February is National Canned Food Month - Divine Lifestyle

February is National Canned Food Month


Canned food is something that has been a staple in my family for as long as I can remember. I absolutely loved canned vegetables and in fact, so does my entire family.

For my son's 5th birthday, his chosen dinner was cold corn in a bowl. He wanted it right from a can and wouldn't have it any other way.

Did you know that Americans throw away approximately 15 percent to 20 percent of the fresh fruits and vegetables they purchase every year?

Cans help waste less food, saving us time and money, and reducing our impact on the environment. Canned food portion sizes are just right for both individuals and families, and most recipes are designed around these sizes.

We frequently used canned foods for cooking for so many reasons. I love being able to have many different types of beans and vegetables on hand at all times.


Cans Get You Cooking is a program dedicated to spreading the message that the ironclad technology of cans seals in foodsʼ nutrition, freshness and flavor, naturally, so that you can create meals you feel good about serving, and that your family will love.

1) Spread the word about National Canned Food month
2) Promote our upcoming Cooking Channel TV special, “Cans Make the
Meal with Kelsey Nixon,” which will air throughout February

corn in can on a white background


  • Cans seal in nutrition, freshness and flavor, naturally.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested at their peak of ripeness and canned within hours, making the can one of the best ways to lock in nutrients and get food from its source to your family table
  • Canned foods can be a hallmark of a healthy diet.
  • Canned produce is on par nutritionally with fresh and frozen varieties, and in some cases even better
  • People who frequently eat canned foods may have healthier diets than people who donʼt
  • Canned foods make homemade easy!
  • Canned foods mean less prep and year-round availability, making healthy, homemade meals a reality, more often.


Watch the Cans Make the Meal with Kelsey Nixon 30-Minute TV Special. Cans Get You Cooking produced a 30-minute special that will air on Cooking Channel during the month of February, National Canned Food Month. The special features Cooking Channel star Kelsey Nixon as she takes viewers down the canned food aisle and into her kitchen, sharing fun canned food facts, and creating delicious recipes inspired by the canned foods in her Cantry. Here is a list of airdates to share with your readers:

• February 08, 2015 10:00 AM EST
• February 14, 2015 10:00 AM EST
• February 15, 2015 10:00 AM EST
• February 22, 2015 10:00 AM EST
• February 28, 2015 10:00AM EST

Kelsey Nixon is the host of the Emmy-nominated show Kelsey's Essentials on Cooking Channel and Food Network, and author of the cookbook, Kitchen Confidence. She's also the host of “Cans Make the Meal,” our 30-minute Cooking Channel special that airs throughout February.

Canned Green Beans


In honor of National Canned Food Month, Kelsey Nixon will be judging Cans Get You Cookingʼs Cantry Cook-Off Recipe Contest! Entrants must create a unique recipe using at least two canned food items and submit the recipe, along with a photo of their dish for a chance to win $5,000! Entrants have until March 31, 2015 to enter! Hereʼs where everyone (and you!) can enter: CookingChannelTV.com/cans


Cantry Thursdays underscores the importance of oneʼs Cantry and the role it can and should play on Thursdays – and every day of the week – to help get a nutritious, homemade meal on the table that you can feel great serving.

By the time Thursdays roll around, most of your groceries have been used or have spoiled, and people youʼre tired from the long week and donʼt want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. The solution is not the takeout menu drawer…itʼs your Cantry. Nutritious, fresh and flavorful meals are achievable quickly and easily thanks to the canned foods in your pantry.

One last thought…Metal cans are endlessly recyclable and, in fact, are the most recycled containers in America today, keeping metal out of landfills and saving significant energy. You can check out this blog to see lots of crafts that we have made with cans.


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  1. I cooked with canned corn all the time, but not so much with other vegetables. I love the Cantry Thursdays concept.

  2. Pam

    I always keep canned veggies on hand. They’re a perfect start for a quick meal!

  3. Ugh, I hate throwing away food! I know I waste way too much fresh food. Cans are a staple in our house, plus a way to save a little money.

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    We eat very little canned food in our house. I prefer fresh, but canned is a good plan B!

  5. I always keep a few extra canned veggies stored. They’re so useful in a pinch and they don’t seem to expire!

  6. I had no idea that it was national canned food month! Thank you for sharing. I’ll have to look in my pantry and see what I can get cookin’!

  7. Yep, those metal cans make great hair rollers for those with long hair! I used them when I was younger and had longer hair! 🙂

  8. We always have canned veggies on hand. They are great for quick meals, or even to add to recipes to spruce them up a bit!

  9. I love used canned veggies in my cooking. Easy and tastes good!

  10. The most canned food I ever bought was after Hurricane Sandy. Usually though I use pouches, since I’m concerned about ingesting metal accidentally.

  11. Tracey

    Can’t veggies are awesome for when I am in a pinch. I always keep a few cans on hand.

  12. Debbie Denny

    I have been noticing that canned veggies has less salt added than they used to. I usually can our myself. Will check this out.

  13. Canned food is an affordable way to cook food for your family. Even better when you can stock up during a sale.

  14. valerie g

    I didn’t know some of this about canned food. I get our beans canned like black, pinto, kidney. i just don’t have the patience to cook them myself.

  15. I didn’t know canned food was healthy. Glad to know that I can feel confident in using cans for cooking.

  16. the only thing I will eat from a can is corn and ackees (A Jamaican fruit), otherwise everything tastes like the can to me, especially soups

  17. Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings

    I cook with cans ALL the time– yay for canned food month, but for me, it’s every month 🙂

  18. WOW all of those meals are from cans? I definitely am checking out recipes now

  19. I’ve been known in the past to sit and eat a can of corn in one sitting, just because. I do use green beans too, it’s one of the few canned food ingredients that I really enjoy

  20. I had no idea it was national canned food month! I will have to check this out!!

  21. Rosey

    We keep our cantry fully stocked. 😉 I am just learning the cans of veggies are as nutritional as other types, for some reason I didn’t know that…some kind of stigma or something. 🙂

  22. We love using canned goods in our meals. They can sit on the shelf and not spoil. They don’t take up a lot of space either.

  23. Some folks turn their noses up at canned food, but I have some canned foods that I love more than fresh produce. I’ll cook with cans for life.

  24. We eat several things out of a canned. I don’t always have time to run to the store for fresh veggies all the time and any veggies are better than no veggies. Plus there are plenty of ways to make canned foods taste great.

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