Chefs everywhere are screaming obscenities at the Hotcan – a self-heating can that provides users with a hot meal in minutes without the need for a microwave or kitchen (or chef) , anywhere, anytime. It is a can of food surrounded by an outer can, where the space between the two cans contains water sachet (at the top) and granular limestone. Simply insert the spike into three holes on the can’s top rim, the water sachet gets pierced—and water then flows into the limestone. The reaction between water and limestone produces heat—warming up the food in the can to a temperature of 60-70 degrees Celsius, within 8-12 minutes, and stays hot for up to 45 minutes. Hotcan comes in a variety of flavors, : bangers & beans, chilli mac, vegetable chilli, chicken curry with rice, beans with balls, cheese ravioli in tomato sauce, and creamy rice pudding.
We can see the Hotcan making headway in military conditions, and of course, campers would love the convenience behind this strange-yet-ready-to-eat can of warm food, but truly, we hesitate to eat a self-heated blob of food from a can without further investigation. We’ll have to try one out for ourselves to decide if this is actually as disgusting as it sounds. On the plus side, you can purchase a Hotcan and keep it for 5 years before consuming thanks to its 5 year shelf life.
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