Today I’m adding to my canned food series. Here are 11 cans of fruit I recommend for your pantry. Years ago, we had a 1/2 acre lot and a fairly small home, so we had lots of room to raise much of the food my family ate. We had small kids, so they didn’t eat a whole lot, but we raised enough food that we were able to fix some great meals, but also preserve a fair amount of the food too.
We taught our four daughters to work, literally. We would turn the soil over with a huge tiller, plant the seeds, make sure every plant got enough water, pull weeds, and then harvest our bounty. Then the preserving would begin. We would wash, peel, and cut the vegetables or snap the beans for the canning jars.
That was 50 years ago, when I learned to pressure can vegetables. We water-bathed fruit, made pie filling, and grape juice, and dehydrated what wouldn’t fit in the canners. Those were wonderful days with great memories. We had orchards nearby and tried to bottle as much of the fruit and veggies we would eat for the year.
Then the girls moved out to start their own life’s journey, and my canning days started to cut way back. Now, I buy more canned foods compared to bottling them. It’s all about life-changing as we go through the various phases of life. I’ve learned it’s okay to buy canned fruits and vegetables, particularly with the wide varieties and the cost savings if purchased right.
Do I miss seeing those jars of food lined up on the storage shelves, I sure do. But, I’m not as strong physically as I used to be. Sure, I still know how to can. Mark and I took classes to get our Master Canning and Preserving Certificates a few years ago.
Even though we don’t can as much food as we used to, we know that is an option if funds get tight, our kids need some food, or if we can help a neighbor through a tough time.
I wanted to stay up on the new techniques. Did I learn a lot? Yes, I did and it was so fun! If you have a state extension service near your home, it’s a fun class to take, if available. It’s all hands-on, and that’s when I learned to pressure can all kinds of meat. It’s so easy, although I don’t like the texture of the ground beef in jars. Just personal preference. They even used my All American Pressure canner in the class. Please stock a few can openers, at least more than one. Can Opener or #10 Can Opener
In case you missed these posts:
- 11 Canned Meat Ideas I Recommend
- 10 Awesome Facts About Canned Foods
- Canned Foods I Highly Recommend You Store
11 Cans Of Fruit I Recommend
Note that as I list the ingredients in each product, I’m listing those primary items and not the ingredients that make up a small portion of the contents. Also, the “shelf-life” is the “best-used date” shown on each can or jar as of the date I purchased the product this week.
1. Great Value™ Organic Unsweetened Applesauce
- Ingredients: organic apples, water, and ascorbic acid used to maintain the food’s color
- Shelf-Life: January 2024
How can I use Great Value™ Organic Unsweetened Applesauce?
I love applesauce on sliced cooked pork, eaten as a side dish, plain, or sprinkled with cinnamon. Oh, and don’t forget you can use applesauce in place of eggs in some recipes. In case you missed this post, What Can You Use as an Egg Substitute?
For better results as an egg substitute, you should use unsweetened applesauce, instead of sweetened or flavored applesauce, which adds too much sugar. Use 1/4 cup of applesauce for every egg that is called for in a recipe. I love this!
2. Del Monte® Fruit Cocktail
- Ingredients: peaches, pears, grapes, pineapple, cherries, peach juice, pear juice, and ascorbic acid
- Shelf-Life: May 2024
How can I use Del Monte® Fruit Cocktail?
I used to have a fruit cocktail cake recipe, I need to dig that one out! I love fruit cocktail in a bowl or added to gelatin. Our kids grew up on jello made with fruit cocktail. Don’t forget the whipped cream! Did your kids fight over getting the cherry in the bowl? Mine sure did!
3. Del Monte® Citrus Salad (Red & White Grapefruit and Oranges in extra light syrup)
- Ingredients: grapefruit, oranges, water, sugar, ascorbic acid, and citric acid
- Shelf-Life: April 2024
How can I use Del Monte® Citrus Salad?
