I have been in the habit of throwing unpeirced tin cans into a saucepan of water - usually two on their sides and bringing the pan slowly to the boil
simmering for a while and then opening the cans and eating the food.
This saves on washing up and allows the cooking of two or more ingredients in one saucepan - you also have the pan of hot water left over for doing the washing up with
I put a film up of this technique on the bottom of my website Keep Turning Left
and also mentioned this idea on a british yachting forum
the next thing I knew was I got this posting from an illustrious and well respected UK yachting journalist quoting me
'cooking food in the cans - just boil them in the saucepan surrounded by water - they have never yet exploded - let them cool a little - and serve straight from the tin - no washing up'
I'm concerned that you've published this tip twice recently. I agree, boiling a can in a kettle is a good idea but please, please, put a hole in the top first. Water wont get in 'cos the internal pressure is pushing steam out - simple physics. But a school contemporary of mine is probably still recovering from the results of a tin of baked beans blowing up in a pan of boiling water.
I sat on the naughty step for a while. Then decided to ask a higher authority
namely the denizens of sailnet to see if I could find anyone -anywhere - who has managed to explode a tin can by immersing it in boiling water.
Needless to say if you put a tin can on an open fire something like this will happen -
YouTube - Being Stupid 101 - Exploding Tomato Soup Can
but is just boiling them on a single ring on the slug a physical manifestation of my own death wish?
So has anyone witnessed an exploding can - or is this an urban myth/old wives tale?