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Have You Ever Wondered Why Cranberry Sauce Cans Are Upside Down?

I am overly obsessed with all things cranberry, so when I realized that all the cans of cranberry sauce were actually labeled upside down, I had to find out why.

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Well, as it turns out there is actually a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why cranberry sauce cans are upside down.

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You see, when the cans are put together, there is a little air bubble at the “bottom” of the can. (You can kind of see it by looking at the lip.) When you open the can upside down like this, it makes it easier for the cranberry to come out all in one piece, so you get that perfect cranberry-in-a-can-that’s-not-actually-still-in-the-can look we all know and love.

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So that’s it– It’s all to make your Thanksgiving easier! Which, I am all about making Thanksgiving easier!

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And if you really need some help cooking this Thanksgiving, read How to NOT ruin your Thanksgiving Gravy!


Saturday 21st of November 2015

Thank you! We've always wondered. :-)


Wednesday 8th of March 2017

Anyway, I'm a Jew!Yeah, we figured… the last name was a gi€ywaaeâv¦ I have NEVER given away my last name! I haven't even tried to disguise it by using "Howard" as my grandfather had to do in order to feed his family while living in New York, and later in Delaware, in the early 1900s.


Monday 9th of November 2015

If you want the cranberry sauce to come out whole, this is my trick. I'm sure lots of people do this already. Make sure both ends of the can are wiped clean. With can opener open first end, hold that lid on while you open other end. On serving plate, slide out by pushing through with lid, until Cranberry sauce is on plate ,all in one piece.



Wednesday 21st of November 2018

We just poke a while in one side, then open it normally. It slides right out.