Canned Bread

The manufacturer’s description says it all: Authentic New England taste of being slow-baked in a traditional brick oven…then shoved into a tin can. OK, I’m sure that’s not the exact manufacturing process but bread in a can does conjure up a more accurate visual I would imagine. In this case (or with cookies or baked beans), you can judge the content of the can by the label.

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B&M Brown Bread in a Can (Amazon)

There exists no other product online or in stores like canned bread B&M.  This brown bread (sometimes canned Boston Brown Bread) in a can is in fact an interesting marriage of both breads and dense cakes. This is not new. Some folks, many from The South, may remember eating this when they were very young (think 1960s and earlier) but interest waned and brown bread in a can faded from the store shelves.  The packaging and shelf life make this the best addition to your long-term storage or prepping needs and provides a tasty option when fresh bread is not available – perfect help for your emergency prep pantry. Canned brown bread should taste as good as the day it was pulled out of the oven and placed in the can. Some varieties had a pull tab this B&M requires a can opener.

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Is Bread in a Can for Real?

Can you really eat canned bread? Yes, it is real and brown bread in a can has a flavor and character all its own – you will either love it or hate it. This is the rule in general for products from cans.

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What Does Bread from a Can Taste Like to Eat?

Heating this product is a must if you want to eat it.  Trying it straight out of the cans and it is a somewhat dry, dense and bland.  When you taste brown bread in a can, you would expect pumpernickel but it does not possess the rich flavor of that type of bread – it has a somewhat sweet molasses taste – sweet over savory.  The bread definitely requests to be toasted with butter or jam/jelly spread on afterwards – maybe even some cream cheese. 

How Long Does Canned Bread Last?

The date on the can, the “sell by date”, is 3 years.  That does not mean canned bread shelf life ends after 36 months.  Canning any product should make it last for at least 10 to 15 years if you keep it stored properly in a cool dry place. Once the can opens you it will have a typical “bread lifespan” of 1 week or less.

Canned bread, does it contain preservatives?

No artificial preservatives, but bread in a can does contain salt.  I do not have the specific recipe for canning bread (I’m sure there are recipes online) but the ingredients as listed on the brown bread can are: Water, Whole Wheat Flour, Molasses, Dextrose, Whole Grain Rye Flour, Whey, Degerminated Yellow Corn Meal, Baking Soda, Buttermilk, Salt, Corn Oil.