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Participate in Canned Food Month this February!

February is the month to focus on a pantry staple that often goes unnoticed – canned food! Welcome to Canned Food Month, a time to explore the versatility, convenience, and sustainability of these useful items that line our shelves and can be helpful when fresh produce is scarce or time is tight.

Beyond its convenience and versatility in the kitchen, canned food can also be a green choice that contributes positively to our environment. See our past post on using pantry staples for meal planning ideas!

Today on the blog we’re exploring a brief history of canned food, how to use it, and why canned food deserves a place in your eco-conscious lifestyle!

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The History of Canned Food

Before we dive into the reasons why canned food deserves its own month of recognition, let’s take a brief journey into its fascinating history. Canning, as a preservation method, dates back to the late 18th century when French chef Nicolas Appert invented a technique to seal food in glass jars. This paved the way for the birth of the modern-day canned food industry, offering a solution to food spoilage and ensuring a longer shelf life for various goods.

Why canned food?

Versatility in the kitchen

One of the greatest advantages of canned food lies in its versatility. From canned vegetables and fruits to soups, stews, and proteins like tuna and beans, the possibilities are endless. February is the perfect time to experiment with incorporating canned ingredients into your favorite recipes. Try adding canned tomatoes to your pasta sauce, beans to your salads, or canned fruit to your morning yogurt.

Convenience for busy lifestyles

In our fast-paced world, convenience is key, and canned food delivers just that. Whether you’re a college student with limited kitchen access, a busy professional juggling work and family responsibilities, or someone simply looking for a quick and easy meal solution, canned food can offer a time-saving alternative without compromising on nutrition.

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Sustainability and food security

Canned food also plays a crucial role in promoting sustainability and addressing food security issues. The canning process helps reduce food waste by extending the shelf life of perishable items. Additionally, canned food is easily transportable and non-perishable, making it an essential component in disaster relief efforts and for communities facing food shortages or a lack of fresh produce.


Canned food offers a budget-friendly solution for households aiming to balance nutrition and affordability. With a longer shelf life and reduced food waste, canned goods provide a cost-effective way to incorporate essential ingredients into meals. The versatility and convenience of canned items contribute to a well-managed food budget, offering a range of options for creating wholesome and economical dishes with minimal compromise on taste or nutritional value.

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Things to keep in mind when shopping for canned goods

Make sure to read the labels as sometimes canned items can have undesirable amounts of BPA, as well as salt and sugar or other preservatives. Ensure you find products that are healthy and right for you!

Purchase cans that are not dented, rusty, or bulging to ensure the integrity of the contents.

Ways to mark Canned Food Month

  1. Complete a pantry challenge: Challenge yourself and your friends to create unique and delicious recipes using up items from your pantry, including canned goods.
  2. Donate to Local Food Banks: Use this month as an opportunity to give back to your community by donating canned goods to local food banks or shelters.
  3. Educate Others: Spread awareness about the benefits of canned food by sharing interesting facts, recipes, and sustainability tips with your friends and family.

Whether you’re a culinary enthusiast experimenting in the kitchen or someone looking for quick and nutritious meal options, Canned Food Month is an opportunity to make use of canned items on hand or try out a new item or two. Also, as we strive to make conscious choices for the well-being of our planet, consider canned food as a delicious and eco-friendly option that not only enhances our meals but also contributes to a more sustainable future.

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