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Canned Food Month

Stock up and save some cash this Canned Food Month! From soups to sauces, canned goods are versatile, affordable, and perfect for meal prep.
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Get ready to stock up on your pantry essentials because February 1 marks the start of Canned Food Month! Did you know that canned food has been around since the early 1800s, but it wasn't until the mid-1900s that it became a popular and convenient option for households? Canned foods have come a long way since then, with a wide variety of options available from fruits and vegetables to soups and meats. This month is all about celebrating the convenience, affordability, and versatility of canned food – so let's dig in!

History of Canned Food Month

Canned Food Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1810</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Invention of Canning</div><div class='timeline-text'>Frenchman Nicolas Appert invented the canning process to preserve food for French soldiers and sailors.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1858</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mason Jar Invention</div><div class='timeline-text'>John Landis Mason invented the Mason Jar, a home canning system that revolutionized food preservation for individuals.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1917</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Canned Food Mass Production</div><div class='timeline-text'>The use of canned food became more widespread during World War I due to the need for easily transported, non-perishable food for soldiers.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1943</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>All-American Canning Bandwagon</div><div class='timeline-text'>During World War II, canning at home became popular again, with the famous "All-American Canning Bandwagon" promoting the concept.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1987</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Canned Food Month Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Canned Food Month was established as an annual event in February by the Canned Food Information Council to highlight the importance of canned food.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Canned Food Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a canned food drive</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family together to collect canned food donations for a local food bank. Not only will you be celebrating Canned Food Month, but you'll also be helping those in need.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a canned food sculpture</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and build a sculpture using only canned foods. You can even turn it into a competition with friends or coworkers to see who can create the most impressive canned food masterpiece.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try new recipes using canned foods</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge yourself to cook with only canned foods for a week and see what delicious meals you can come up with. You might be surprised by the variety of dishes you can make with just canned ingredients.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a canned food potluck</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over for a potluck where everyone brings a dish made with canned foods. This is a great way to showcase the versatility and convenience of canned foods.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate canned foods to a local shelter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Research local shelters in your area and donate canned foods to help those in need. This is a simple but impactful way to celebrate Canned Food Month and give back to your community.</p></div></div>

Why Canned Food Month is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a convenient and affordable option</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Canned food is an easy and budget-friendly option for those on-the-go or looking to save money. Whether it's canned fruits, vegetables, or proteins, having them in your pantry means you always have a quick meal or snack at your fingertips.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps reduce food waste </h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Canned foods have a longer shelf life than fresh produce, meaning they are less likely to go to waste. Canning also preserves nutrients in food, making sure you get the most out of your meals!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a great option during natural disasters</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When faced with natural disasters or emergency situations, having canned food can be a lifesaver. They have a long shelf life and require no cooking or refrigeration, making them an essential part of any disaster preparedness plan.</p></div></div>

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Canned Food Month FAQs

When is Canned Food Month?

Canned Food Month is celebrated on February 1 every year. In 2024 Canned Food Month will occur on a Thursday.

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