In a Pinch: Food Yields

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Common can sizes

8 ounces can

  • Weight
    8 ounces
  • 1 cup
  • Products
    Fruits, vegetables, specialties for small families

Picnic can

  • Weight
    10-1/2 to 12 ounces
  • 1-1/4 cups
  • Products
    Mainly condensed soups. Some fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, specialties.

12 ounces vacuum can

  • Weight
    12 ounces
  • 1-1/2 cups
  • Products
    Mainly for vacuum-packed corn.

Number 300 can

  • Weight
    14 to 16 ounces
    (14 ounces to 1 pound)
  • 1-3/4 cups
  • Products
    Pork and beans, baked beans, meat products, cranberry sauce, blueberries, specialties.

Number 303 can

  • Weight
    16 to 17 ounces
    (1 pound To 1 pound 1 ounces)
  • 2 cups
  • Products
    Principal size for fruits and vegetables. Also some meat products, ready-to-serve soups, specialties.

Number 2 can

  • Weight
    20 ounces (1 pound 4 ounces)
    or 18 fluid ounces ( 1 pint 2 fluid ounces)
  • 2-1/2 cups
  • Products
    Juices, ready-to-serve soups, some specialties, pineapple, apple slices. No longer in popular use for most fruits and vegetables.

Number 2-1/2 can

  • Weight
    27 to 29 ounces
    (1 pound 11 ounces to 1 pound 13 ounces)
  • 3-1/2 cups
  • Products
    Fruits, some vegetables (pumpkin, sauerkraut, spinach and other greens, tomatoes).

Number 3 cylinder or 46 fluid ounces can

  • Weight
    51 ounces (3 pounds 3 ounces)
    or 46 fluid ounces (1 quart to 14 fluid ounces)
  • 5-3/4 cups
  • Products
    Fruit and vegetable juices, pork and beans, Institutional size for condensed soups, some vegetables

Number 10 can

  • Weight
    6-1/2 pound to 7 pound 5 ounces
  • 12 to 13 cups
  • Products
    Institutional size for fruits, vegetables and some other foods

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