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HOW TO COOK CANNED COLLARD GREENS

If you have ever wondered what canned collard greens taste like, I will only say, you need to first find out how to cook canned collard greens, because if you season these collard greens right, you’ll be saying, “Those are the BEST collard greens I’ve ever eat!”.

I never thought I would fix collard greens any other way than by washing them and then, oh yea, washing them again. How about we wash those greens just one more time? You can see the whole process right HERE.

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HOW TO COOK CANNED COLLARD GREENS

And of course, home grown and cooked collard greens are DELICIOUS!  But who has time to do all that washing of the greens every single time? Not me. But I still LOVE the taste!

So, let’s be all about how to fix canned collard greens so that they taste good!

HERE’S A VIDEO OF WENDI FIXING SOME CANNED COLLARDS TO SHOW YOU HOW…

HOW TO SEASON CANNED COLLARD GREENS

You have some choices when seasoning your canned collard greens, and it just depends on your tastes! You can choose…

  • Smoked Turkey
  • Bacon
  • Fat Back
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Hot Sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Hot Vinegar
  • Lemon
  • sugar

Try to pick at least one seasoning that adds some FAT (the meats) and then one seasoning that adds FLAVOR (Onion or garlic – or both) and then one flavoring that adds some HEAT ( Hot sauce, cayenne) . Then, just for good measure, add a splash of some acidic something (Vinegar or lemon).

See?  Those canned collard greens are tasting better already!

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HOW TO COOK CANNED COLLARD GREENS

HOW LONG WILL CANNED COLLARD GREENS LAST?

Your canned collard greens will be good for several days if you follow my recipe below. I would throw them out after they have been in the refrigerator for 5 days though.

Simply allow them to come to room temperature after you cook them, then cover with some plastic wrap and put them in the fridge. They will probably be even better by tomorrow!

ARE CANNED COLLARD GREENS GOOD FOR ME?

ALL collard greens are good for you, including canned collard greens. Canned collards are an excellent source of fiber and calcium and even have a little protein. Canned Collard Greens are low in calories! Just be careful, like all canned foods, they already contain salt.

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CAN YOU FREEZE CANNED COLLARD GREENS?

If you have cooked up a can of collard greens but just can’t eat the rest, then yes, you can freeze them just fine. When they thaw back out, simply heat them up. You will note that when they thaw back out, they are a little mushier than they were to start with.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CANNED COLLARD GREENS

  • You will want to drain the canned collards very well before you start to cook with them.
  • Most canned collards are cut up  much smaller than what you would do at home if you were making them from scratch.
  • Typically, you will want to add the flavors that I have listed above when you are jazzing up your canned collard greens.

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THE RECIPE FOR HOW TO COOK CANNED COLLARD GREENS

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A RECIPE FOR HOW TO COOK CANNED COLLARD GREENS
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: collard greens, canned collard greens, greens
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 120kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bacon cut into 5-6 pieces each
  • 2 slices onion chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 1 28 oz can of collard greens drained well
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp white granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp hot sauce like Franks or Texas Pete
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium sized sauce pot over medium heat, add the cut up slices of bacon and allow those to cook till crispy.  Do not pour off the bacon grease.
  • Add the onion and garlic and allow to cook till fragrant and softening (about 3 minutes).
  • Pour in the drained can of collard greens, water, sugar, hot sauce and vinegar and stir well.
  • Stir frequently and continue to heat over medium heat until heated through.
  • When heated through, the greens are ready to serve, taste first and add salt and pepper until you are satisfied with the taste.  If they taste bitter at all, add more salt. Add more hot sauce, per your tastes.

Notes

  • You will want to drain the canned collards very well before you start to cook with them.
  • Most canned collards are cut up  much smaller than what you would do at home if you were making them from scratch.
  • Typically, you will want to add the flavors that I have listed above when you are jazzing up your canned collard greens.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
HOW TO COOK CANNED COLLARD GREENS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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NotParticularlyAVeggieLover

Monday 4th of May 2020

I have SO MANY huge cans of both mustard and mixed collard greens sitting in my pantry. I don’t typically care for them myself, but I know my new hubby loves them! My grandmother used to make (what everyone else thought🙂!) were amazing greens, so I text my Aunt and she gave me ingredients but couldn’t give me amounts. Your recipe up There looks spot on to hers! Excited to try cooking a “new” veggie, and I know the hubs will be excited to have something different! (I only Know how to cook about three different veggies 😬🙂) Thank you!

Wendi Spraker

Monday 4th of May 2020

I'm so tickled to help! By the way, I have a LOT of recipes here for canned veggies. I have found over the years that people just don't know how to "doctor up" canned veggies the way that I grew up eating them. So, here are the recipes. :) Enjoy.

Jenna

Saturday 4th of April 2020

These taste JUST like grandma Alma’s East Texas home style recipe. They are the best I have ever had. Thank you for making it so easy.

Donna

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Some ideas! Thank you so much!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 4th of April 2020

Hi Jenna! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I'm glad they remind you of your grandma, that warms my heart!

Jennifer

Saturday 28th of March 2020

First time making collard greens and this was so good that I think this is now my new fav veggie and way to cook it! Even my fam liked it and they are hard to please! Next time I'd like to try fresh.

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 28th of March 2020

Wow! Jennifer! That's great! I've got a recipe on here for the fresh ones and it is SOOO good. I review how to wash the leaves (if you get the garden fresh leaves) and the store also offers them in prewashed and cut (I recommend that, because washing them is a pain. lol). Thanks for leaving me a comment! I appreciate it so much!

Anthony Rice sr

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

Can I do this recipe by using a crockpot

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

Yes, use all of the ingredients and put in the crockpot on low for 6 hours or high for 3-4

Randy

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

i can t wait to do this with a couple canns of this funy veggie. Since I moved to the South, i figured i needed to sample some Southern foods and Collard Greens is certainly one!

thanks much for the ideas. Now I have to go buy bacon. Baon where I am iw $8/lb. Isn't that stupid?

Sica B

Monday 16th of November 2020

@Randy, I know this comment is very late--also, know that precooked bacon and real bacon bits are often actually cheaper. I use bacon bits in place of bacon pieces most of the time, and things turn out fine. Easier too

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 23rd of May 2019

Hi Randy! Yes, I agree, the price of bacon is CRAZY! But hey, look around at the grocery and even ask someone, it's worth the time. Often our groceries here in the south have "Bacon ends and pieces" that come packaged together. These are PERFECT for seasoning vegetables with! They are simply the imperfectly cut bacon strips. Personally, I don't care if the bacon I'm putting in my veggies is pretty or not, especially if I can save about 1/2! Take care Randy!

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