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Old 04-05-2018, 11:41 PM   #1
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Boston Brown Bread Baking CANS?

We used to use soup cans or vegetable cans to bake Boston Brown Bread.

But what can one use today? I don't think there is a bit of tin in a tin can.

I tried doing the google search, and Williams Sonoma websites. They sell lots of specialty bakeware. Didn't find.

Some recipe links say to use a coffee can, but I'm looking for something with a smaller diameter.

Also, do you bake Boston Brown Bread in the oven or is it steamed?

Thanks.

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Old 04-06-2018, 01:27 AM   #2
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Memories... My Mom made Boston brown bread a couple of times. She steamed it in her electric roasting pan - kind of like a Nesco roaster, but hers also had a cabinet that served as its stand. I sort of remember her reusing the empty cans from when she bought B&M Brown Bread at the store. Eventually, she decided it was just easier to buy the canned bread. That's what I do these days.

If you want something a bit more elegant for baking yours, Fantes in Philadelphia offers these:

Boston Brown Bread Pot and Bain Marie Insert

BTW, if you are ever in Philly, you must spend time wandering around Fantes - a wonder multi-floor toy store for cooks. Love!
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Old 04-06-2018, 04:12 AM   #3
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I would be hesitant about using a can for baking bread. Pretty much all cans are lined, and while the lining may be safe at canning temperatures, they may not be at baking temperatures.
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Old 04-06-2018, 06:27 AM   #4
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According to Cooks Illustrated, it's not very difficult to find BPA-free cans. 28-oz. tomato cans appear to be a popular size. https://www.cooksillustrated.com/art...ck-brown-bread
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I'll have to check out my older editions of Joy of Cooking. I remember several recipes for breads baked in cans. We had to do them in G. Guides (or Scouts).
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We used to use soup cans or vegetable cans to bake Boston Brown Bread.

But what can one use today? I don't think there is a bit of tin in a tin can.

I tried doing the google search, and Williams Sonoma websites. They sell lots of specialty bakeware. Didn't find.

Some recipe links say to use a coffee can, but I'm looking for something with a smaller diameter.

Also, do you bake Boston Brown Bread in the oven or is it steamed?

Thanks.
I did a little searching and I think I may have discovered a contemporary solution for you. Once again the fine folks at King Arthur provided the information you might like to try. Check out this link for an explanation.
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Try using straight sided Ball canning jars.

I think they come in 8, 16 and 24 oz. sizes.

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Memories... My Mom made Boston brown bread a couple of times. She steamed it in her electric roasting pan - kind of like a Nesco roaster, but hers also had a cabinet that served as its stand. I sort of remember her reusing the empty cans from when she bought B&M Brown Bread at the store. Eventually, she decided it was just easier to buy the canned bread. That's what I do these days.

If you want something a bit more elegant for baking yours, Fantes in Philadelphia offers these:

Boston Brown Bread Pot and Bain Marie Insert

BTW, if you are ever in Philly, you must spend time wandering around Fantes - a wonder multi-floor toy store for cooks. Love!
Now stop that!!! As if I didn't have enough places to spend money...talk about a rabbit hole.
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If you want something a bit more elegant for baking yours, Fantes in Philadelphia offers these:

Boston Brown Bread Pot and Bain Marie Insert

BTW, if you are ever in Philly, you must spend time wandering around Fantes - a wonder multi-floor toy store for cooks. Love!
Omigosh! I love Fantes! I haven't been to their store but I've dropped plenty shopping online on their website.
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PF and Katie, if Himself and I ever get back home, you are both welcome to visit us. We'll do a day trip down to Amish country - including my favorite bulk food store and the incomparable Lehman's Hardware. Then we'll do a girls' trip over to Philly to shop at Fantes. We all could get into some serious trouble.
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