the can

Since prehistoric times, mankind has found ways to make food last longer. Fermentation, pickling, drying and preservation are good examples.

Which brings me to an interesting point. Did you know that “the can” was invented during war time to feed the troops?

The availability of tin canned food was instrumental in nourishing troops during war time. According to credit goes to Nicholas Appert. He initially experimented with champagne bottles and eventually canned foods, creating a vacuum and retorting to preserve food.

I know, I know in today’s world, there are issues with tin cans and BPA. Ugh! However, there are many brands that are using BPA free cans.

Or, better yet, why don’t you start canning or preserving your own food in glass jars?

Regardless, next time you open a tin can, give thanks to Appert for his invention!


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