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This photo as posted by Gastronomos got me thinking about this...what is the most ridiculous canned food item you have seen.

http://www.chow.com/photos/991835

Personally I have this can of "Canned Corn on the Cob" from a vacation I spent in Aruba at least 10 years ago. While in the local shopping center I'm going down isle when I spotted this. To me it was such a bizarre item to have in the canned section I couldn't help but buy a can, which is now on display in my office. (lol ok I have a strange sense of humor).

So what about the rest of you.....what are some of the more bizarre or strange foods you have seen in the can?

 
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  1. I bought a few fairly large cans of "whole chicken" for emergencies at my Colorado mountain house. I never had an emergency, and I don't know what a whole chicken in a can would look like.

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    1. re: Veggo

      Well if you have a few can't you open one up and share with us? Was this for a true emergency or are you really one of those doomsday hoarders? Colorado, a good place to escape a nuclear fall out or a zombie apocalypse?

      1. re: jrvedivici

        To the credit of Cuchara and Huerfano County, I was never snowed in for more than 3 days. They cleared my private road with front end loaders, once of 4 feet of snow. No doomsday hoarding, just pure beauty. The canned chickens are still peacefully roosting in a cabinet.
        The biggest risk is summer forest fires.

      2. re: Veggo

        Now you do...

         
        1. re: JMF

          I officially regret creating this thread. OMG.........

          1. re: jrvedivici

            That gagged me!

            1. re: jeanmarieok

              It's....it's the color of it. I might be able to get over the slime if I could unsee that color.....

              1. re: pinehurst

                I took a second look at it to see the color and now I am wondering: is this chicken precooked or raw? I was assuming the whole time is was precooked but it looks raw in the photo.

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  It is cooked in the can. Esentially poached in the can.

                  1. re: suzigirl

                    How do you know this?

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      jrvedivici, please see earlier posts. Suzigirl has actually used this product (in her childhood, under duress) and she made something tasty from it. I'll bet the competitors on Chopped wished for her depth of culinary resourcefulness during the episode when "chicken in a can" was a main dish ingredient. Tip of my hat to Suzigirl, I'd happily buy her a drink if given the opportunity.

                      1. re: MrsPatmore

                        Aww. Aren't you sweet. Vodka and club soda with lime please. I would gladly take you up on that drink

                        1. re: MrsPatmore

                          Sorry I must have missed that, I see where she had the canned Pork Brains but not this. God Bless suzigirl and her constitution to canned foods.

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            If you had my mothers cooking you would understand my ability to have such a strong constitution.

                            1. re: jrvedivici

                              G*d bless her, period. :) suzigirl's a true CH, IMO. :)

                              1. re: mamachef

                                Aww. Thanks, I try.

                          2. re: jrvedivici

                            It is first steamed and then pressure cooked. They would have to do that in the can to keep them whole or the little buggers would just fall apart.

                            1. re: suzigirl

                              Every thing is cooked after it is put in the can. The cans are put in a large pressure chamber. Some sort of cooking before hand is common.

                              As a kid I got a tour of a tuna cannery. If I recall correctly the fish were roasted whole, broken into pieces and placed in the cans. The cans were then sealed, and pressure cooked, and finally labeled.

                            2. re: jrvedivici

                              Here are a couple of curious ones...

                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                              1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                "Too much pep in your step? Is your Life just straight up too good? Introducing Deepresso! Guaranteed to add social anxiety, shame, and hopelessness in minutes! Grab a can and crawl in a dark corner today!"

                                1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                  Brings new meaning to "I wouldn't even feed this crap to my CAT."

                    2. re: JMF

                      Gross. I'm pleased that I didn't suffer through the experience.
                      Someone will on a bad day when nothing has gone right.

                      1. re: JMF

                        Oh wow. And it's covered with slimy jellified fat?

                        1. re: JMF

                          Wow, I have a high threshold for gross but that meets it.

