Canned fruit vs FreshPosted: February 8, 2012
When I went shopping this last week, I didn’t buy fresh fruit. Instead, I bought canned fruit—fruit cocktails, peaches, mangos, and some pineapple. I know I’m trying to save money but I find that I much prefer having fresh fruit over the canned stuff. Yes, it was cheaper, but was it worth it?
Let’s make a list and compare canned fruit and real fruit! (Remember when I said I was overly in love with lists? No? Well, I am so there’s your warning!)
Price. Okay, for $5 I managed to buy a wide variety of fruit. I had pineapple, peaches, mangos, and the fruit cocktail. For $5 (a little less but still) I could buy a bag of apples or oranges or…well, you get the picture. The other option is to buy individual fresh fruit. (That is an option I haven’t tried as of yet but I think I will this upcoming shopping day)
Taste. By far, I like the taste of the fresh stuff better. I did enjoy getting to eat out of season fruit at a fraction of the price. I can eat the canned stuff but I love the crisp taste of fresh fruit.
Looks. When a piece of fruit is canned it much loses some of the quality of how it looks. It becomes soggy looking and squishy.
Storage. I will admit storing canned fruit is a lot easier. I don’t have a huge fridge and storage space inside is at a premium. Nor do I have a lot of counter space. Unless its bananas though, I have always liked storing my fruit in the fridge. When its canned, it takes up a small amount of room. Canned fruit also lasts a lot longer. Fresh fruit will last about 2 weeks if I’m lucky (also depending on what I buy) but I have a lot longer on canned stuff.
In my eyes, I prefer the fresh stuff–even if it is a bit more pricey. As I said, I’m going to try to buy the individual pieces to try to get a little bit more of a variety. How do you buy your fruit? Canned, by the bag or individual?