Why does corned beef come in odd-shaped tins and with a key for open­ing it? – M.

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Advice -

Corned beef tins were is­sued to sol­diers dur­ing the First World War.

The tin is a ta­pered trape­zoidal, and it’s thought that was be­cause round tins took up too much room in a sol­dier’s kit bag, and square tins would need a tin opener, hence the key.

Why they re­main like this is, I’m afraid, a mys­tery to me.

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