Historic (rec.food.historic) Discussing and discovering how food was made and prepared way back when--From ancient times down until (& possibly including or even going slightly beyond) the times when industrial revolution began to change our lives.

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This is an expanded version of a post I made to
rec.food.cooking on May 15, 2006. The information in the
original post emanated from an undated old booklet from the
American Can Company. I am now adding can sizes found in the
same company’s “A Word About Tin Cans” (also undated). Again,
my intent is to preserve this information for those who may
need it when using old recipes (or receipts g). Note that
although they were called “tin cans”, the cans were actually
made of steel. Also note that there are a few discrepancies,
so read this carefully and use your judgment....


Common Can Sizes:

No. 1/4 Flat Can: 4 3/4 oz, ca 1/2 cup; used for meat spreads.

No. 1/2 Flat Can: 7 3/4 oz to 8 1/2 oz, ca 1 cup; used mainly
for salmon.

No. 1 Tall Can: 12 to 16 oz, ca 2 cups; used for salmon,
fruit cocktail and fruits.

No. 2 Can: 1 lb 2 oz to 1 lb 8 oz, ca 2 1/2 cups; used mainly
for vegetables, fruits and juices.

No. 2 1/2 Can: 1 lb 10 oz to 2 lbs 3 oz, ca 3 1/2 cups; used
primarily for fruits, but spinach, tomatoes, sauerkraut, beets
and pumpkin are also packed in it.

No. 3: 1 lb 15 oz to 2 lb 4 oz, 4 cups; by the time “A Word
About Tin Cans” came out, commercial packers had pretty much
stopped using this size.

No. 3 Cylinder: same as No. 5 Can (the 6-cup one).

No. 3 Squat: 1 lb 2 oz, 2 3/4 cups; used for vacuum-packed
foods, including beets, corn, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

No. 5 Can: 3 lbs, 9 oz (47 to 48 oz), ca 6 cups; used for juices.

No. 5 (note that this differs from above--beware!): 3 lb 6 oz
to 4 lb 5 oz, 7 1/3 cups; by the time “A Word About Tin Cans”
came out, this size was used almost exclusively by home canners.

No. 8 Z Short: 7 oz to 9 1/4 oz, 1 cup; used for fruits,
vegetables, soups, fish.

No. 8 Z Tall: 7 3/4 to 10 1/4 oz; 1 cup; used for the same
items as 8 Z Short.

No. 10 Can: 6 to 8 lbs, ca 13 cups; used for vegetables and
fruits. Commonly called institutional or restaurant size and
not ordinarily available in stores.

No. 300: 13 oz to 1 lb 2 oz, 1 3/4 cups; mainly used for
specialties like pork and beans, tomato juice, and spaghetti

Picnic No. 1 East: 9 1/2 to 13 oz, 1 1/4 cups; used mainly in
cities for fruits and vegetables. Also used for soups.

12 oz: 12 oz, 1 2/3 cups; mainly used for tomato juice and
oysters.
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Thank you Jean, for keeping track of this. In older community cookbooks,
I'll hit references to can sizes, and have to look at several quantity
cookbooks for a reference. Or maybe an old Joy of Cooking?


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-Mark H. Zanger
author, The American History Cookbook, The American Ethnic Cookbook for
Students
www.ethnicook.com
www.historycook.com

"Jean B." wrote in message
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This is an expanded version of a post I made to rec.food.cooking on May
15, 2006. The information in the original post emanated from an undated
old booklet from the American Can Company. I am now adding can sizes
found in the same company’s “A Word About Tin Cans” (also undated).
Again, my intent is to preserve this information for those who may need it
when using old recipes (or receipts g). Note that although they were
called “tin cans”, the cans were actually made of steel. Also note that
there are a few discrepancies, so read this carefully and use your
judgment....


Common Can Sizes:

No. 1/4 Flat Can: 4 3/4 oz, ca 1/2 cup; used for meat spreads.

No. 1/2 Flat Can: 7 3/4 oz to 8 1/2 oz, ca 1 cup; used mainly for salmon.

No. 1 Tall Can: 12 to 16 oz, ca 2 cups; used for salmon, fruit cocktail
and fruits.

No. 2 Can: 1 lb 2 oz to 1 lb 8 oz, ca 2 1/2 cups; used mainly for
vegetables, fruits and juices.

No. 2 1/2 Can: 1 lb 10 oz to 2 lbs 3 oz, ca 3 1/2 cups; used primarily
for fruits, but spinach, tomatoes, sauerkraut, beets and pumpkin are also
packed in it.

No. 3: 1 lb 15 oz to 2 lb 4 oz, 4 cups; by the time “A Word About Tin
Cans” came out, commercial packers had pretty much stopped using this
size.

No. 3 Cylinder: same as No. 5 Can (the 6-cup one).

No. 3 Squat: 1 lb 2 oz, 2 3/4 cups; used for vacuum-packed foods,
including beets, corn, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

No. 5 Can: 3 lbs, 9 oz (47 to 48 oz), ca 6 cups; used for juices.

No. 5 (note that this differs from above--beware!): 3 lb 6 oz to 4 lb 5
oz, 7 1/3 cups; by the time “A Word About Tin Cans” came out, this size
was used almost exclusively by home canners.

No. 8 Z Short: 7 oz to 9 1/4 oz, 1 cup; used for fruits, vegetables,
soups, fish.

No. 8 Z Tall: 7 3/4 to 10 1/4 oz; 1 cup; used for the same items as 8 Z
Short.

No. 10 Can: 6 to 8 lbs, ca 13 cups; used for vegetables and fruits.
Commonly called institutional or restaurant size and not ordinarily
available in stores.

No. 300: 13 oz to 1 lb 2 oz, 1 3/4 cups; mainly used for specialties like
pork and beans, tomato juice, and spaghetti

Picnic No. 1 East: 9 1/2 to 13 oz, 1 1/4 cups; used mainly in cities for
fruits and vegetables. Also used for soups.

12 oz: 12 oz, 1 2/3 cups; mainly used for tomato juice and oysters.
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Mark Zanger wrote:

Thank you Jean, for keeping track of this. In older community cookbooks,
I'll hit references to can sizes, and have to look at several quantity
cookbooks for a reference. Or maybe an old Joy of Cooking?


I am collecting old cookbooks and advertising booklets. I'll
try to post little tidbits that may be lost as time passes!

BTW, thank YOU for your writing! :-)

--
Jean B.


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