The development of the food canning process has led to the preservation of meat as we know it today, and that’s why canned meat is a kitchen staple in almost any modern kitchen.
One of the first things you need to know about canned meats or luncheon meats is that these are almost always already cooked. Unless otherwise stated, most luncheon meats are vacuum-cooked in its can and are definitely ready-to-eat once cooled.
That’s why it’s so important to avoid buying canned food that looks like it has been dented, rusted, corroded, or compromised its seal. These marks might have microscopically broken into the vacuum-packed can and may contaminate its contents. You can be safer than sorry and only purchase those cans that do not have any of these marks.
Whether you’re too tired to make something from the fresh meat in your refrigerator or just need a meal that’s fast and easy to prepare, you can reach for canned meat and be assured of a meal that’s tasty and ready to eat as soon as you open the can.
You can cook many recipes using a can of luncheon meat and since these are already cooked, there is only two thing you need to know to add this staple kitchen ingredient into any meal:
1 Know the cut.
Read the recipe, and you’ll learn that the luncheon meat needs to be sliced a certain way. This is one of the best qualities of this ready-to-eat meat. Its canned size is uniform so it’s easy to slice into evenly sized pieces. This makes cooking with it easy since there is no worry that one piece will not be as cooked or heated through as the other pieces.
Stir-fry recipes will need its ingredients to be sliced in certain ways while those added to soups may be much larger. You can even cube these small to add to an omelet or slice these so thinly that these are likely to become crisp when fried too, long. The sizes and shapes of the canned meat that will be fried is really dependent on how fast or long you want to cook it.
In any case, you can determine how you want to cut it and that’s usually the first part of any recipe.
2 To fry or not to fry?
This is a debatable step. There are many who still believe that frying canned food needs to be done to “cook” it. While these food are already cooked, there is no harm in heating up the food before adding it to the rest of your dish.
However, for luncheon meat, the question is whether to fry it or not fry it. Frying the canned meat will lead to more flavor since the browned parts will be more flavorful.
This choice of frying it or not is entirely up to you.
Are you ready to start a meal that includes some canned meat in it? Luncheon meat really is an easy meat to prepare, so if you’re looking for ways to add it to your meal, here are some creatives way to do it: