March 18, 2020
Small Cans, Big Potential
Article-How-to-Use-Canned-Mango-Can-Recipe-Pantry-Cooking

Here’s how canned ingredients are making us better cooks.

When you hear the words “stocking up,” what do you think of? Probably a few chunky cans of those great utility legumes of the grocery store: black beans and chickpeas. Maybe a short stack of oblong tins of anchovies, sardines, or fried dace in black bean sauce. Definitely some gigantic cans of whole peeled tomatoes—and maybe, if you’re lucky, some canned cherry tomatoes to boot. If you’re really planning ahead, possibly a couple cans of sweetened condensed milk.

Even when we’re stocking up out of bleak necessity (as many of us have been doing these last few weeks), canned foods can be a source of optimism, inspiration, and sweetness in the kitchen. The 200-year-old technology of canning is responsible for tres leches cake, spaghetti sauce, and one of America’s favorite sandwiches. We even published an entire special issue on the subject.

Canning is the reason that a mango grown seven thousand miles away can travel across the world in a can and into your kitchen. It’s the marvel of engineering that has brought us the concept of the whole, shelf-stable chicken. Here are a few of our favorite stories and recipes about often-overlooked canned ingredients, in all of their compact, long-lasting potential. —Anna Hezel

The Fake Rolex of Canned Foods

feature

The Fake Rolex of Canned Foods

San Marzano tomatoes are prized for their balanced flavor and distinct tomato-iness. Yet as home cooks become more and more enchanted with the Italian variety, questions arise over what exactly is in that can with the San Marzano label.

15 Flavors of Spam and Counting

feature

15 Flavors of Spam and Counting

Since its rise to popularity during World War II, Spam has come a long way. We took a closer look at some of the canned meat’s offshoots, from Spam Chorizo to Spam Oven Roasted Turkey.

A Tiny Can Full of Smoke

feature

A Tiny Can Full of Smoke

Canned chipotles are an extremely dependable grocery-store staple, and the smoked peppers are going to change the way you think about veggie burgers.

[email_signup id="3"]
[email_signup id="3"]