Reintroducing the HotCan, the Self-Heating Food

British company HotCan rebrands their futuristic food product

Reintroducing the HotCan, the Self-Heating Food

That's right, there's a food product out there that heats itself up, no microwave or oven required. And even though HotCan has existed in the U.K. for nearly 30 years, the general public has remained unaware of this cutting-edge product until now. The company is revamping its image and launching a promotional campaign in an attempt to infuse HotCan with a new sense of life. 

So how does it work exactly? Pop off the lid, use the key to poke three holes in the space-age insulation pouch that's surrounding the tin of food inside, then open the tin and wait about 10 minutes for it to heat up. The flavors include beans and meatballs, chicken curry, cheese ravioli, spicy beef pasta, and many more. 

For now, HotCan will stick to conquering the market in the U.K., but with any luck Americans will have the opportunity to try out this nifty, futuristic product very soon. 

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Thanks for your interest in Hotcan L, you can see how the Hotcan works in the ABOUT section on our website
This is the simple explanation: Inside is a can of food surrounded by an outer can and in the space between the two cans is a water sachet and granular limestone. When you insert the activation key into the three holes in the top rim of the can this pierces the water sachet, the water then flows into the limestone and a natural reaction occurs between the limestone and water which produces heat. This warms up the food inside the can and within 8-12 minutes it will be a perfect eating temperature of 60-70°C.
The used can is also fully recyclable.
Thanks from the Hotcan Team

pazzaglia's picture

Everything old, is new again. Though I would like to know how this works. The article only explain how to make it work, not what is happening to heat the food in the can. Also interested to know if you can just recycle the can with the other metals?



Randyhod's picture

There used to be a beverage company in the US which used a similar concept for coffee based drinks

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