Episode 84: Canned Fruit

Why do some fruits get better when you put them in a can and others turn into clammy eyeballs? We have no idea, but we keep opening cans of peaches, pears, fruit cocktail, and more, until we’re up to our necks in heavy syrup. www.spilledmilkpodcast.com

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10 thoughts on “Episode 84: Canned Fruit

  1. Corrie_Alexa

    My Mom made us eat canned fruit when we were kids. She would make canned pears with mayonnaise and a slice of cheddar cheese. My sister would go into the bedroom and throw hers out the window. Gag me with a spoon! Thanks for the show. Y’all crack me up!

  2. riye

    My mom used to serve us canned fruit as a treat. I don’t mind it even now, although I don’t like fruit cocktail or canned lychees. Those look like flaccid eyeballs. :-P

  3. Jennifer

    Oh, you guys did it again! I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt.
    I have to say, I do like canned mandarins especially in a mixed greens salad with a good viniagrette.

  4. tracy

    I just wanted to talk about “pinning” – you guys made reference in this episode I think?

    It relates to fraternity & sorority couples – frat guys “pin” their girlfriends as a pre-engagement ritual. They actually give the girl their fraternity pins to show that their relationship is more important than his brotherhood/fraternity (as it should be).

    Anyway, you guys sounded confused so I thought I’d clear it up. Love your show!

  5. Cat

    Canned pears are pretty much the best.
    When you all couldn’t come up with any way to use canned fruit except to eat them right out of the can I was mystified. We used to use pears or peaches in quick baked crumbles as an after school treat. Cooked canned peaches are almost indistinguishable from lower quality fresh cooked peaches in things where there are spices or thickeners (say, peach pie or cut up into quick breads). Canned mandarin oranges are a staple in my grandmother’s quick breads and canned pineapple is pretty much where it’s at when it comes to pineapple upside-down cake. Granted these are generally recipes from before every kind of fruit was always available year-round, but it’s pretty shallow to completely dismiss them out of hand.

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  7. carol

    “pinned” – isn’t that when your boyfriend – who is a greek fraternity member- gives you his frat pin? they also would sometimes give you a lavaliere ( a necklace with their greek symbols on it).

  8. Lydia

    I know I am way behind on my podcasts, but I just heard this yesterday and I wanted to say what I used to do with canned fruit. I don’t remember eating it much as a kid, but when I first moved out on my own, my roommate always had canned peaches or pears on hand to make a quick cobbler. I’m pretty sure she used Bisquick too- hey, we were 18. In retrospect, I can’t believe we never had vanilla ice cream or whipped cream with it!

    I have bought canned mandarins in the not-too-distant past to make trifle, and while canned pineapple isn’t bad, I use fresh when I make pineapple upside-down cake.

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