Five tinned foods that punch above their weight

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I’ve been nosying around my winter survival cupboard today to see what needs topping up, and I am about to make a big trip to the cash and carry to stock up on tins. Interestingly enough, a lot of tinned foods have more vitamins in them than fresh food that things that have been lying around your kitchen for a week or so.  Here are some great additions to a store cupboard that I will be bringing home later.

Tinned tomatoes – these come in different forms but particularly useful are the ones with garlic and herbs already in the mix. Passata in large jars can go onto home made pizza bases with a big of grated cheese and some salami for a Saturday treat.

Pulses – try different kinds such as lentils, chickpeas, borlotti beans, butter beans, mixed spicy beans and canneloni beans. Great with mince, in salads, to bulk out a bolognaise or shepherd’s pie, or to make an instant vegetarian chili.

Stone fruits – cherries, plums and mirabelles make great crumbles and pies, can be served with cream or yoghurt for a quick dessert, and can even be added to smoothies or put on top of muesli.

Exotic fruits – pineapple, lychees, mangos are all wonderful to have around, and give you the makings of a very sophisticated winter fruit salad, but look for tins which state they are in their own juices rather than in syrup.

Fish – Sardines, mackerel, salmon, tuna and even shrimps are all great for sandwiches, pasta dishes, fish pie, salads and little toasts to have as a nibble with a glass of wine.

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3 thoughts on “Five tinned foods that punch above their weight

    Virginia said:
    18 September, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Pizza bases are in my store cupboard, too! Also normally frozen chopped spinach, but I am having a hard time finding that at the moment.

      Sandra Bradley responded:
      19 September, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      Try Waitrose. They have the best choice of frozen veggies and herbs of all the supermarkets at the moment.

    Virginia said:
    28 September, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks for the tip: I did find it in Waitrose, and am planning a curried/chillied chicken in spinach casserole in the next day or so!

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