                          1. re: JMF

                            It looks like the bastard child of a chicken and Spam. I'd eat it.

                            1. re: ricepad

                              You my friend have issues! lol (joke)

                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                Nah...just willing to try just about anything. Could it be worse than a JITB taco? I don't think so....!

                                1. re: ricepad

                                  I wish I could tell you, Jack in The Box exited NJ when I was a child I only have a vague memory of them. Anyone know why they left the Jersey Market and never returned?

                                  1. re: ricepad

                                    lots of things are worse than a jitb taco. some of them are even expensive. caviar and pate come to mind initially.

                              2. re: JMF

                                JMF... You really shouldn't have. There are some things in life you DON'T need to see!!! ;)

                                1. re: JMF

                                  I would so make chicken and noodles with this. I would so NOT heat it up and put it on a platter! This is chicken that needs to be "chicken", the meat, not A chicken. This is no longer a meat animal, but an ingredient. On that level I have no problem - it's like canned salmon.

                                  1. re: JMF

                                    Now I want to stick hatpins in my eyeballs and and get a lobotomy so that I will never ever have to think about this again.

                                    1. re: JMF

                                      Oh that poor bird! How undignified. He could have been beautifully roasted if only someone hadn't stuffed him into a can.

                                    2. re: Veggo

                                      Time to revive an old thread?
                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/310129
                                      World's Worst Products - Canned whole chicken

                                      1. re: Veggo

                                        I worked at a grocery store that carried whole canned chicken. We opened one for fun one night. It made a slurping noise and then a pop as it slid out of the can.

                                        1. re: mistevea

                                          Those resemble bathroom sounds.

                                          1. re: Veggo

                                            "As it slid out of the can"

                                            Veggo thanks sooooooo much for that visual. Uggggghhhh

                                        2. re: Veggo

                                          Your whole canned chicken reminds me of a MASH episode where Charles and Margaret eat a canned pheasant. As I recall they got violently ill.

                                          I would buy a canned whole chicken if I saw one in the store. I think I'll keep my eye out for one.

                                        3. Pork Brains in Milk Gravy. Crazy high in cholesterol. I used to see this in grocery stores when I lived in Georgia and Florida.

                                           
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                                          1. re: JMF

                                            Ugggghhh just reading that made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

                                            1. re: JMF

                                              You never see it where I live anymore. My mom gets it from Georgia and brings me some. So bad yet so good.

                                              1. re: JMF

                                                That was going to be my entry. We encountered that in the neighborhood A&P store when we moved down from central Illinois to Evansville, Indiana in 1959. I will never forget the look on my mom's face: where HAVE I brought us to??

                                              2. I have a can of Haggis is my pantry. It's along running joke around here.

                                                And while not canned I did pick up a tin of "spice" while in Barbados. Yellow tin, black writing, no other description. It was basically all spice but I loved it as it reminded my the generic craze. I also picked up "nerve medicine" on the same trip and kept that on my desk for the longest time.

                                                1. Somewhere in my attic I have a few cans of fried baby bees and fried grasshoppers.

                                                  1. A PR company sent me a four pack of PB&J Candwiches the other day.

                                                     
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                                                    1. re: JMF

                                                      I shared this on my Facebook page and although disgusted, inquiring minds want to know... how is it? Take one for the team here, JMF!

                                                      1. re: Chris VR

                                                        I'm waiting for the 1000 tablet Pepcid-AC value pack to go on sale before I try them. It will have to be soon, they have an Oct. 2013 expiration date. Maybe I can get my teen age nieces and nephew to try them. Yeah, that's the ticket!

                                                        1. re: JMF

                                                          It expires 2 months from now? That seems to defeat the purpose of food in a can!

                                                          1. re: Chris VR

                                                            Yeah, I wonder if they sent them out to industry folks and writers to get them gone before they go bad. But, from what I have read online, they are bad already without expiring.

                                                    2. Spotted dick.

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                                                      1. re: sal_acid

                                                        Funniest name, but far from a bizarre item.

