Creative Uses for Cans #CansGetYouCooking


Empty CanI love to browse my favorite boards on Pinterest. Not only is Pinterest a great source for amazing recipes, but it’s also a great place to go for some inspiration.

One of the many boards I follow belong to Cans Get You Cooking. They have several boards which all pertain to canned foods, from recipes to crafts and from storage solutions to amazing works of art.

I cook with canned goods pretty much every day – breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and/or snacks. My pantry, or should I say “cantry”, is filled with canned goods.

This time of year I stock up on canned foods. My worse fear is to run out of something during a snowstorm. I like to make sure I have more than enough including canned pet foods.

When I shop for canned goods I like to stock up on foods that you can eat “as is” (not warmed up). In the event of a electrical outage (which has happened during blizzards), canned foods are a must as well as a hand held can opener. My kids favorite “out of the can” food is spaghetti. It can be eaten and enjoyed at room temperature.

Other canned foods I make sure I have an ample supply of in my pantry in case of emergencies (blackouts) are canned fish (tuna and salmon), stew, soup, fruits and vegetables. You could make an entire meal out of canned goods in case of an emergency. For example, canned chicken, canned string beans, canned potatoes and canned peaches for dessert.

Canned Foods

Most canned goods have a long shelf life, however it’s a good idea to go through your pantry ever few months and use up anything that is about to expire and toss out anything that has expired. As you are doing this make note of what you have and what you need so that you can take advantage of sales.

Canned foods sometimes get a bad reputation. Some people think that canned foods are not as good for you as fresh fruits and vegetables. Studies have found that canned goods are just as good, if not better, than their fresh counterparts. A study done in 1997 by the University of Illinois Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition found that canned fruits and vegetables provide the same vitamins and dietary fiber as fresh foods.

Did you know that fruits and vegetables start to lose their nutritional value when they are picked? The longer it takes the consume them the less nutritional value they provide. Canned foods on the other hand are often packed immediately after they are picked/harvested – ensuring that all their vitamins and minerals are preserved with them.

As you can see, I am a “fan of the can”. :-) Of course having so many canned goods means that I have a lot of cans that need to be recycled. My family always recycles. I’m also all for re-purposing things too.

I was checking out the Cans Get You Cooking Pinterest boards looking for some new recipes to try out. They have an entire section just for crafts made out of re-purposed cans. You can find it on the Cans Get You Cooking Pinterest Page under “Amazing Can Works of Art”.

Here are a few examples of the fun things you can make out of cans. They have a lot more on their Pinterest page.

Cans Get You CookingIf you are planning on hosting a Super Bowl Party this year you should check out the Football cutlery holder made out of cans. They are very cute. Even my husband thought it was a great idea.

Don’t forget to check out their recipes too. They have a Pumpkin Chili recipe that I MUST try. Yummy!

Cans Get You Cooking Recipes

For more “Can-spiration” check out Cans Get You Cooking on both Facebook and on YouTube.

Are you a “fan of the can”? Do you stock up on canned goods, especially to hold you over during the winter months? Do you have a favorite recipe or craft made out of cans? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I am participating in a blogger campaign and received a gift card to shop  for canned goods. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my  own unless otherwise noted.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    great idea! i love cooking with canned foods. and cool to use them afterward!

  2. courtney b says:

    i love the cans with the words LOVE and quotes.. very interesting.. this is why i love pinterest..

  3. It’s always nice to see things getting reused for different things. I don’t have Pinterest(well I do but I don’t use it,) but I don’t fully understand the whole platform. I’m still getting used to platforms like Twitter.

    Thanks for some great inspiration!

  4. these are great ideas! thanks for sharing!

  5. Karen Glatt says:

    I am so glad to know that canned food is just as good as fresh and frozen. I have to cook with canned food because I can not always make food from scratch. I like the creative ways that I can take cans and make into a gorgeous item to put in my home!

  6. judy gardner says:

    these are great ideas for recycling – i always keep a stash of canned vegetables in the cabinet