Six foods that are best eaten from a can – and that can also save you money


Canned fish trumps fresh in terms of cost, convenience and, in many cases, sustainability. It’s an added bonus that a primary colored can of Ortiz sardines (£3.90, The Fish Society) would look very stylish on a kitchen shelf.

“In almost all cases, canned fish is fatty fish such as sardines, anchovies, tuna, and salmon — rich in omega-3 fatty acids and known for its health benefits,” says Bart van Olphen, executive chef and author of the Tinned Fish Cookbook. “It’s also very sustainable, provided you choose fish certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Canned sardines, like wine, only get better the longer they sit in the can.”

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From a sustainability perspective, the MSC’s Good Fish Guide recommends that it is better to buy canned Pacific salmon than fresh Atlantic salmon, as stocks are so low. For more adventurous, locally sourced canned seafood, including Brixham squid and Lyme Bay mussels (both £5.95,, try Rockfish, founded by Devon chef Mitch Tonks.

3. Dried Lentils and Legumes


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