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Why You Should Always Have Canned Fruit In Your Pantry

Many fruits, including peaches, pears, tangerines and pineapples, come in canned form, ensuring access to your favorite fruits even out of season. Canned fruits are also generally less expensive than their fresh counterparts, according to Long live. Convenient to use, canned fruit makes an easy addition to breakfasts, salads and desserts – canned fruit can be enjoyed on its own after a meal or used to top the canned filling of your fruit pies for a heartier pie and tastier. Canned fruits also have a long shelf life — Eat by date recommends consuming canned fruit within one to two years of the date printed on the can.

A concern with canned fruits is that they can be high in sugar, as they are often packed in syrup, which can add an extra 20 grams of sugar, warns Eat this, not that!. Look for canned fruits packed in their own juice or, better yet, in water. If that’s not an option, try rinsing the syrup off the fruit before using. Also try squeezing a little lemon or lime juice, the secret ingredient that will make your canned fruit taste better. So the next time you go grocery shopping, be sure to grab a few cans of your favorite fruits to stock in your pantry as a staple.