I thought of a really bad pun on the word "bean," but I guess I can spare you.
August 20, 2009 4:32 PM Subscribe
Why do cans of beans usually come in 19 fluid ounce cans in Canada, and 15 ounce cans in the US?
posted by synecdoche to Food & Drink (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Whenever I see American recipes that call for a can of beans, they list the can size at 15 or 15.5 ounces. All the cans I get in Ontario (and did in BC) were 19 liquid ounces. After asking on a foodie forum, I also learned that in the US, beans often include a weight in grams; my can also has a volume in millilitres. I'm curious as to why they do things differently and if my 19 fluid ounce can contains approximately the same quantity of beans as an American's 15.5 ounce can. (Note that I do not have easy access to an American can to check.)
I think that canned tomatoes might also vary between the countries, but I'm not certain. A typical can here is 19 liquid ounces.