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Feb 18, 2012 12:28 AM

Outstanding canned foods from the U.S.?

Other countries (Spain, for example) have some wonderful, even some extraordinary, canned foods. Are there any canned foods made in the U.S.A. that you think are really wonderful and that you couldn't get along without? I'm having a hard time thinking of any!

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  1. When I'm in China I miss Chef Boyardee ravioli, Spaghettios, Dinty Moore beef stew and Wolf Chili. These may not fit the definition of "outstanding" however. I also really miss chipotles in adobo. The run-of-the-mill canned tuna here is much better than in the US though; I'm guessing it's because they are fishing unsustainable species to make it.

    1. ROTEL!!! I bring back loads of it every time I go to the states. Can't get enough of it and there is nothing close to it in Canada.

      1. Fishing Vessel St. Jude is the canned Albacore I think good enough for Salade Niçoise. It's packed in Washington State. Then there's canned razor clams from the Bell Buoy in Seaside, Oregon. It's the only practical way to get PNW razors out of the area.

        1. Libby's canned pumpkin, for pies. It's difficult to get a consistently good result from fresh pumpkin, because the most commonly available pumpkins are not suitable for pies. Even if the proper type of pumpkin is available, it is a lot of unnecessary work to prepare it for a pie.

          Libby's pumpkins are grown specifically for their canned pumpkin, so the product is consistent. I've made pies from fresh pumpkin, but it's never any better than with Libby's.

          1. SPAM®

            Sure, it's available worldwide, but it's made in the good old U.S. of A. (most of them anyways).