The tin can was first used much further back than most of us would have ever thought. Regardless of when it was invented, I can't imagine life without canned goods today.
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Peter Durand received the first patent for the tin can. However, Nicholas Appert from France was the first person to preserve food by packing it in glass jars. He would then cook the food for a few hours until it was sterilized.
Durand applied the same method with his tin can. He placed food in a container and sealed it. Next, he placed the container in cold water and gradually brought it to a boil. Finally, he opened the lid slightly and then sealed it again.
He originally got the idea from Philippe de Girard, also from France. Girard communicated his idea to Durand and used him as an agent to help patent it. However, Durand’s name was the only one visible on the patent, which was granted by King George III in 1810.
I got this surprising story from Listverse, so if there is a problem with it...blame them. I never knew it was patented that long ago.
Coffee out on the patio if it's dry enough, in the kitchen if it's not.