                                                        1. re: sal_acid

                                                          Heinz sell a range of tinned steamed puddings here in the UK, including Spotted Dick of course. The strawberry jam one is my favourite. Served with Birds Custard, of course.

                                                          1. re: sal_acid

                                                            Yes, our Wegmans has a Brit section and I couldn't decide if I should laugh or hurl when I first saw Spotted Dick on the shelf. Sounds like it should be packaged with a side of penicillin.

                                                            1. re: sal_acid

                                                              I bought a can of that as well just for the entertainment value.

                                                              1. re: sal_acid

                                                                .

                                                              2. The can of Spotted Dick from the Jamaican store is an easy one.

                                                                Canned Bird's Nest Soup, Shark's Fin Soup, and canned whale in whale oil could all be had at the downtown Kaufmann's Department store in Pittsburgh during the 60's and 70's.

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                                                                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                  I had canned beaver and hippo from a gourmet market in the seventies

                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                    Was this a beaver and hippo combo, or individual cans?
                                                                    Question #2: why?
                                                                    :P

                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                      Individual cans. And my dad was a budding foodie in the seventies and once in a while he splurged on something weird and we could try it if we wanted to. That's how I came to love pork brains, limberger cheeses, liverwurst etc. And to find out that smoked octopus tenticles taste like bacon erasers. Umm, pass.

                                                                  2. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                    Jamaica is also responsible for the Cock Flavored Soup Mix envelopes found in many a Florida Publix. Yeah, probably not really different than Lipton dried chicken noodle, but I still snicker when I see it in the ethnic foods aisle.

                                                                    1. re: beachmouse

                                                                      That is just chicken soup. Cock=chicken.
                                                                      It's delicious. Use it as a base to add to your own soup. The most popular version has MSG, though, fyi.

                                                                      Yum!

                                                                      1. re: t19103

                                                                        I'm guessing cock=rooster?

                                                                  3. There are a lot of canned and jarred items that are weird once you think about it. Canned clams? Canned smoked oysters. Jarred jellied pigs feet? Canned fried dace? That's a really weird one. Sure canned fish is only slightly weird, but to deep fry a fish until it is all dried out all the way through, then can it? Tasty served over rice, although a bit salty. Especially tasty are the ones with black beans or preserved vegetables.

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                                                                    1. re: JMF

                                                                      I requested a can of abalone from a well known company, but when it arrived it stated "Abalone Type Fish". Still on my shelf, unopened. Maybe someday.

                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                        A lot of conch gets canned as ersatz abalone.

                                                                        1. re: ricepad

                                                                          Good to know. Maybe I'll use it come this Christmas.

                                                                          1. re: coll

                                                                            Conch is supposed to be an aphrodisiac. Let me know if it works!

                                                                            1. re: Kalivs

                                                                              So are oysters. My brother once said he "ate a half a dozen raw oysters, but only three worked."

                                                                              1. re: Kalivs

                                                                                Conch I've been eating for years, haven't noticed any upticks.

                                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                                  Rejoice. At least it has stopped the impending downticks.

                                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                                    I hate to suggest it, but maybe you've been riding the wave of upticks all along!

                                                                                    1. re: ricepad

                                                                                      True, I am a bit spoiled I guess.

                                                                              2. re: ricepad

                                                                                could also be geoduck

                                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                  I wish they said, but I guess I could be adventurous and add it to my mixed seafood salad sometime this holiday season.

                                                                          2. Faggots And Peas.

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                                                                            1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                              I regularly see fresh or frozen faggots, but never in a can.

                                                                              In my part of the world, we call them savoury ducks, not faggots. Even though there's no duck in them. Which is just as well as the most popular frozen faggots are Brains, even though there's no brains in them.

                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                Sure sounds brainless to me!

