After you’ve eaten through your food storage, you’re left with a number of empty cans. Now what? We collect a few ideas on what to do with that #10 can.
You can use your leftover food storage cans for a variety of purposes. Here are a few:
The #10 can is a great option for indoor gardening and growing. Be sure to puncture a few small holes in the bottom of the can before you plant anything inside of them. This will ensure that the water drains correctly.
Believe it or not, there are a few recipes specifically for baking inside of a can.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar or turbinado sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/3 cup mashed bananas
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease four soup or vegetable tin cans with cooking spray. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt and stir. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs, vanilla, and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture, until just moistened. Pour batter evenly into 4 greased soup or vegetable tin cans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until skewer inserted in middle comes out clean. Allow bread to cool in cans. After cooling, pour bread out of the can, slice, smear with butter (optional), eat, and enjoy. Or you can wrap it up and give it away. (If you don't give it away the same day it was baked, you will need to store in a sealed container or bag in the refrigerator to maintain freshness. You can store it up to 3 days in refrigerator or 2 weeks in the freezer. If placing in freezer, take the bread out of the can to freeze and return to cleaned can when presenting.)
With a simple can opener and candles, you can create an effective lantern. Be sure to wash out the can first. You can use the pointed edge of the can opener to puncture holes in the sides of the can. Place the candle inside the can and it becomes a lantern with direction-light. You can also add handles or sidebars to take the light on the go.
Some people have even used a small nail to create designs on the sides of their lanterns
This advice comes from CountryLiving.com.
Four 6-inch-length wire-core wicks, primed
4 wick holders
4 tin cans, approximately 4 inches deep and 2 inches wide
2.5 ounces stearin
1 disk wax dye, if desired
1.5 pounds paraffin wax
1. Insert a length of primed wick into each wick holder and place a wick in the center of each tin.
2. In the top of a double boiler over medium heat, melt the stearin and wax dye, if using.
3. Add the wax. Melt and mix thoroughly. Heat to 190 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Anchor the wicks in the tins by pouring enough wax into each tin to cover about 1/2 inch of each wick. Allow the wax to cool for about 30 minutes.
5. Wrap the end of the wicks around tie rods and rest the rods on the tops of the containers. Take up any slack in the wicks and center them within the tins. Be careful not to dislodge the anchors.
6. Reheat the wax to 190 degrees Fahrenheit and fill the tins to within 1/2 inch of the top. Allow to cool for one hour.
7. If the wax settles, reheat the remaining wax to 190 degrees Fahrenheit and top off the candles as necessary.
8. Cool for several hours or overnight. Remove the tie rods, trim the wicks to 1/4 inch, and the candles are ready to light.
DesignSponge.com has a great tutorial on how to create a pincushion out of a smaller can - like a tuna or cat food can.
1 Small tin can
1 Piece of fabric, approx. 8” x 8”
Handful of poly-fil
Small piece of gift wrap or other decorative paper
Blade and straight edge for cutting paper
1. Carefully remove label from outside of can.
2. Trace label onto your piece of decorative paper, adding 1/2″ to the length for overlap.
3. Attach to can with one small strip of double-stick tape, and overlap ends with a second piece of tape.
4. Place a handful of poly-fil in the center of your fabric square, gathering the ends to create a loose ball shape.
5. Line the inside rim of the can with hot glue and insert the fabric/poly-fil ball, with raw edges going into the bottom of the can.
6. Tuck in fabric until it is taut. insert pins.
There is also a recipe for tin can sandwich bread:
Tin Can Sandwich Bread
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
salt to taste
1/4 cup finely minced sun-dried tomato
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1 package (or 1 tablespoon) yeast
Mix all ingredients to create dough
Spray insides of two tall tomato-juice-size cans
Divide dough and place in cans
Cover cans and let rise for an hour
Place cans in cold oven
Turn oven on to 400 degrees and allow bread to heat inside oven for 15 minutes
After 15 minutes, turn oven down to 350
Let bake for 15 more minutes at 350
Let cool and enjoy!
Be sure to check out our selection of cans and other food storage items for a more complete preparation.