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Canned food; Pro's and Con's

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 23, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Looking for any information out there on the saftey of using canned foods. Being on a low income and from a busy background, it is often easier and cheaper to buy some canned foods. The only two I regulary consume is a diced italian tomato mix, with garlic, onion and basil, no preservatives or additives, and wild caught pink salmon. Maybe totalling 6 cans in total between both per week. Is there any dangers involved with the can's or does the simplicity, ease and cost effectiveness outweigh any negatives?

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:55 PM

I criss cross cut the top and bottom of the tomatoe and plunge in boiling water for about 30 sec to 1 min. You'll SE the skin start to peel, pull out and plunge in ice water a few secs and peel. Really easy I promise. buying fresh is best but you can chop and and freeze in bulk when you have sales or things are in season. Have you thought of drying veggies, fruits and cold storing, super easy to rehydrate as well. Creativity will be your best bet

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on April 28, 2012
at 03:08 AM

Most of our frozen veggies in Aus supermarkets are now from china so I am quite worried by the use of pesticides and the like which may not be as well regulated as western countries. I regularly buy fresh veggies but do still like the can's of tomato as it is a super easy soup when im short on time. Advice on how to get the peel off the tomato's? boil?

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on April 23, 2012
at 10:42 AM

Trying again to answer. Technical difficulties.

Quick answer -- canned salmon is okay, actually quite good given where you live. Canned tomatoes -- not bad if you have no alternative but BOXED would be much better. Acid in tomatoes, specifically, reacts with the metal in the cans and leaches bad chemicals that you then ingest. I did exactly what you are proposing last year -- lived in Namibia and had no other options (other than fresh). But if you can get something like POMI in a box, that would be preferable.

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on April 23, 2012
at 01:17 PM

There are specifically BPA-free cans. You'd have to do some digging on the Internet, but why not limit your consumption to these if you are going to be using cans. My vote it eliminate them altogether, especially if you are feeding children from them.

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on April 23, 2012
at 01:02 PM

I would agree with Cave Tomboy above, if you are left with no choice select which is necessary and limit consumption of canned products per week.

Can you purchase fruits and veggies in season and cut and freeze them for future use? Box or enclosed in glass tomatoes are becoming more available but still pricy, perhaps purchase in bulk, balance the skin off and freeze as well?

Are pre-frozen veggies expensive in your area?

9bd33dab06ad6696b1b6a06aed818f05

(659)

on April 28, 2012
at 03:08 AM

Most of our frozen veggies in Aus supermarkets are now from china so I am quite worried by the use of pesticides and the like which may not be as well regulated as western countries. I regularly buy fresh veggies but do still like the can's of tomato as it is a super easy soup when im short on time. Advice on how to get the peel off the tomato's? boil?

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 01, 2012
at 02:55 PM

I criss cross cut the top and bottom of the tomatoe and plunge in boiling water for about 30 sec to 1 min. You'll SE the skin start to peel, pull out and plunge in ice water a few secs and peel. Really easy I promise. buying fresh is best but you can chop and and freeze in bulk when you have sales or things are in season. Have you thought of drying veggies, fruits and cold storing, super easy to rehydrate as well. Creativity will be your best bet

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