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Can canned food ever be gourmet food?

Canned food: we know, it sounds unappetizing.

Half – make that most – of the time someone mumbles the words, the image that often appears in our mind is yucky, cold, slimy food.

Today, however, we are changed men and are here to tell you, that even canned food can be made gourmet – and even healthy and cost-saving. Think about an endless variety of canned beans, canned veggies, and canned fish like tuna and sardines. All these things can be made into a delicious, wholesome meal.

[Featured image credit: Unsplash/Eiliv-Sonas Aceron; hero image credit: Unsplash/Austin Kehmeier]

Quality-wise, canned foods like veggies and fruits are much like frozen food; they were harvested and preserved at their ripest slash finest states. So in this case, they come packed with flavours and sufficient nutrients. Of course, it also depends on the brands you purchase.

But enough with our preach for canned beans. To make you join our cook-with-canned-food squad, we’ve curated a list of tutorial videos showcasing delicious recipes crafted out mainly of canned foods. These gourmands will show you how easy and effective it is to cook with preserved products. Who knows? Given the imposing lockdown and social distancing right now, it might just come in handy.

A Can-Do Attitude (Get it?)

Canned food, according to Tastemade, is sustainable, nutritious, shelf-stable, and most importantly, can be made delicious and innovative. This video includes scrumptious recipes, including tuna melt open-faced sandwich, a guac-slapped burger with canned salmon patty, and chickpea lettuce wrap.

Easy Meals Made With What You Have

Joshua Weissman to the foodie Instagram community is a cooking wizard. The man is an inspirational figure when it comes to from-scratch cooking and teaching. The 21-year-old cookbook author, chef, food blogger, and photographer is here to walk you through his easy yet toothsome meals you can make from canned food along with ideas of how to make the most out of your pantry staples like rice, flour, and potatoes.

Simple Canned Food Recipes

“Never underestimate the power of food in a metal tin,” says Jen Phanomrat. Her 2-minute cooking tutorial shows you some of her best dishes made with canned food. The appearance of her sardine avocado toast alone looks divine and convincingly looks like it’s packed full of flavours.

Easy Bean Salads

Let’s talk beans. The Domestic Geek is here to showcase her bean-focused salad recipes like mango black bean and tuscan white bean salad, that are both healthy, hearty, and scrumptious.

Healthy Black Bean Soup

When talking about cooking videos, it’s nearly impossible to forget the great big name, Jamie Oliver. His succulent take on Costa Rica bean soup will transport you to the coastline of this Central American country, made simply by using canned black beans and fresh herbs you probably already have laying around in the fridge. Its velvety, dark, luscious look and texture will make you drool. Consider this a warning.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.
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