Monday, September 30, 2013

Cans Get You Cooking Inspiring Easy, Healthy & Economical Family Meals Kids Will Love

Good Food 

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You might be surprised to learn that according to a University of California, Davis study many canned fruits and vegetables in properly sealed cans actually have the same nutrients and are as good for you and your kids as fresh produce or frozen food. 

Canning seals in farm freshness,
Come to think of it, cans of fruit and vegetables -- as well as many other types of food -- also can be much more economical to buy and have a considerably longer shelf life than their fresh and frozen cousins. The best part is that no refrigeration or freezer is ever needed to store unopened cans of food so they're great whether you are home or are traveling.

Image from Cans Get You Cooking
As a brand ambassador, I'm here to tell you about Cans Get You Cooking, which runs through 2013 and is a program of the Can Manufacturers Institute that officially launched in February during National Canned Food Month. The purpose of this campaign, which incorporates labels you'll recognize like Bush Beans, Del Monte, Ocean Spray, Old El Paso and many other national and regional brand names, is meant to build awareness of the many advantages of canned food. Another goal is to inspire home cooks to creatively incorporate and serve these convenient and affordable ingredients more frequently at the family dinner table.

Me at BlogHer Cans Get You Cooking booth,
This summer at the BlogHer 2013 conference in Chicago I spent some time at the Cans Get You Cooking booth. In the expo hall at McCormick Place, I learned more than I could ever imagine about the canning process and why it makes sense for us moms to try and cook with canned foods even more often.

Cans staffer's t-shirt makes great point,
Can goods at BlogHer were plentiful,
After touring the exhibit space loaded with information and talking to several knowledgeable representatives, my visit concluded by watching as a personalized can was made with my photo on it.

Booth staffers making personalized cans,
According to a Cans Get You Cooking Survey, July 2013, 98% of America's home kitchens are stocked with cans of food.

Most Popular Canned Goods
  • Corn 79%
  • Beans 74%
  • Broths, Stocks, Soups 71%
  • Fruit 67%
  • Meats & Seafood 54% 
Image provided by Cans Get You Cooking
Cans Get You Cooking invites you to visit their Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube pages for more information on how to get the most out of the bounty of canned foods available.

Del Monte Canned Fruit at my supermarket,
Topping my personal list of all the canned goods I can't live without are Bush Vegetarian Beans and Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce. How about you? How do you use canned food and what are the ones that you most commonly buy? Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts and even link, if you wish, to your favorite recipe with at least one canned food ingredient.
FTC Disclosure: I am a Cans Get You Cooking Canbassador brand ambassador and am being compensated for this post via the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. The campaign organizer also sent store coupons for some can food products to facilitate this post. However, all opinions here are my own. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.

1 comment:

  1. Daniela, This recipe sounds wonderful. I'm going to try to make it for my kids this wk. Thx for sharing it!