This is a very useful tip suggested to me by one of my first-degree uni mates.  It’s quite an obscure and specific one, but it solves an age-old student dilemma: what to do with half-consumed cans of baked beans.

Take a look at the picture to the right. The can of dee-lish Heinz baked beans is almost the same size and shape as the tin of Kenco Millicano next to it.

The two staple components of my diet
beans and coffee

The bean can is half-full, because I’ve enjoyed a Beans On Toast For One.  So I could just bung it in the fridge door as is, leaving it to stink out the fridge, or construct a neat little tin foil hat for it (stylish, but like all tin foil hats, not very functional).  I might even decant the contents into a tupperware box (yeah, right).

You often hear that it’s a bad idea to leave open cans of things in the fridge – why is this? Some people say that the food will react with the metal on the inside of the can once it’s been opened, either giving it a bad taste, or causing everything from metal poisoning to botulism.  There’s plenty of discussion about this on the Internet (not exactly a surprise), but I usually just assume that it’s good for a couple of days as long as it’s covered.  You can make your own mind up about this – I ain’t doling out food hygiene advice here.

So given that I don’t have a problem with leaving things in cans for a couple of days in the fridge as long as they’re covered, imagine my joy when I learnt this neat little trick:

Take the flexible plastic lid from your empty tin of Kenco Millicano, and apply it to the top of the bean can. The lid will form a seal under the lip at the top of the can, making it airtight. Happy beans, and a non-stinky fridge. Just don’t forget about them or it will be properly gross! 2014-12-10 22.48.56-2



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