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Currently on sale @ Winco, $1.68 /10 oz can, usually nets about 8 oz of meat.

I'm finding, in my situation, that canned chicken is amazing. Easy way to get some protein, shelf stable for over a year, easy to add to just about anything (salads, pasta, tortillas/burritos,etc). Sodium is lower on the Winco brand than I've seen in other varieties, with no chunks of fat or other remnants. The chicken is in some good sized chunks, with smaller chunks to make up the remaining weight. Of course, it's fully cooked, so no need for heating. Add it to some canned beans for a quick high protein, no cooking required meal...

Chicken is usually around 2$/lb, so, roughly 3$/lb for shelf stable chicken that doesn't require refrigeration, is a win for me. Yeah, it weighs a lot more, and takes up more space than freeze dried or dehydrated chicken, but at a fraction of the price.

It does have that traditional canned smell (like tuna), but it does actually taste like chicken.

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Whats the sodium content though?

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Whats the sodium content though?


The Winco brand was lower compared to the other brands I was looking at, but not that low. There are low/no sodium added canned chicken, but I haven't been able to find any locally, and the cost of ordering it online makes it not that great of a deal.

I wanna say it was ~250mg/10% RDV for a 2 oz serving, BUT, that includes the water weight, so if you're not drinking the water, you're also not getting a lot of the salt. I don't know how much salt is in the chicken vs in the water, but it should be equal. So, if you're losing 2-4oz of weight in water, you're also only getting 3-4 servings of sodium, and not 5.. (10 oz can, 2 oz servings)... Similarly, the protein is in the chicken, not the water... So, straining the chicken well should reduce the sodium by quite a bit.

If you wanted to further reduce the sodium, you can dump the water that's in there, and put more water in and let it sit for a bit, which will draw salt out of the chicken, but that's a waste of water in a SHTF situation.

Even if 1 can is 50% (probably closer to 35% when you strain out the water) of your RDV for sodium intake, it has 55g of protein.... So, that's a HUGE boost in situations where calories and protein are gonna be in relatively short supply.

It's not optimal, for sure. But comparing 3$/lb for a ready to eat product vs 10$/lb (or more) for a product that requires prep... Is a good trade off, IMO. You always sacrifice something for convenience... You can get no salt added/salt free beans (like I do) and mix them together. While the salt free beans are normally bland as hell, the added sodium from the chicken makes them taste a LOT better....


I'm always looking for better options, and definitely not saying my option is the best for everyone....



Edit: It appears Hormel no salt added, which only has 80mg (3%RDV) of sodium per serving, is available at Walmart, for $1.44/5 ounces. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hormel-Premi ... z/10801001

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