How can I cut a soup can to hack egg rings?

I'm trying to make crumpets soon (, but I don't have any egg rings. I have one empty soup can with a rounded bottom, and I'd like to be able to cut it in half (or preferably thirds) so that I can use it as egg rings. I unfortunately don't have any shorter cans that I could use, and I'd rather not open up a bunch of cans and not be able to use their contents yet. How could I safely go about doing this? Thanks in advance!

M Helen
  • Posted by: M Helen
  • October 16, 2015


Danielle W. October 28, 2015
use a metal cookie cutter
702551 October 28, 2015
The problem with this approach is that most people only have one cookie cutter in any given size. This is not a problem with cookies or other items that do not require baking inside a metal sleeve.

In Melissa's situation, she is trying to bake several crumpets in each batch, with the goal of keeping them the same diameter. The technique requires multiple rings of the same (or nearly identical) diameter.

In any case, she will no longer need to spend time hacking rings as her brother purchased her a set of rings for future crumpet making.
stacy October 28, 2015
I know I'm late to the game, but I've had success cooking eggs in onion rings. You should sautee the rings on one side for a few minutes, then flip and add the egg. Same with bell pepper rings, but it won't be as round
702551 October 17, 2015
oldunc and Sam1148 are correct in pointing out that most metal cans (here in the USA), are not suited for this application.

These cans have molded bottoms with beveled edges which makes them easier to stack, both at home and on a store shelf. The bottoms of such cans cannot be neatly removed by a typical consumer-grade can opener.

Gone are the days of taking your fifty-cent can opener to remove the top and bottom off a tuna fish can.

I suggested the aluminum foil "art project" since this appears to be an experimental recipe for you.

If you find yourself making crumpets on a regular basis, by all means, buy a set of cheap rings at the nearby restaurant supply shop (or Amazon). You really don't want to waste your time hacking ad-hoc foil rings every time you make this recipe.

For easy storage, just corral them together with a piece of kitchen twine. You could also toss them into a paper bag as long as you let them breathe to prevent rusting.
M H. October 27, 2015
The crumpets were a real hit, and my wonderful brother said he didn't want me to spend so much time making new rings each time, so he actually bought me English muffin rings for my birthday! I guess I don't need to make my own anymore!
Nancy October 27, 2015
What a nice ending to your question!
No more DIY hacks or metal shop lessons for you.
Sam1148 October 17, 2015
Most of the cans today are round bottom cans. Useless for using for egg rings.
Try making a stir fry with water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. Those still have the non-rounded ends. So does some shrimp and crab.
Marcmarc October 16, 2015
First you have to cut the can. You will need a hack saw with fine teeth. Take the can and slide it over any scrap lumber a couple of feet long that it will fit over. Nail it through the bottom to the piece of lumber. This will give you something to hold on to while you cut it. Put the board across a chair, put your knee on it, and cut the can where you want it.

Slide the ring off. It will be sharp. File off the little burrs with a bastard file. Lightly tap the top all the way around until the top is bradded down and no longer sharp.

Now you have a ring. You have to treat it so it won't rust. Lightly coat it with canola oil and put it in a 300F oven for an hour. Do this every time you use it. Eventually it will turn black and won't rust much if you don't put it in the dishwasher. It will be ugly and homemade-looking and your wife will look at it every time she opens the gadget drawer and sigh. Then she'll look at the dent on the chair rail you made when you cut the can and sigh. And she'll comment how the kitchen smells funny from running the oven for an hour, kind of like garbanzo beans. Was that can ring thing you made from a can of garbonzo beans? And she'll sigh, and stare out the window and you'll know damn well that she's thinking about her college days when her and Chip would go get hummus at the Olive Road Bistro, and how Chip's Mom always had said, "Honey, if it can't go into the dishwasher, it doesn't deserve to live." And she'll turn to tell you this for the millionth time, but you'll already be in your chair with a stiff drink, grimly jacking up the sound on "Good Eats" to drown out the Uninvited Wisdom of Chip's Mom. You won't get up to go to bed until you're certain she's asleep.


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Susan W. October 16, 2015
Lol. Best post EVER!!
Smaug October 16, 2015
I admire your determination, but did your wife ever tell you that you're nuts? I have a shop full of bandsaws, stationary sanders and pretty much anything else you could ask for (except metalworking equipment), and I'd still far sooner pay the dollar or so apiece.
Smaug October 16, 2015
Unless you have a metal working shop, cutting sheet metals cleanly enough for this sort of use is not really practical. Most cans now are made with molded bottoms that won't remove cleanly; as Half Pint noted, some imported products still come in old style cans. They're a bit small for crumpets, though, usually 3". You can get english muffin rings at Sur La Table or other places at about $5 for four, or you can sometimes find appropriately sized plain cookie cutters. Egg rings don't work so well because - don't remember why- I think when I was looking into it, all that I saw had a raised rim inside.
HalfPint October 16, 2015
sure can. tuna cans might be better. it might also be good if you have one of those can openers that removes the ends without cutting the metal.
Niknud October 16, 2015
Ooh, that's a great idea. Just take the ends off both sides. Wouldn't have thought of that - that's why I can't have nice things..... :)
M H. October 16, 2015
Yeah, I tried to open up the other end of the can, but it's rounded, so the can opener just ended up bending and warping it... I'll try again with a can of corned beef hash that we'll probably end up eating the crumpets with. If not, I'll use the improvised foil rings I just made. Thanks!
HalfPint October 16, 2015
My sister made some from the cans of pickled leeks from the Asian grocery store.
702551 October 16, 2015
Not sure if rummaging through the recycling bin is something that you'd consider.

Personally, I would be inclined to hack some impromptu recyclable rings out of aluminum foil. I'd fold the sheet over several times for added thickness/rigidity and use staples to securely fasten them.
M H. October 16, 2015
Great idea! I actually made some aluminum foil rings, so hopefully they'll work if I can't get another can to work.
M H. October 17, 2015
Update: The aluminum rings worked perfectly. Thanks for the suggestion!
702551 October 17, 2015
Great to hear!

A good cook considers the available resources and usually finds a way to create a satisfying result.

More often than not, simplicity trumps complexity.
Nancy October 16, 2015
To me, someone with moderate handyman skills and basic tool kit, but no home shop, this sounds like a dangerous project for the sake of saving a few open cans. You'd probably need a powerful saw, and something to sand the edges of the cut cans.
In your place, I would empty a couple cans (tuna, vegetables, whatever), store or use those contents, and make the crumpets using one can ring for each.
M H. October 16, 2015
Thanks! I'll probably end up opening a can of corned beef hash to eat with them, so I guess I'll try to use that can, since it's shorter.
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