                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ItF0C...
                                                                                  "Mr Brain's Faggots, a great meal all around"

                                                                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y136z...
                                                                                  "Brain's Faggots so tasty you wished you had tried them years ago"

                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                    In British English, the word "faggot" only means this meaty delicacy. It has no other connotations. We have more than enough unpleasantries of our own in that respect without importing a word from another country

                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                      Didn't faggot mean cigarette too? I'm basing this on my vague memories of the days of the Beatles.

                                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                                        I thought that term was fag.

                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                          Yep, it's fag. No idea of the origin of the word - unless it's an abbreviation of the old use of "faggot" for a piece of wood for burning.

                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                            Thanks John. That is the same thing I have assumed since I became familiar with the term in my teens.

                                                                                2. Canned catfish in chili sauce. Found in my own cabinet and brought from Thailand by a friend that visited a few months ago.
                                                                                  It's, um, interesting...

                                                                                   
                                                                                  1. http://foodnetworkhumor.com/2009/06/u...
                                                                                    45 pics of unusual canned foods

                                                                                    In a book on Mexican-American food history, I saw references to canned tortillas. Apparently they were common in 'taco' kits in pre-TacoBell days. I haven't seen a description or photo, but I'm guessing it was a stack of soft corn tortillas rolled up inside a tallish can. Chipped dried beef is still sold in jars like that.

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                                                                                    1. re: paulj

                                                                                      "http://foodnetworkhumor.com/2009/06/u...
                                                                                      45 pics of unusual canned foods"

                                                                                      Seeing the scungilli in a can from that web site made me realize that although foreign to many of us, I'm sure many of these canned products are "normal" in many households around the world. Coming from an Italian-American family, scungilli in a can is not such "bizarre" or "unusual" item.

                                                                                       
                                                                                      1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                        Sliced conch? I would like some.

                                                                                        1. re: Veggo

                                                                                          Come to NY, we have it in abundance.....in cans! We can get calamari frozen by the lb, but this is the only easy, small amount way to get scungilli that I know.

                                                                                          1. re: coll

                                                                                            Scungilli is any number of large sea snails or whelks, but the queen conch I favor is distinctive to the Caribbean. The only conch farm in the world is in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, and sells 5 lb. frozen boxes to a range of U.S. restaurants and fish markets, about $65. Harvesting queen conch in Florida is a hangin' offense. Fresh is available in Belize, the Yucatan including Cozumel, the Bahamas, and T&C.

                                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                                              I know the good stuff comes in tubs, but hard to come by in these parts of the country.

                                                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                                                I'm in an area where it is possible to buy fresh conch by the pound, but for some dishes, we prefer the canned scungilli. Ironically, the canned stuff is hard to find here.

                                                                                                1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                  Where do you buy fresh conch?

                                                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                    Florida. In guessing it's farm-raised in the islands somewhere - pricey, too. Usually $30/lb or more (and you still have to clean and pound it). And as has been mentioned, it's also available in five pound, frozen blocks. The blocks sell for between $50 and $75.

                                                                                        2. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                          Oh yeah. They sell it in Shop Rite. I think it's up to $16.99 for the can now. We used to make scungilli salad for our Seven Fishes feast but now none of the younger generation will eat it so we gave it up. It is so sad when traditions are lost.

                                                                                          1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                            Last I looked it was $12.99 at my place. Better stock up now for Christmas! Luckily my family on both sides loves scungilli/calamari salad. Especially if I throw a few shrimp in there too.

                                                                                            1. re: coll

                                                                                              Can I come over for Christmas Eve?

                                                                                              1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                No prob. It's a once a year extraganza!

                                                                                        3. re: paulj

                                                                                          No, the can was short and squat with the tortillas lying flat inside.

                                                                                          1. re: paulj

                                                                                            I saw canned tortillas in Wales in 1980. My Welsh friend didn't know what was so funny. She thought Americans were weird for baking cakes by color rather than flavor (white and yellow cake mixes).

                                                                                            1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                              Americans bake cakes by colour???

