The Canned Food Information Council declared February Canned Food Month in 1987 as a way to clear up many misconceptions. So this month, help debunk canned food myths, donate canned foods to those in need, and enjoy all the free time you’ll have from not having to cook — because if there’s one thing everyone can agree on about canned foods, it’s that they’re convenient.
Canned Food Month - History
The age of aluminum
Aluminum was incorporated into metal cans
More than just food
The canning of carbonated soft drinks began
A helpful invention
Robert Yates, an English surgical instrument maker, invented the first tin opener.
The container changed
Peter Durand, a British merchant, patented tin cans — instead of glass — as a way to preserve food.
Modern food preservation began
Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner, invented a method to preserve food in glass jars with cork tops — kept in place by metal wiring.
How to Observe Canned Food Month
1. Have a canned food cook-off
Think of this as your "Top Chef" moment: How can you turn those canned carrots, beans, or tomatoes into a gourmet meal?
2. Create your own canned food
Cooking your own fresh foods and then canning them may help you save even more time and money in the long run
3. Share the love
Because canned food items have a long shelf life, they’re always great things to donate. Celebrate this holiday by holding a canned food drive and giving them to those in need.
4 Uncanny Myths About Canned Foods
1. Canned and "organic" don't go together
While fresh, organic foods are always the ideal choice, there are canned foods that are certified organic — such as: Newman’s Own, Farmer’s Market, and Amy’s Kitchen.
2. Your sodium intake will increase
Although some canned food options are high in sodium, there are plenty of options that are low-sodium, or better yet, sodium-free.
3. You won’t get your required nutrients
Eating fresh, whole foods will (of course) give you the biggest bang for your buck as far as nutrients go, but canned foods do retain their full fiber and protein content, while offering vitamin, carbohydrate, and fatty acid benefits.
4. Canned foods are packed with preservatives
The use of preservatives are technically unnecessary thanks to the process of canning. The heat and pressure keeps out bacteria and seals in freshness.
Why Canned Food Month is Important
A. They make cooking easier
Making tomato sauce? The tomatoes are already chopped, the garlic minced, and the beans rinsed. Want a hearty soup? All you have to do is open the can, heat it up, and you’re good to go.
B. They can help save money
Because canned food items have a long shelf life, you won’t have to worry about losing money on food you never even got to use. Plus, you can stock up when there are sales, or buy in bulk, saving even more.
C. They’re space savers in kitchens
Whether or not you have plenty of food storage in your kitchen, organizing pantries or cabinets can be tricky. Luckily, canned food items are easy to stack, organize, and don’t take up too much space.