When you search for emergency food you will find the majority of vendors sell their goods in a variety of container sizes like a pouch, bucket, and the #10 can. Here are a few frequently asked questions regarding the #10 can and I hope it will assist you with getting prepared.
What is #10 can?
When referring to #10 can, think of a metal can of coffee that you might see at your local grocery stores or if you ever worked in the food industry you might have had the opportunity to see a #10 can in the back room.
What does #10 can mean?
The term "#10" does not mean that the contents will weigh 10 pounds, the #10 refers to the type of can. The actual weight and volume of the contents will vary depending on the product. On average, the #10 can will hold 109 oz. To help you visualize, your average soup can is #2 can. To get the same amount of food as one #10 can you would have to have a total of 5.32 soup cans to have the same amount of volume as the #10 can.
How Big is a #10 can?
I always get asked this question on the size of a #10 can because people are wondering about storage. Depending on how your house is set up you might have the ability to store 7” tall cans in your cupboards, but many people will need a dedicated shelf in their basement or storage room that can fit the #10 can.
Do you have to eat all the contents of the can soon after you open it?
That is a great thing with the freeze dried food; You don’t have to worry about eating everything in a day or weeks. With our #10 cans you will receive a lid that will assist you in prolonging the shelf life of your food.
How long does it last once it is opened, and will I need to be stored inside of a refrigerator once opened?
Once you do open your #10 can it will still render an amazing open shelf life. We have recommended having the contents consumed within a 6-12 month period. When the contents are hydrated you will have to treat it like your standard leftovers, but if the food is not hydrated then you could keep the contents in the can with the provided lid for 6-12 months.
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