                                                                                              Yep, I'm with the Welsh friend on the weird.

                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                add that the color has no flavor and then the weird factor rises exponentially

                                                                                                1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                  If you are baking from scratch, the color does have flavor. A yellow cake which uses the yolks as well as the egg whites has a decidely different taste from a white cake that uses only egg whites.

                                                                                                2. re: Harters

                                                                                                  only for white and yellow cake mixes, not for any others

                                                                                            2. for several years (and a couple of moves) we had a mysterious looking black label can of "chilled jelly fungus" on our shelves.

                                                                                              In my car i have a can of pineapple Spam that i bought years ago.

                                                                                              1. Canned "vegetarian" korean tuna fish (?)--A resident in college gave it to me; she was a transfer from Korea and knew I was a vegetarian.

                                                                                                1. Not so bizarre in Mexico but I've had a can of huitlacoche in my pantry for years. It's a fungus (smut) that grows on corn. Considered a delicacy in Mexico where they equate it with truffles.

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                                                                                                  1. re: mike0989

                                                                                                    I always have canned huitlacoche for when I can't get fresh frozen from my huitlacoche man in April and October.

                                                                                                  2. yep. sure. it is.

                                                                                                     
                                                                                                     
                                                                                                     
                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                    1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                      http://www.snopes.com/photos/food/fis...

                                                                                                       
                                                                                                      1. re: paulj

                                                                                                        Manhattan style - but it doesn't distinguish between East River and Hudson River AH's....

                                                                                                        1. re: paulj

                                                                                                          Also curious what Manhattan style is, as opposed to other styles?

                                                                                                          1. re: coll

                                                                                                            If another style is Rhode Island, like chowder, probably they have been to prison, and may in fact be more tender for the experience.

                                                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                              Yes you may be right!

                                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                Not more tender, just larger.

                                                                                                            2. re: paulj

                                                                                                              No way you can just drop a picture like this and not give any explanation. C'mon........

                                                                                                            3. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                              Don't think there's anything particularly bizarre about reindeer pate. I think you can buy it in IKEA.

                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                yes. very true. it bothers me only because the label states, "farm raised relative of Rudolph."

                                                                                                                as a conservationist, I find this the wrong way to label a product.

                                                                                                              2. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                I have the Possum and Buzzard Gizzards. A local restaurant has a big shelf full of these things. Next time I'm there, I'm taking a pic. I actually have canned roadkill. It's canned in a mason jar not a can but it is actually roadkill- venison a friend hit on the highway. He harvests what's edible and processes it for the local food bank (works for the county). My jar is kind of pickled sausage flavor, I'm told.

                                                                                                                1. re: PandaCat

                                                                                                                  What state is that where road kill can be processed and used in a food bank? No state I know allows that.

                                                                                                              3. Not rare but totally bizarre to me the first time I saw it:

                                                                                                                Libby's Potted Meat Food Product

                                                                                                                Hell, I'll eat fake "cheese product" and "ice cream product" that don't meet the milk-fat requirements. But not meeting the requirements to be labeled "food"?!

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                                                                                                                1. re: seamunky

                                                                                                                  That would describe Velveeta and American cheese. Pasteurized processed cheese food product.

                                                                                                                  1. re: seamunky

                                                                                                                    I remember "Potted Meat Food Product" in the short-lived generic shelf section of the late 70s (the black and white labels). Upon reading the first two ingredients - beef lips and pork snouts - I had to give one as a stocking stuffer to my vegetarian brother on Christmas.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Chefpaulo

                                                                                                                      I try not to eat things that feel obliged to identify themselves as "food product"...like you might have doubts.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                                        I have used Underwood Deviled Ham (and related products) when traveling. A small can is the right size for lunch time sandwiches for 2-3 people.

                                                                                                                        http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&...

                                                                                                                        1. re: paulj

                                                                                                                          Dang, I loved Underwood deviled ham when I was a kid. We took it on trips to Mexico with us in the VW. Had forgotten all about till your post, paulj.

