Canned foods were a big deal when they came out because people had limited refrigeration. But why do you need canned food when there is fresh food at your local farmer’s market and you have great refrigeration? I never buy them. (Remember the orange?) They’re filled with salt and the metal can leach into any foods containing tomatoes. Of course, as with all packaged foods, you’re paying for that can its label, advertising, transportation, etc.
Learning to cook from scratch is the minimalist’s way to cook. If you need something that you usually buy in a can, check The Food Network's web site to find out how to make it from scratch. (Minimalist's tip: If you have a computer, you don't need cookbooks! That's a real space saver.)
Green Tip: The garbage that is created from packaging fills up a large percentage of our landfills. Tin is no longer mined in the US. So if it doesn’t get recycled it is lost to us and increases our dependence on foreign goods.