Canned and packaged food Buying Guide

Canned and packaged foods are “ready to serve instantly”. Canned and packaged food is packed in containers and boards for consumption anytime and can be reused. Canned and packaged food avoids the hassle of washing, scraping or pairing and making it easy to dispose garbage, which follows the making of fresh vegetables. Since fruits, vegetables, meats and fish come in various sizes it is better to buy these according to one’s requirements. Ready-to mix cake lessen not only the time but utensils needed for mixing biscuits , muffins and cakes. Fruits and nuts in canes also come in various sizes and are handy for salads , desserts and garnishes. Condensed and powdered milk can be stored in small space and do not require freezing as fresh milk does.

Frozen and canned foods are safe to eat decades beyond their expiration date but quality may not be the same which implies it will not be delicious forever. If the frozen foods are kept at 0 degrees Fahrenheit, they will last for a long time as freezing prevents bacteria and yeast from growing. Many of the products have a “for best quality use by” date posted on the top or bottom of the can. ”Expiration dates” are generally not found on canned food. A canned food can last for at least two years from the date of processing.

The nutritional value of the packaged food is retained but these might change in color and texture. It has indefinite shelf life at moderate temperatures (75 fahrenheit and below) Canned is microbiologically safe and is edible. According to a study , It was found that the ingredients are intact in nutritional and taste value to those made with fresh or frozen items. Canned food can be heated in a container but before heating the top must be removed to prevent pressure from building up. The open utensil may be covered not tightly with aluminium foil and then it can be placed in hot water and simmered. Damage to the outside of the container not necessarily point put damage to the food.Rust or dents do not affect the food as long as they do not leak. If the can leaks, then the item should not be consumed and the canned ought to be returned to the purchasing place. Canned food and Unutilised food can be frozen after use but should be taken out of the can and placed in storage containers first to keep its flavoured preserved.

NOTE: Some containers hiss as they are vaccum packed and this noise results from air pressure which is absolutely normal. However, if the noise is loud when opened it implies that the food is spoilt. In case of canned food, salt may be added to enhance its taste. But there are various options. For those people who are sodium sensitive low-salt and no-salt products are available. But after all what’s the motive of eating packaged food, The main aim is to save cooking time and especially for working people.

Buying of canned food has to be done keeping in mind certain precautions.

  • Examine the food carefully before buying. Do not buy if the can is rusty, dented or swollen. They might have quality defects and could also cause food poisoning.
  • Do not buy if the packaging is damaged or opened as they may contain harmful microorganisms that could cause food poisoning..
  • Do not buy mouldy dried food. They may contain harmful mycotoxins produced by certain types of mould.
  • Do not buy bottled goods with broken seals. Their content may have been exposed to food poisoning bacteria.

There is a story that canned food items of a boat were retrieved from a river when it sank in 1865. Branded peaches , oysters, honey and mixed vegetables were found. This speaks volumes about how canned food is not spoilt over the years.

Canned foods make up twelve percent of grocery sales in the United States. More than 1,500 food products are canned including many that aren’t available fresh in most areas, such as guava, mango and about seventy-five different juice drinks. Consumers can buy at least 130 different canned vegetable products from artichokes to turnips. Please find different kind of canned Vegetables that are available in the market:

Canned Vegetables:

  • Sweet Peas,
  • Artichoke,
  • Mixed Vegetables,
  • Sweet Corn,
  • Green Beans,
  • Lots of diffrent kind of beans,
  • Asparagus,
  • Beets,
  • Carrots,
  • Collard Green,
  • Mustard Greens,
  • Turnip Greens,
  • Tomatoes,
  • Succotash,
  • Okra,
  • Sweet potatoes,
  • Potatoes,
  • Spinach,
  • Bamboo shoot,
  • Jalapeno Peppers,
  • Lots of diffrent kind of peppers,
  • Green Chiles,
  • Water Chestnuts,
  • Sauerkraut,
  • Zucchini,
  • Pumpkin,
  • Mushroom,
  • Pearl Onion,
  • Bell Peppers,
  • Yams,
  • Celery,
  • Sprouts,
  • Pepperoncini,
  • Olives,
  • Cucumber,
  • Rutabagas,
  • Cabbage etc.

More than a dozen kinds of beef are canned, including beef burgars, chopped, steaks, Corned and barbecued beef. Pork (Bacon, Ham), Polutry (Chicken, Duck, Turkey), Sausages (Chorizo, Pepperoni, Salami), Lamb and also different exotic meats are also canned.

Seafood/Fish is also canned. The convenience of canned fish might make sense in certain circumstances depending on where is a person lives, the time of year or other factors, Generally, fish are the world’s healthiest food and it can be consumed in a Form that is as close as possible to the whole natural form.

Canned Seafood:

  • Fish
    • Tuna
    • Anchovies
    • Salmon
    • Halibut
    • Sardines
  • Clams
  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Scallops
  • Prawns
  • Shrimp

Levels of some vitamins in canned food were found to be high than in fresh produce in which the vitamins, minerals and fiber were destroyed by light or exposure to air.

The Canning process:

Food-spoiling bacteria and yeasts are naturally present in foods. To grow, these micro-organisms need moisture but in frozen foods, the temperature is kept so low that they do not produce as moisture is not present to promote the growth. It is the preservation process that distinguishes canned from other packaged foods. During canning, the food is placed in an airtight container and heated to destroy microorganisms. Properly canned foods can be allowed to refrigerate for an indefinite period of time without their getting spoilt or becoming toxic.

Canned food may be packaged in a number of types of containers such as glass jars and plastics. These flexible canned foods aren’t as popular with Americans as they are with Europeans. There are containers made of plastic materials like polyethylene terephthalate used for peanut butter. Packages made of paperboard layers have been designed to contain such foods as fruit juices and even milk.

Packaged food

The main categories of packaged food include
  • baby food,
  • bakery products,
  • Fruits
    • Apples
    • Apricots
    • Bananas
    • Blueberries
    • Cherries
    • Cranberries
    • Dates
    • Figs
    • Grapes
    • Lemons
    • Mangos
    • Melons
    • Nectarines
    • Oranges
    • Papayas
    • Peaches
    • Pears
    • Pineapple
    • Plums
    • Prunes
    • Raisins
    • Raspberries
    • Strawberries
  • dairy products,
  • ice cream,
  • noodles,
  • pasta,
  • ready meals,
  • sauces,
  • soup spreads and
  • savoury snacks etc.
Fast lifestyle and transformation has resulted in demand for processed, packaged and ready to eat food products. It is because of convenience and comfort that the processed food have gained popularity all over the world and replaced unpackaged food with the objective of saving time and energy to cook food.

Related Appliances

  • Can Openers
NOTE: One cannot bring canned food through security in one’s luggage. They have liquid in them and anything over 3oz is prohibited.