                                                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                            I used to like their chicken spread as a kid. Well, I probably still would like it; I just don't buy it anymore. Their ingredient list seems pretty harmless.

                                                                                                                            Underwood Deviled Ham spread: Ham (cured with water, salt, brown sugar, sodium nitrite) and seasoning (mustard flour, spices, turmeric).

                                                                                                                            Potted Meat Food Product (by brand):

                                                                                                                            Armour Star: Mechanically separated chicken, beef tripe, water, salt, and less than 2%: mustard, natural flavor, garlic powder, vinegar, dextrose, sodium erythorbate, and sodium nitrite.

                                                                                                                            Hormel: Beef tripe, mechanically separated chicken, beef hearts, partially defatted cooked beef fatty tissue, meat broth, vinegar, salt, flavoring, sugar, and sodium nitrite.

                                                                                                                            Libby's: Mechanically separated chicken, pork skin, partially defatted cooked pork fatty tissue, partially defatted cooked beef fatty tissue, vinegar, less than 2% of: salt, spices, sugar, flavorings, sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite.

                                                                                                                  2. A whole chicken in a can. Not even joking.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: shmyr

                                                                                                                      Grab your barf bag and view JMF's photo above of a can giving birth to a whole chicken, complete with chicken placenta.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                        And I thought that pictures were disgusting *before* I read your well-phrased description.

                                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                          Agreed. The pictures and the discription are disgusting. But the chicken isn't bad at all. Really(I am outing myself). My mom worked at a grocery store when i was a kid and she was a lousy cook. She bought it often.The canned chicken is no different than a boiled chicken in broth. It makes good chicken and dumplings if you bulk up the broth and add veggies and of course, dumplings. I haven't had it since I was a kid but it was way better than moms cooking. Even if you had to seperate the skin and rubbery bones.

                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                            I have a whole new level of respect for Suzigirl . . . to make something tasty from "chicken in a can". Well done, I say. BTW does anyone else remember the Chopped episode where "chicken in a can" was a main course ingredient?

                                                                                                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                              Yes, ma'am . I saw that episode and thought, I know that one. It's Sweet Sue, my namesake.

                                                                                                                    2. I was looking for pics of canned balut (fertilized duck or chicken eggs which some folks eat) and found these:

                                                                                                                      http://foodnetworkhumor.com/img/canne...

                                                                                                                      http://www.suckered.us/images/Curious...
                                                                                                                      Yuck!

                                                                                                                      So I only found them in a jar, does it count?
                                                                                                                      http://www.suckered.us/images/Curious...

                                                                                                                      1. Encountered but refuse to try, top this one!

                                                                                                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOcSU3...

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                                                                                                                        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                                                                                          Pretty funny stuff.....I'll stick to the red candy swedish fish!

                                                                                                                        2. I once encountered a can of deer penis soup at a supermarket in Hong Kong many moons ago.

                                                                                                                          1. I didn't buy any of these, but I encountered them in Hokkaido, Japan.

                                                                                                                            From top left- sea lion curry, spicy bear curry, mink whale curry, lamb curry (called Genghis Khan), deer curry, seal curry, and crab curry.

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                            1. Canned durian. Don't open it. Ever.

                                                                                                                              Inside lies a matte yellow, play-doh brain that is supposed to be a fruit but smells like a football locker room in the summer after two-a-days.

                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                              1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                                football locker room in the summer after two-a-days.

                                                                                                                                Wow....very distinctive description. To be honest I might want to open the can just for the memories that smell would bring me.

                                                                                                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                  Or here is a description from Wikipedia. Blech.

                                                                                                                                  "The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as pleasantly fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and revolting. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as almonds, rotten onions, turpentine, raw sewage. The persistence of its odour has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia."

                                                                                                                              2. 'Fried Ants' from Kenya. Slightly salted! Crunchy and crisp! Great for TV snacks!!

