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No. 10 Can? [moved from General Topics]

Non Cognomina Oct 31, 2006 09:00 PM

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. monku RE: Non Cognomina Nov 14, 2006 04:55 AM

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

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard...

    1. coll RE: Non Cognomina Nov 14, 2006 11:44 AM

      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.

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        Sethboy RE: Non Cognomina Feb 2, 2007 09:23 PM

        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.....

        http://www.cancentral.com/standard.cf...

        http://www.amescompany.com/CAN_SIZES.htm

        http://whatscookingamerica.net/Inform...

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

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          tony michaels RE: Sethboy Feb 3, 2007 04:29 PM

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

          http://www.ochef.com/1032.htm

        2. revsharkie RE: Non Cognomina Feb 3, 2007 10:18 AM

          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.

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