There's a whole world beyond canned corn and tuna fish. Canned versions of unique domestic products and exotic ingredients from other cultures can also be enjoyed at affordable prices. These 17 canned specialty foods offer a taste of that global menu -- and they have the added benefit of an extended shelf life.
Snails, or escargot, are a fancy and generally pricey dish when prepared the traditional French way with garlic, herbs, and plenty of butter. This delicacy can easily be found online and in specialty stores for a fraction of the prices at restaurants -- some of which use the canned variety anyway.
Forget Cheez Whiz. Canned cheese isn't limited to cheese-like products sprayed onto crackers. Fine aged cheeses are also available. Washington State University's line of canned cheeses offers a variety of flavors from classic aged cheddar to dill garlic and chili-infused versions for less than $1 an ounce.
A German specialty food, fresh white asparagus begins to appear in early spring and figures in traditional dishes throughout the country. Cooks can use canned white asparagus and successfully get the delicate and mildly earthy flavor of the fresh version in dishes like white asparagus soup.