                                                                                                                                1. Surströmming

                                                                                                                                  Almost too bizarre for words and rarely encountered without Swedes or Finns in your family tree. Puts lutefiske in the shade. For an explanation:

                                                                                                                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surstr%C...

                                                                                                                                  I would list hakarl as rivaling (but not exceeding) it for unmitigated nastiness, but I can't believe anybody would put hakarl in a can. I have been told that tinned hakarl can be had in some out-of-the-way places in northern Minnesota, but I suspect that is a story made up by Garrison Keillor. Still, if tinned hakarl is available, then that makes two candidates for the title of most bizarre canned foods encountered.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: JWVideo

                                                                                                                                    Check the video 8 spaces above.

                                                                                                                                  2. Alligator (Louisiana)

                                                                                                                                    Manish Water (Jamaica)- just google it.

                                                                                                                                    1. I unearthed another can of Thai deliciousness (not) that my visitors left behind. I even took one for the team and tried it.
                                                                                                                                      We have here a green curry with tuna, complete with veggies. It promises great taste! Instead, it smelled like those vile cans of cat food, was outrageously oily, and was strongly fishy with a hint of basil. The baby eggplant things tasted like salt flavored jello balls.
                                                                                                                                      :(

                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                        Oh wretch, wretch, wretch. Your description has me queasy.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                          I shit you not, the smell that remained combined with febreze made my eyes water.
                                                                                                                                          I wasn't quite crying, but almost.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                            Oh my god. I just laughed so hard I choked.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                              Don't choke!! Then you wouldn't be able to try 'small multiple fish and spicy tomato' (I think). It promises to be faboosh!

                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                Mercy! What did these guests leave in your cupboards?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                  This is the last of my canned freak show.
                                                                                                                                                  One of the girls had never left Thailand, and was afraid of strange foods. Once she discovered all was well, she got rid of her canned stash.
                                                                                                                                                  I present to you the multiple fish, it may have been a mutant sardine or something similar in a spicy tomato puree, heavy on ginger. I had to spit it out.

                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                    Fish in tomato sauce just sounds unpleasant to me.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                      Really? The Italian cuisine has many (delicious) variations on it.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                                                                        Shellfish and tomato sauce is cool. But fish, not so much. I have tried sardines in tomato sauce. No bueno. If you have noticed from my posts on this the thread, I ain't scared. I have tried lots of stuff.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                          Agree all the way around here.
                                                                                                                                                          Y'know, maybe we could be the new Chow tasters! "These 2 women from opposite ends of the country dare to open that can and eat the crap within. What do they think?"

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                            I am in!

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                            What about something like this?

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fi...

                                                                                                                                                            Or what about something like an Italian-American ciopinno that has shellfish and pieces of whitefish or monkfish in it?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                                                                              I would try it. I am a brave eater. Fish and tomato just isn't my thing.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                Not sure why trying that Jamie Oliver dish equates with being a "brave eater" but, ok. :)

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                              Hmm, had to look into my cupboard regarding the fish in Tomato sauce. As one of the staples I always have some variations of Sardines around. Right now I am looking at a tin of Roland brand "Sardines in Tomato sauce". Sometimes I buy German brands, whatever is around in the store. ( usually at Corrado's for those living in NJ) Husband and I both like them occasionally on a good Rye bread with a touch of hot sauce or Paprika.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                              There is a major Japanese tuna canner that also sells this product. I believe it is made in Japan, but could be made by a factory of theirs in Thailand. I thought it was fairly mild tasting, but not especially great, so I wouldn't buy it again.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                I didn't see any indication that it was made in Japan, but that load of trash has already been removed. If so, my can must have been bad for some reason, because it was revolting.

                                                                                                                                            3. Picked up what I thought was a tin of honey in Matsumoto, Japan ... it turned out to be fertilised honeycomb containing bee larvae ...

