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Oct 31, 2006 09:00 PM

No. 10 Can? [moved from General Topics]

I know what a No. 10 can refers to as far as what the size of the can looks like, but where did that classification/standard come from, who came up with it, what is the logic behind it? Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks.

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  1. Good question you had me curious, but only source of information seems to be Wikpedia.

    1. What I know is that all cans have a standard number; most people know #5 and #10 size, but little cans that we would call 14 or 28 oz have numbers too, like 303 etc. I would guess it was originally determined by some government agency.

      1. I googled this a bit further and found a few interesting websites, which left me MORE confused then when I started!!! But the general consensus seems to be, a #10 can holds approximately 12 cups, or 6 pounds, and if you ask again we're gonna smash-a-you-face-in.

        The math doesn't make sense no matter how I look at it (its not like, gee, #10 means there are exactly 10 cups or something easy)... so, there is some fascinating reading about the history and production of cans, if nothing else.....

        Perhaps you are better off just singing the ShopRite "Can-Can' jingle and slowly walking away......

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        1. re: Sethboy

          This web site has a pretty reasonable sounding explanation. Whether it's true or not is another question.

        2. I have no idea whatsoever what any of it means. But in my cookbook collection I have a little one my mom made when she was in home ec class many years ago and gave to my grandma. It's called "Tried and True," and is basically a bunch of 4x6 recipe cards punched and strung on a couple of rings. On the very first card inside of the cover Gram wrote the following:

          Size & Contents of Cans

          No 1 Can-- 1 1/3 c.
          No 2 Can-- 2 2/3 c--
          No 2 1/2 Can-- 3 3/5 Cup--
          No 3 Can-- 4 c--
          No 10 Can-- 13 3/4 c.