By Matthew Yglesias
What’s the deal with canned peas? Frozen peas are like fresh peas except more convenient and slightly less flavorful. That’s a tradeoff we can believe in. Canned peas are like frozen peas except they’re disgusting. What’s the point? Admittedly, decades ago freezers didn’t exist so everything had to be either fresh or canned. But those days are long gone. Who’s buying this garbage? Is the entire market sustained by people concerned about surviving a nuclear war? And why do much-more-reasonable canned beans and canned tomatoes of the world not rise up in rebellion against the bad name canned peas are giving to canned goods everywhere?