It's hard to find true sweet corn in the fresh produce department outside of summer months, but canned is delicious year-round. “I have canned corn on hand all the time. It's the convenience, consistent price, and it always tastes sweet,” says Lori. The lack of prep time also makes it an easy addition to any recipe.
“Legumes are considered part of fresh produce, but it's very hard to have the time to prepare dried beans. I'm a huge advocate of canned,” says Lori. Pro-tip: always rinse off the beans before cooking to lower the sodium content.
“It's hard to find pearl onions in the fresh produce department, but it's a really popular ingredient in more foodie type dishes,” says Lori. The scarcity and expense has made them one of the top items in the frozen food section, so you don't need to spend a ton of clams to get those pearls.
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