How can I reuse or recycle large (catering size) food cans?
Sam has emailed asking about large food cans:
I have a number of large metal food cans, some zinc lined, which are called #10 size. They hold about 5 or 6 lbs (just under 3kg) of beans, or other foods. Now that they’re empty, they are open on one end, with no plastic lid to fit them. Any ideas?
Surely I’m not the only one faced with this. I can recycle them, but would like to reuse them.
They sound like pretty big tin cans – probably similar to what we call “catering size” in the UK. I think at least some of the ideas we have for regular size tin cans could be supersized here: plant pots, candle/tea holders for several candles, or using them as a vessel for making those candles in the first place.
But are there any reuses (or upcycling ideas) that are perfect for these bigger cans? Could the can be flattened out to make anything?