Canned meat fans scarce in NOLA

Ration frustration spurred new food technology

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On October 26, 1920, the City of New Orleans announced it would sell off 50,000 tons of vintage canned roast beef.

And that wasn’t the only potentially edible item that residents were invited to purchase from retail stations set up in firehouses. Among the other army surplus foods offered were years-old canned bacon, tomatoes, and “tremendous stocks” of jam. “Prices, it is said, will be considerably under the present retail quotations,” The Times-Picayune reassured its readers.

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