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Buying empty sardine cans

We are going to put house smoked mackerel on the menu at the restaurant that I work at, and were thinking about serving the fish out of little tins like the ones you buy at the supermarket. Anyone know where you can order these online?

I live in Montreal, so if anyone can suggest a retail store where I can get them in person, even better. Thanks

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  1. Where/how does Martin Picard get his stuff canned???

    1. I don't think you can buy them in the state you want them in. They are basically fabricated during the tinning process out of at least two parts, the tub and the top. I suspect that the top and tub are crimped together during tinning and that the uncrimped tub has a sharp metal edge in it's "raw" state.

      1. I would say it would be easier--and I bet cheaper--to just buy canned sardines, use them in some preparation, and then save the cans.

        1. I went to a nice hotel restaurant that served soup tableside from a can that had their own "Campbell's" looking label on it with the restaurant's name written on it. They just washed the cans and then stuck the paper label around it each time they used it. There were no tops on the cans, but it still looked pretty cool.

          1. I thought of asking at PDC where they get their cans but haven't had the chance yet. I have maybe 15 can of anchovies and thought about using those cans, but what am I going to do with 15 cans of anchovies at one time? Also, I was kinda hoping to find some cans that didn't have any logos or anything on them. I think you do have a point escondido - I'm probably not going to find anything cheaper anyway. Thanks for the tips, and if anyone has any other ideas, let me know!

            1. It's probably too late... I stumbled on these when I was shopping.


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              1. re: cutipie721

                Wow! Maybe late, but you nailed it, cutipie721!!! (I don't personally have any need for sardine cans, but thanks for reminding me why I love the Interwebs.)

                1. re: cutipie721

                  They are terrific! I hope dbocking sees this.
                  I, for one, am really excited to have a new resource - they have some really nice goodies.

                  1. re: cutipie721

                    Thanks cutiepie! The dish I had the cans in miod for has come and gone off the menu, but i"m glad I now know were to find them if I ever think about doing it again. And the rest of the site looks interesting to. Cheers!

                    1. re: dbocking

                      "has come and gone off the menu"

                      I figured as much ;-) Cheers.

                    2. re: cutipie721

                      OMG, a few months ago I was driving myself crazy looking for a broiler-safe (for more than a few minutes) individual cooking/serving dish and discovered there aren't any ... but looky there, they have a 2-handled mini saute pain in stainless steel: my preferred material! Of course it is almost twice as much as the Emile Henry only-safe-for-a-couple-minutes mini piepans I ended up with, AND they are out of stock, but still...

                      I wonder who these are made by. I found some minis by Mauviel and Demeyere just now:



                      Then again, for only occasional use, one could also buy these! They are intended as a kids set but they are 18/8 stainless steel, LOL

                        1. re: blue room

                          OMG-I didn't open the link all the way and so thought they were $85 each!!