How to Seal #10 Cans: A Definitive Guide - Levapack

How to Seal 10 Cans



You’ve probably heard of #10 cans if you want to stockpile emergency food for the long term. A #10 can (pronounced “ten pounds can”) is a food-storage size can. The term “ten pounds can” refers to the weight of the contents of the can, which varies depending on what you keep within.

Can sealers, both manual and electric, are available for sealing open top cans. Sealers are available for cans ranging in size from 4 oz. to 105 oz. Hand-powered sealers should be securely fastened or attached to a solid table or bench.In this article, we take a look at how to seal #10 cans.

What is a Number 10 Can

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When you hear the word #10, what springs to mind? It’s a simple misunderstanding, yet many people mistakenly believe it indicates the object weighs ten pounds!

A #10 can is a special sort of can in which the volume and weight of the contents varies according to the product. Are you looking for the best way to store your food? It’s an excellent option, and #10 cans should be included in your 7-day emergency food supply.

The term “ten pound can” refers to the weight of the contents of the can, which varies depending on what you keep within. Rather, #10 designates a conventional size measuring around 6 316 x 7 inches and containing 104-117 fluid ounces (approx. 3 to 3.5 liters). The can itself is about 9 ounces in weight. Cans come in a variety of conventional sizes. Most commercial soups, for example, come in #2 cans that hold 16 fl. oz.

What are 10 Cans Made From

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Tinplate, which is steel covered in a thin layer of tin, is used to make the majority of #10 cans. Tinplate is also known as electrolytic tin-coated steel since it is made by an electrolytic deposition process. Tin-coated steel is extremely durable, non-toxic, and non-corrosive. To form a barrier between the food and the can, tinplate cans are occasionally lined with a substance such as acrylic or R enamel.

This helps to prevent corrosion by preventing contact with the metal. Dry foods should only be stored in unlined cans. Other materials, like aluminum or stainless steel, are occasionally used to make cans. These, on the other hand, are uncommon and are not suggested for food storage.

What Can you Store in #10 Cans

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Any meal may theoretically be preserved in a #10 can. #10 cans can also be used to store non-food goods like ammunition. #10 cans, on the other hand, are typically reserved for dry canning (storing non-perishable dry foods like beans and grains).

Wet foods are widely available in commercially packaged #10 cans. Wet foods and liquids, on the other hand, are difficult to store in #10 cans. Because most #10 cans sold for DIY metal canning are not lined, this is the case.

The #10 cans will corrode over time because they aren’t lined (or are lined with a substance that isn’t suitable with damp goods). Rust will infiltrate your meal, causing holes to form and the contents to flow out.

Types of #10 Can Sealers

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Manual Sealer

Hand-operated can sealers are designed for continuous usage and work by pressing the lid down on the can using a hand crank or flywheel. These open top can sealers are designed for heavy-duty use and can be used on a variety of can sizes. Two sets of rollers lock the lid to the can and then tighten and smooth the seam, while a spinning base supports the can during sealing. In hardware and paint stores, lid press sealers are commonly used to seal paint cans. These sealers can be used to seal a range of paint can sizes and can be attached to a bench or desk.

Electric Sealer

An electric can sealer is a less manual method for sealing your cans. These sealers work similarly to their manual counterparts and can also be used on open top cans. Electric models have the advantage of being able to handle a higher volume more consistently because they are not reliant on an operator to continually turning a crank. These machines can handle a variety of can sizes and are often portable, making them an excellent alternative for small-scale production or home canning.


We hope this article has been helpful in answering your #10 can sealer questions. Contact us at Levapack for more information about can packaging or get can sealers for sale.

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