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: morrismixmaster

                                                                                                                                                That must have been an interesting day you decided to open that tin. :)

                                                                                                                                              2. I haven't actually encountered this, just read about it:

                                                                                                                                                Cheeseburger In A Can

                                                                                                                                                http://www.avclub.com/articles/taste-...

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: 4X4

                                                                                                                                                  The perfect match for canned french fries.

                                                                                                                                                2. The ultimate for this subject:

                                                                                                                                                  http://lumiereincidente.skynetblogs.b...

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: therealdoctorlew

                                                                                                                                                    If the translation is right, some artist decided to can his...output?

                                                                                                                                                  2. jr, since you dedicated your post to me, and my canned hamburger, I would like to give you a gift. Please let me know where to send this:

                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                      Wow, where do you find these things? Good one.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                        I haven't seen that since my dad gave me a can as a kid.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                          Wow......thinking about this is actually making my head hurt.

                                                                                                                                                          Is this the food equivalent of the pet rock? WTF?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                                            I wonder what is the "use by" date?

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                            When I mix up a bucket of "dehydrated water" I always mix 1 can to 2 gallons of water instead of the recommended 1 to 1 ratio; I like my water diluted.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                                                                              ttoommyy.....always thinking! That's why I like you.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                                                Awww... thanks.

                                                                                                                                                          3. Roasted crickets, tarantulas and scorpions at a Thai restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.thailandunique.com/store/s...

                                                                                                                                                            1. just saw a can of "Army" brand head cheese in the polish section of the A&P. the label is camoflage green/gray. want to try it, i like deli head cheese, but i'm afraid. anyone ever have canned head cheese?

                                                                                                                                                              1. Here's one.

                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                1. Well, if it's in tomato sauce...

                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                  1. When it comes to obscene soups, I think the Chinese have the Jamaicans beat.

                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                      Apologies for the repeats- my first post didn't appear and I thought it somehow had got lost. Then it turned up later. Without any good excuse for where it had been.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Butter, from Denmark.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Another one I've never seen, but read about online:

                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/...

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: 4X4

                                                                                                                                                                          Wow . . . just imagine the meals you can make with just that and the canned chicken!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: 4X4

                                                                                                                                                                            I can't wait to get me some canned corn smut.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                              Latin Markets, Goya brand, 7 oz. can about 3-4 bucks for huitlacoche.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                But the fresh is just so, so much .......smuttier, John. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                  I like the way you think! So fresh it will slap you back!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                    I actually would try it, if it was prepared by someone who knew what they were doing, and of course if the corn smut was fresh. : )

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Roy Burns' fall crop of huitlacoche in Groveland, FL, is ready exactly now.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                        A few of us had a decent time snickering about this one last night, and between us we devised a Triple-X menu:
                                                                                                                                                                                        Cockscombs' stuffed with corn smut on a bed of dirty rice.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Yummina yummina.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Korean stores here in Michigan have canned silkworm chrysalis, yummy w/ beer ( have not tried)

                                                                                                                                                                                  here's some CH discussion:
                                                                                                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/315257

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Canned porn.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually it was canned bamboo shoots from Thailand and "porn" was part of the company name on the side of the can. Hand a can of that to any nearby teenager and watch them giggle, snicker and tweak uncontrollably.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: blackpointyboots

                                                                                                                                                                                      Teenager? I just giggled, snickered and tweaked saying to myself; Hey it's porn in the can! (I have a few porn in the "can" comments I am leaving to myself)

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. "Language In Jelly"

                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                                        Could it be tongue?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: seamunky

                                                                                                                                                                                          Probably.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. herring

                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                                                          no, No, NOOOOOO!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yahhh!!! Those teeth! I thought canned mackerel and salmon were bad, but at least they take the heads off.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. crap

                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                                                              !

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                                                                And if you don't always want it canned, there's fresh...

                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                              2. And then there's this "Tourist Canned Meat."

                                                                                                                                                                                                But is it made from real tourists?

                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Sometimes it's all a matter of thoughtful in-store displays...