Notice that when you read the data sheets, the items listed are approved
for use as coatings on paper containers and as the gasket on cans. Not
the lining on the can, just the gasket area where the lid is seamed onto
The pallets and boxes were labelled "enamel" and we had to make certain
that the lids and cans were of the same coating. I also had to work
with the quality control department to make sure that the stamped codes
on the cans were not cutting through or cracking the coating on the
inside of the lids.
This is the application of an organic coating to create a barrier
between the steel and its contents (filling) and the external
environment (atmosphere). The flexibility of the exterior coating
depends on the type of can or component being manufactured. The interior
coating depends on the kind of product and processing environment. This
will influence the thickness of the coating too. Tinplate food and
beverage cans are internally lacquered to prevent chemical action
between the filling and the can wall and to prevent metal dissolution
into the filling. For dry contents (interior) and the exterior of cans,
tinplate provides sufficient protection and does not need lacquering.
For white fruits and sometimes tomato based fillings the can walls are
unlacquered to allow low level tin dissolution which preserves the
original color of the filling.
Zinc oxide and other zinc compounds in an enamel lining were found to
prevent discoloration of canned corn by "corn black" or zinc sulphide.
To quote Ronald Reagan, "There you go again!" Loose verbiage.
Lacquer, from Wiki:
"The term lacquer originates from the Portuguese word for lac, a type
of resin excreted from certain insects. Regardless, in modern
usage, lac-based varnishes are referred to as shellac, while lacquer
refers to other polymers dissolved in volatile organic compounds
(VOCs), such as nitrocellulose, and later acrylic compounds dissolved
in lacquer thinner, a mixture of several solvents typically containing
butyl acetate and xylene or toluene."
Please note "other polymers" and acrylic. The lining of cans is
plastic. Just deal with it.
If you apply direct flame to a can lid the coating bubbles like a
Smokes like a petroleum product.
Regardless, the stuff leaches into the food and no good can come from
I've tried the good stuff (Del Monte) and the store brand and it looks
like all cans are lined these days.
Further, you dump the contents in a tupperware and then throw it in
the microwave and 3 minutes later you have a DNA altering supper.
Nevermind the product itself is injected with soy derivatives,
fructose and an endless stream of chemicals, coloring, flavoring,
Veritable accumulative timebombs.
Recently I read that your skin is the largest organ and a major
exposure to unnecessary chemicals comes during your daily shower and
the things you apply to yourself, shampoos, conditioners, body washes,
etc. as well as the stuff in the water itself.
I've eliminated most of that stuff and currently wash everything with
Ivory bar soap until I can get a handle on making my own soap from
natural stuff, but it looks like a major pain to do that. We have a
whole house RO and a 3 stage filtration system, but we are connected
to the county water and I've heard all kinds of horror stories about
that stuff - that no filtration system can deal with - discarded
medicines, urine estrogen, etc. Its like an onion, the more you peel
away the more you find.
In no particular order:
- RO does filter out everything you need be concerned about -
essentially everything is filtered out.
- try Dr. Bonner's soap
- there is no such thing as a complete polymerization - there are
always monomers left over. All monomers are carcinogens (then again,
life is a carcinogen - no dead animals get cancer)
- the stuff you apply in a shower isn't a big deal unless you don't
wash it out/off
- there are no guarantees in life. Deal with the bigger stuff, and
don't sweat the small stuff. That will keep you alive and healthy
longer than obsessing over health.
Well that's good to know about the cans because I was concerned about
leaving some canned opened apple juice in the fridge and a little
metal leaching out. I swear by glass.
Pop tarts... ah yes, you put those in the toaster and get them all
nice warm and toasty, and then savour them when they pop out.
If you want to send over a hacksaw to Ottawa that will be fine.
Last night I made a load of my legendary apple crisp with a big can of
sliced apples, generic store brand.
The inside of the can appeared to NOT be lined.
Took it to the garage and put the torch to it...ta-daaaa, no lining!
So some companies are still doing it the old way.
Yeah, seeds is where its at for cash crops, specially if they are
heirloom quality, with a proven track record.
Might even set up a 'lil ol' greenhouse.
Going to the PO today, have to fill out a customs form on you.
2 for ya'll and 2 for your friends/fambly.
We always get tomato plants coming up from last year's crop. This
year we are letting them grow. We want to see that we get. There
might be some interesting cross-pollinating going on.
Big problem with early blight in this area. Some people are blaming
Bonny. We don't have it and are keeping our fingers crossed.
The plants we had last year had to go because they were where my new
deck is now.
However the ones we do have now, in a different location, will be left
as is and maybe next year they'll resprout.
We have about 40 strawberry plants that were already here when we got
here and they keep providing fruit each year, but the dam raccoons get
them the day before they are ready to pick. Next year I'm gonna dust
them with habenaro powder early on. >:-)
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