish steaks with hot chiles
                                                                                                mandarin oranges
                                                                                                Vital Choice canned skinless boneless salmon
                                                                                                marshmallow fluff

                                                                                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                    Yes to these and to the whole water chestnuts.

                                                                                                    1. Peperoncini! They will NOT last more than a day in my house.

                                                                                                      Oh! And pickled ginger.
                                                                                                      Every now and then I need some for some reason; gripe about buying a whole jar when I don't need much; resign myself that "it'll keep fine in the fridge, I'll use it up"; snack on it a bite at a time until it's gone; then get annoyed when I have none left for the next recipe I want to use it in!

                                                                                                      Add me to the peanut butter, chickpea, pickle and canned tomato lists.
                                                                                                      Actually, tomato products of any kind. Salsa, jarred sauce, et cetera. I just crave them. I bet I have some sort of condition that my body is desperately trying to compensate for by cramming in the lycopene...

                                                                                                      1. most canned veggies, including the little potatoes...
                                                                                                        sweetened condensed milk- I have seen it now in a sqeeze type bottle- that wayI don't have to open a whole can to get my scm fix ( it wouldn't last too long anyway)
                                                                                                        La Suer peas
                                                                                                        sauerkraut
                                                                                                        gross gloppy pie filling...mmmmm...
                                                                                                        Hershey's Syrup in the can!
                                                                                                        and yes, cold straight out of the can with your fingers Ravioli
                                                                                                        and I am going to stop there because I am getting concerned with my "can" issues.

                                                                                                        1. When I was a kid my grandfather would never eat peas so I asked my grandma why. She explained that when he was a boy in the 30s his brother would always eat peas straight from the can and people warned him that it would make him sick. One day at school his teacher disciplined him by hitting him in the head with a book. This apparently cause unnoticed bleeding or damage to his head which lead to him dying a few days later.

                                                                                                          I guess canned peas always reminded my grandpa of this and of his brother so he never ate them (still doesn't and he's in his 80s).

                                                                                                          Personally, the only thing I buy canned is tomatoes for cooking and beans, which I always rinse. I can't think of anything I've ever eaten from the can but never for a particular reason. Jars though... oh, I can eat an entire jar of pickled beets if I don't pace myself!

                                                                                                          1. Sardines, tuna and chick peas.

                                                                                                            1. sardines, anchovies, herring, tuna packed in oil
                                                                                                              garbanzo beans, dark red kidney beans
                                                                                                              Kramers Krautboy Sauer Kraut
                                                                                                              Bonduelle's Rode Kool met Appel (Red Cabbage with Apple)

                                                                                                              1. Tuna, Salmon, hearts of palm, green beans

                                                                                                                1. Hearts of Palm. In fact, I probably don't use them for anything else, except sometimes in a salad. I bought a 2-pack (jarred) from Costco and almost ate half a jar the other night, they were so good. I can't remember the brand name but they were much better than the canned one I usually buy.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: rednails

                                                                                                                    i believe the brand is Roland, and they're a great deal!

                                                                                                                    1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                      Could be...probably. And yes, they were a great deal. I would have bought a second 2-pack but not enough storage space.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                        Nope, not Roland. It's SunPix, and much better than Roland.

                                                                                                                    2. ok, today: tuttorroso whole plum tomatoes in tomato juice: i opened the can, and was compelled to drink the tomato juice. it was very satisfying. http://www.redgold.com/tuttorosso/pro...

                                                                                                                      btw, half price at harris teeter this week.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                        I do that too, and/or scarf up a few of the maters. Love the slippery slickness.

                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                          Slurping the juice of canned tomatoes is part of the ritual winter prep of the BLT sandwich. I drain the can over the bamboo/brass strainer, open the tomatoes to massage the liquidy and seedy components, to provide a meaty tomato that goes great on the BLT.

                                                                                                                          The juice below is lifted to the mouth as the nectar of the Tomato Gods.

                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                                                            Pipe down, FF, before someone confesses to snarfing a pinch of your delicious dough after cracking a can open! ;) On a more serious note, I like this idea of the winter BLT, so thank you.

                                                                                                                            1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                                                              i was wondering how a winter BLT would be with a canned plum tomato, split and roasted? because you sure can't BUY any decent tomato, unless you're in a tomato growing state like florida right now -- and even there, it's been cold.

                                                                                                                              i'm heading down in a week, and i'll taunt you with fresh tomato reports! ;-).

                                                                                                                              but look here, the tomato reports are not good: http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/20...
                                                                                                                              that news piece is from tampa bay, and those reports are more about the big commercial crops typically picked for shipping. i hope the situation is better a little further south, in fort myers.

