Blergh! Could you eat these strange canned foods?
I was raised on canned food. We never had much money, so my folks bought food in cans because it lasted forever, it was cheap and, if dented or without a label, really really cheap. Most times we'd open up a can like it was a present..."I wonder what's for dinner tonight?" I always ate it. Probably because most of the time, it was spaghetti hoops or green beans or something else just as inocuous. But what if the following items has been inside?
This article is not meant to poke fun at the foods of other cultures. I have long been a proponent of "I'll try anything once" and watch the show Bizzare Foods just to see what is out there. What's more, the good people of places like Japan, China, the Phillipines and Thailand understand frugality completely, using every part of the animal or plant to make a meal.
But as liberal as I am when it comes to cheap, canned food, I'm not sure how many of these I could stomach When I told my dad "I just couldn't eat that" he came back with "that's because you're not hungry enough" and he was right. When it comes to survival, we'd be surprised at what we could do.
So, imagine your pantry is filled with the following delicacies, and you couldn't get out of the house for weeks. Could you eat them? First up, something easy to understand. It was a big hit on Digg.com yesterday.
The Cheeseburger in a can! Personally, if I had been on the town and had a few beers, I would probably eat it. To my shame. I suspect most of you could, too. A nice way to transition into some of the more bizarre creations.
Next up, the Whole Chicken in a can. Now I don't know about you, but this one looks about as enticing as an ice cold jacuzzi on a cold winter's day. Once again though, I doubt I'd have much trouble.
Tongues aren't just for wagging, they're also for eating. And I should know - I've had a tongue sandwich before. Somehow though, it looked an awful lot better sliced than in this picture for a Can of tongues.
One for the vegetarians out there, although I doubt anyone would really want to tuck into canned processed cheddar cheese. But it only gets worse from here.
Just like momma used to make, a nice freshly baked loaf of canned bread. Mmmmm.
For those of you who don't know this Scottish delicacy, it's a sheep's stomach stuffed with meat and barley. That's the simplified version. I've had it, it's not too bad. But imagine a haggis in a can, complete with the pale stomach lining and gray meat. I've suddenly lost my appetite.
No joke. In some parts of the world it's quite normal to pick up a can or two of delicious whale meat, complete with blubber. Not knocking it, certainly not in any hurry to try it though.
Look again. This is not one of those 'snake in a can' practical jokes. In some parts of good ol' 'Merica, you can buy cans of genuine Rattlesnake meat. I've heard it's an interesting taste, a bit like tough chicken/pork. I'll give it a try...one day.
This is a dish with real bite. Sorry, couldn't resist. I'm not entirely sure what kind of Fish Mouths are in this can of strangeness, but I'm not in a huge rush to find out either. Catfish maybe? I have heard fish cheeks are devine though.
I'd eat the next one. Not because I was forced but because I'd eat my shoe if it's covered in curry sauce. That's just the Brit in me. Anyway, Thai Green Curry with Crocodile sounds really good to me.
I have to admit, we're getting into territory that even I can't face now. I'll give it a try if I have to, if I was hungry enough, but canned scorpions don't have that nice ring to it.
Sorry, no thanks. Pork Brains in Milk Gravy? Did they think that the milk gravy would make them a little more appealing? If it said Pork Brains in tangy chipotle BBQ sauce, you may have a winner. (By the way, check out the Cholesterol level on this baby...ouch!)
Canned Roasted Crickets with Eggs. As Forrest Gump would say, "That's all I have to say about that."
Forget those BBQ chips. Don't tuck into dry-roasted peanuts. Instead, grab a big old handful of BBQ flavor Silk Worm Pupae. It's the crunchy snack that never fails to satisfy. In a can.
AND FINALLY, to set the record straight...this is something I would eat any day of the week with vigour. SPAM!
I'm not joking, no sarcasm here, I was raised on it and so was my wife. If you want my recipes for Spam Fried Rice or Spam Musubi (a Hawaiian version of sushi) you are more then welcome to them. Great stuff.
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