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What's the quality difference between canned, frozen, and "fresh" produce and meat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 17, 2011 at 4:29 AM

I know generally frozen fruit and vegetables are better than the "fresh" (but not so fresh) ones sitting out, but how about canned vs. frozen produce?

Also, canned meat vs. frozen meat vs. "fresh" meat? Which one is a better option?

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on October 17, 2011
at 05:48 PM

Sardines and Salmon canned are great! Make sure you get them in olive oil or water.

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on October 17, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Yes, there's bound to be a big difference between locally-grown meat of your own choosing, cut into chunks and canned in glass jars; versus meat from who-knows-where-and-from-how-many-animals canned in plastic-coated tins in a factory somewhere.

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on October 17, 2011
at 10:29 AM

Interesting, you have tweaked my curiosity. Maybe my original post was a bit hasty. What kinds of meat?

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on October 17, 2011
at 10:19 AM

You're missing out. I get locally sourced "canned" meat and it's essentially slow-cooked meat in a jar with no additives and ready to eat as is. Ultimate convenience food.

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De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on October 17, 2011
at 05:00 AM

There's a good article in Consumer Reports on Health this month on this topic. Unfortunately, it is a paid subscription and there's no online version. Basically, the order of quality is: local fresh, frozen, non-local fresh, canned (also has BPA typically). I'm not sure about meat but my guess is there's no difference.

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on October 17, 2011
at 06:41 AM

You couldn't pay me enough to want to eat canned meat!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 17, 2011
at 10:19 AM

You're missing out. I get locally sourced "canned" meat and it's essentially slow-cooked meat in a jar with no additives and ready to eat as is. Ultimate convenience food.

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

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on October 17, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Yes, there's bound to be a big difference between locally-grown meat of your own choosing, cut into chunks and canned in glass jars; versus meat from who-knows-where-and-from-how-many-animals canned in plastic-coated tins in a factory somewhere.

Ef2f6c723983d7fe7a06bd57af6adeed

(1725)

on October 17, 2011
at 05:48 PM

Sardines and Salmon canned are great! Make sure you get them in olive oil or water.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:29 AM

Interesting, you have tweaked my curiosity. Maybe my original post was a bit hasty. What kinds of meat?

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