                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                Split and roasted sounds even better. I will report back if I'm able to snag some jalapeno bacon from my favorite diner to make it so...that'd be one heavenly BLT! Course, dammit, I'm outta Duke's. :(

                                                                                                                              2. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                                                                I would never have thought to use canned tomatoes in a BLT - brilliant! (I had disdained Luigi Vitelli tomatoes for some reason - didn't like the label, basically - until I saw they were grown in Canada! - I'm from southwestern Ontario, tomato country - producer of the best field tomatoes I've ever eaten. They're very good!)

                                                                                                                            2. Add me to the chickpeas camp. Also:
                                                                                                                              Veggie baked beans
                                                                                                                              Veggie chili
                                                                                                                              Hearts of palm
                                                                                                                              Artichoke hearts
                                                                                                                              Water chestnuts
                                                                                                                              Okra
                                                                                                                              Baby corn
                                                                                                                              Palak paneer (yes, you can buy it in a can)

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                                                                                                                              1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                Artichoke hearts do not stand a chance in my home. When I make pasta salad I have to buy an extra can or bottle if I'm using marinated just for "picking."

                                                                                                                                1. re: shanagain

                                                                                                                                  Me too! Same for hearts of palm -- if I need them for a recipe, I buy twice as much as I need.

                                                                                                                              2. as long as i'm in possession of a spoon and the ability to swallow, no jar of nut butter is safe in my presence.

                                                                                                                                i don't buy many canned foods, but there are a few other things i do eat straight from the can or jar:
                                                                                                                                - sardines
                                                                                                                                - salmon
                                                                                                                                - tuna
                                                                                                                                - hearts of palm
                                                                                                                                - pickled okra
                                                                                                                                - kimchi

                                                                                                                                i don't eat beans straight from the can because i rinse them before eating. but once they're rinsed, i'll eat them straight from the colander...with my fingers, of course :)

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                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                  I love canned salmon, but it has to be divested of the skin and bones for me to enjoy it. Wouldn't want just to get my fork in there and go at it.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                    you can buy skinless & boneless canned salmon these days. i prefer the stuff with bones for the nutrients, but it's not the only option anymore.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                      Must look more closely at the cans next time! Thanks for pointing it out.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                    I'd forgotten tuna - I used to love it with a little lemon and salt.

                                                                                                                                  3. Chilled canned fruit - especially mandarin oranges and jackfruit

                                                                                                                                    Maraschino cherries - and I am still fond of the childhood girl next door's specialite┬┤:
                                                                                                                                    OJ flavored with a few tsps of the juice from the maraschino jar. Virgin Tequila Sunrise, though this was ages before we'd heard of such a thing.

                                                                                                                                    My mother liked canned asparagus and I did too until, as an adult, I first tasted fresh. I had a can left from when Mom lived with me. When I opened it, one of my Siamese came flying in from another room and stuck his head in the can, siphoning the juice. (He was an intact male show cat and I suspect there is a urea compound that attracted him.) Thereafter, if there was a marked down dented can, I bought it for him. He wouldn't eat the asparagus itself, and none of the others was interested in either, so I ate a lot of canned stalks.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                      ah, the venerable maraschino cherry juice....part and parcel of the lovely "shirley temple" steak house offering for pre-pubescents.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                        Maybe tied in with what asparagus does to your pee later, I wonder? Cats are completely weird. Canned asparagus is nice cold with vinaigrette, once in a while.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                          canned asparagus is eaten by delicately pulling it up out of the can (grasping gently under the head), letting it drip drain over the can, then -- holding it vertically -- tilting your head back and letting the asparagus sort of settle down on to the tongue. then...smush on the palate, then chew (for all of *that* needed!).

                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                            My imagery on this one is somewhere between a sword swallower and a seal catching a fish. I would like to watch.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: huckfinn

                                                                                                                                              more like the sword swallower, until the gulping part, which IS in fact akin to the seal swallowing a fish! http://www.swbg-animals.org/animal-in...
                                                                                                                                              (harbor seal pup, btw).

                                                                                                                                              well done, huckfinn!

                                                                                                                                        2. No heating, no utensils, do not pass go, do not bother to flip the can over into a dish?
                                                                                                                                          BLACK OLIVES.
                                                                                                                                          That's pretty much it.
                                                                                                                                          Well, cherry pie filling too, but I use a spoon.

                                                                                                                                          Clam Chowder alka? Really??!?

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                                                                                                                                          1. Hot Dogs
                                                                                                                                            Chickpeas
                                                                                                                                            Mushrooms
                                                                                                                                            Pie Filling
                                                                                                                                            I've even been known to suck on Ziti or Rotini (like hard candy made from wheat!)

                                                                                                                                            1. Vienna Sausage
                                                                                                                                              Spam
                                                                                                                                              Kim chi
                                                                                                                                              Pickled Maui Onions
                                                                                                                                              actually anything.....