When making your eggs in the morning while camping, more often than not you don't have your salt and pepper with you. It is too cumbersome to carry their full-size containers and those flimsy paper packets are quite useless. However, if you have two film canisters of old, you can poke holes in the lids of those, pour in a bit of salt into one and pepper into the other (or any seasoning, really). Now those eggs taste the ways mom used to make 'em at home!
By AlaskanAurora from Dutch Harbor, AK
We always did that, but it's a pain to keep the stuff from leaking out. We used to put a film of plastic between the canister & lid when we werent using it. I was in our military Surplus store recently & they sell little lids that fit over those film canisters. They are 2-part lids, one has the punched holes, then there is a solid lid to close over it to hold the stuff in! I don't know if they would have them in Alaska or not, but if you have a military surplus store, you might check.
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Punch a few small holes in the lid of a film canister and fill it with salt or pepper, put a piece of plastic wrap over the top and then snap the lid on. Toss into your picnic basket. To use, remove the plastic wrap and put the lid, now a shaker top, back on.
Info from Kodak regarding safety of film canisters for food: There are no "toxic residues" in Kodak film containers. Because our film containers are not manufactured to comply with FDA or CPSC requirements, Kodak cannot recommend the use of film containers for anything other than their intended manufactured purpose. However, if a customer chooses to use a Kodak film container for other than film storage, the container first should be thoroughly washed with soap and water. (06/25/2005)
When we used film canisters for Girl Scout projects (mainly for the lip gloss we had made), I boiled all of the containers and lids first. This way anything that was in them came out and then also washed them in hot soapy water. (06/25/2005)
I use the film canisters for salad dressings to pack in lunches. I also found them handy for small amounts of pancake syrup when taking breakfast to work. (07/04/2005)