What is Canned Bread – Brown Bread, Raisin Bread, White Bread

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Canned bread. Ever heard of it? Thinking about trying it?

This unusual gem can be found just sitting on the shelf in the store, online (like Amazon) or you can make it at home.

The most popular is the B&M Brown Bread with Raisins in a 16-ounce can. If you are ever thinking about trying it, I’d suggest this one hands down. Dense, moist, and made from natural ingredients, B&M’s brown bread is a solid ready-to-eat representative of the classic New England dish.

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What Is Canned Brown Bread?

So, what exactly is canned brown bread, you ask?

It is a moist, delectable loaf that seamlessly marries wholesome goodness with a touch of nostalgia.

It’s kind of a culinary masterpiece in a way….. but definitely a pantry staple and a surprisingly versatile treat that tantalizes taste buds in ways you never thought possible.

In 1928, the canning company B&M started manufacturing canned and steamed brown bread. They later added a version of canned brown bread with raisins.

Canned bread can also be found in Eastern Europe, Japan and other parts of the world.

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What Does Canned Brown Bread Taste Like?

There are two different flavor types:

  1. original brown bread
  2. brown bread with raisins

Both flavors have a heavier cake-like richness with a perfectly balanced blend of whole wheat and a hint of sweetness. Because of the canning process, 9 out of 10 times the loaves will be moist straight out of the can.

Canned brown bread is full-bodied, earthy, and more like cake than actual bread. The brown bread with raisins is a nice little chewy candied addition, especially if you like raisins.

How to Use Canned Bread

sliced brown canned bread toasted with butter

Canned brown bread is not just a one-trick pony. Beyond its delightful taste, it’s a culinary chameleon, seamlessly adapting to various roles in your kitchen.

  • toast it
  • out of the can sliced with slather with butter, jam, cream cheese
  • use for sandwiches that defy the ordinary
  • transform it into croutons
  • make unique French toast
  • bread pudding


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A little history – canned bread started over in New England and the traditional way to eat is was toasted with a side of baked beans with hotdogs. Not a richly meal, but very filling and affordable. This traditional way of eating it is still the way some prefer to have it today.

new england canned bread brown beans hotdogs

How Long Does Canned Brown Bread Last?

One of the many wonders of canned brown bread lies in its resilience against the hands of time. Sealed in a can, it boasts an impressive shelf life, making it the perfect addition to your emergency pantry stash. No need to worry about freshness; just crack open a can, and you’re greeted with the same sumptuous taste and texture, whether it’s been weeks or months since you first stored it.

Intrigued? Dive into the world of canned brown bread—a culinary revelation that combines convenience, flavor, and longevity, all in one can. Your taste buds will thank you, and your kitchen will never be the same again.

Making Canned Brown Bread At Home

If you’d like to try out canning bread on your own at home, you can check out this article on canning brown bread.

Or if you’d like to try out canning white bread, canned bread in a jar.

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Can your own bread using our recipe for Canned Bread – Quick White Bread In a Jar >




~~ And as always friends, take care, be kind to yourself and others, and always keep learning to be better and do better.


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