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Most bizarre canned food item you have encountered

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.

            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: 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. :)

                          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.