Canned Meat: What to do with it

Canned meat is an absolute staple in the Everything Pantry. It is convenient and versitile.

As you stroll into the canned goods isle of your local supermarket you will inevitably come across those flat cans of ham, chicken and turkey along side the tuna. You might wonder "who eats this stuff?" Me, I'm the weirdo that eats it. After reading this post you very well might find yourself hoping aboard the weird wagon right along side me.

Why I let this item take up precious space in my budget and my pantry.

A quick comment on DIY:

Canned meat in general is a fantastic staple item. If you have the skill set or the inclination to learn how, I would absolutely recommend learning how to process your own. 

Imagine going to the pantry and pulling out a jar of heat n' eat ground beef that is ready to be seasoned for tacos or cubed beef that you just need to thicken the sauce for to pour over rice. Simply Canning is my #1 resource for learning canning techniques and I really like for recipes because they only post those that meet the USDA best practices.

Store bought canned/pouch product benefits:

  • Ready to eat. Pop the top and start cook'in.
  • They are a great alternative to deli meat whether you eat it sliced or devilled.
  • Fried canned ham slices are delicious and a great stand in for bacon. 
  • Shelf stable. When they are on sale stock up! They don't take up space or energy consumption from needing to be stored in your freezer. 


A few canned meat "serving suggestions" to get the creativity chugg'in along.

  1. 1
    Cubed chicken in stir fries.
  2. 2
    Sliced as a deli style sandwich meat.
  3. 3
    Sliced ham, fried as a bacon alternative. 
  4. 4
    Cubed in a quick chicken pot pie or  soup . 
  5. 5
    Beef jerky diced and re-hydrated in ramen or rice noodles with spices and canned or frozen vegetables . 


Flaked Chicken Curry Sandwich

  • 1 can (156 g) flaked chicken
  • 1/4 tsp mild curry powder
  • 2 TBSP mayonnaise

Whip together with a fork. Makes 1-3 sandwiches or wraps.

Flaked Devilled Ham Sandwich

  • 1 can (156 g) flaked ham
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 TBSP mayonnaise

Whip together with a fork. Makes 1-3 sandwiches or wraps.

Tuna Sandwich

  • 1 can (156 g) flaked tuna
  • 1 TBSP dill relish
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp celery seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 TBSP mayonnaise

Whip together with a fork. Makes 1-3 sandwiches or wraps.


I'm a frugal, city dwelling, "homestead where you're at" blogger with a passion for saving a buck (in often creative ways). I really enjoy sharing my money saving tips and sweat equity methods to help others struggle less financially.

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