If you keep a few cans in your refrigerator, you can serve them at the last minute in a bowl as a snack, as a side dish, or as a fruity topping on a salad. They are so good!
4. Del Monte® Red Grapefruit (in extra light syrup)
- Ingredients: grapefruit, water, sugar, ascorbic acid, and citric acid
- Shelf-Life: February 2024
How can I use Del Monte® Red Grapefruit?
I love grapefruit, and these cans are no exception. They taste better after placing a can in the refrigerator and chilling them before serving. I have added them to fruit salads or just eaten them out of the can. We love the light syrup varieties.
5. Dole® Mandarin Oranges (in light syrup)
- Ingredients: Mandarin oranges, water, sugar, and citric acid
- Shelf-Life: October 2024
How can I use Dole® Mandarin Oranges?
Oh my gosh, I buy at least two to three cases of these per year because we love them so much. I love to eat them right out of the can or served cold in a bowl. They are perfect to add to fruit salads or when you make some jello for the family.
6. Del Monte® Sliced Pears (no sugar added**Sucralose added)
- Ingredients: pears, water, and ascorbic acid
- Shelf-Life: June 2023
How can I use Del Monte® Sliced Pears?
I admit, I love eating canned fresh pears, they were our favorite to eat but not to can. We had to peel them by hand, but we knew we would eat them all winter. When ripe, pears are so sweet! These are perfect as a side dish or placed on cottage cheese. Yummy!
7. Del Monte® Pineapple Chunks
- Ingredients: pineapple, pineapple juice, and citric acid
- Shelf-Life: May 2024
How can I use Del Monte® Pineapple Chunks?
We buy crushed as well as pineapple chunks in cans. We buy two to three cases of canned pineapple a year. Yes, they are so good in gelatin, dips, and salads. Have you ever made Hawaiian Haystacks? I need to write that post for you.
8. Del Monte® VERY CHERRY Mixed Fruit ((no sugar added**Sucralose added)
- Ingredients: peaches, pears, cherries, and water
- Shelf-Life: June 2023
How can I use Del Monte® VERY CHERRY Mixed Fruit?
Here again, what’s not to love about canned fruit? Place a few cans in the refrigerator and they are ready to serve at the last minute. They are perfect for a side dish, or in gelatin. We are told to eat multiple fruit and veggie servings every day, why not use your canned fruit supply in the pantry to help all family members eat more healthy meals?
9. Del Monte® Sliced Peaches
- Ingredients: peaches, peach juice, pear juice, and ascorbic acid
- Shelf-Life: April 2024
How can I use Del Monte® Sliced Peaches?
I have to tell you a story about canning peaches. My daughters loved home-canned peaches. I have always made homemade bread and they would eat a slice of bread and eat a whole jar of peaches, if I let them! Canned peaches are perfect as a side dish, in gelatin, or topped on cottage cheese.
10. Del Monte® Dark Sweet Cherries (pitted cherries in heavy syrup)
- Ingredients: pitted cherries, water, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and corn syrup
- Shelf-Life: July 2024
How can I use Del Monte® Dark Sweet Cherries?
I confess, I didn’t know these existed until I bought the cans for this post. Where have I been? These are so good! I can eat right out of the can! These make a great snack, my friends! Bonus, they don’t have seeds, unless, of course, one slips through the canning process.
11. Great Value™ Maraschino Cherries?
- Ingredients: cherries, water, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, malic acid, and citric acid
- Shelf-Life: March 2024
How can I use Great Value™ Maraschino Cherries?
Well, I love these for my Italian Cream Sodas! It’s fun to have a jar or two in the pantry for special occasions. They can be a bit pricey, but the grandkids love them!
I hope you enjoyed reading about the 11 cans of fruit I recommend, life is so good with food in the pantry. As families try to be more self-sufficient, having canned goods stored is always a great idea. I particularly like people using canned fruit, veggies, and meat as the basis for their food storage plan since these products tend to last a long time. Please let me know which ones you like, or which ones you enjoy that I may have missed. May God Bless this world, Linda