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We ‘can’ do it – our top tips for getting the best out of your canned cupboard staples

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With many us spending more time at home and eating out less, here at Love Canned Food we want to put our knowledge to good use and share canned food recipe inspiration and tips on making the most of those store-cupboard essentials. Check out our top tips and some recipe inspiration below. Enjoy – and take care.

1. Batch cook

If you are not able to get out to the shops, batch cooking could be a great way to make the most of the ingredients you already have at home.

Canned food is perfect for batch cooking as you can be creative by making dishes from scratch, and you may have a lot of the ingredients in your cupboards already.

Canned food is so versatile – for example, canned tomatoes can be used for tasty sauces, in soups, or rice and pasta dishes. The trick is to batch cook a few meals, so you don’t find yourself eating the same meal day after day.

2. Swap fresh for canned to ensure you get those vital nutrients

We may not be able to access as much fresh fruit and veg in the coming weeks, but that’s okay. Canned fruits and vegetables provide the same high-quality nutrition you get in fresh and frozen food, as they go from harvest to the tin within hours. So, if you’re having Spaghetti Bolognese and there’s no salad in the fridge, simply open up a can of sweetcorn for a nutritious accompaniment. Get into the habit of adding canned pulses to minced meat dishes, casseroles and soups to easily increase your intake of fibre.

3. Resist the takeaways

You may be tempted by the convenience of a takeaway in the coming weeks, especially if you haven’t been able to head to the shops. There is no harm in giving in to temptation once in a while, but don’t forget that you can create a quick, delicious meal with just a few staple ingredients. And using cans is better for the bank balance as well. Canned food can help you whip up a tasty meal in no time. For example, try flavouring canned salmon with freshly chopped or dried dill, a squeeze of lemon and some black pepper. You can add this to cooked pasta, have it on toast, or roll it up in a tortilla wrap.

Here are some of our favourite canned food recipes to get you started:

Beautiful batch cooks:

Nice and nutritious:

Tasty takeaway alternatives:

Check out our blog post on ‘Simple and quick recipes perfect for the busy family’.

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