To start canning, put the food you want to can in the upper slot and the cans in the lower slot and supply power, either by cable or with a battery in the left slot.
Different foods fill a different number of cans, depending on the type of food. The Item List details the different amounts of cans generated for each type of food. Canned food can be stacked, regardless of what food was used to create it, allowing you to stack different food types and save valuable inventory space. Canning "bad" food, like rotten meat, now creates a different type of food can with the subtext "this looks bad". These cans will give the hunger debuff when eaten.
Note: if you're using BuildCraft Pipes there is a bug in IC2 1.337b where the output sides of the canning machine are reversed. So if you want to attach a pipe to extract filled cans you need to attach it to the left side of the machine.
The IC2v2.1.463-experimental (and likely a few earlier ones, not sure what) uses a new interface for the Canning Machine. This provides it with several additional uses, but is significantly more complex. The new interface has a button in the center which will switch between four different modes. There are also two separate tanks for holding fluids.
The left tank contains the input. The right tank contains the output. Most examples fill the input tank with BuildCraft components. It is not necessary to do this however. Canning machines can transfer fluid from their output tank to an adjacent canning machine's input tank by using the Fluid Ejector Upgrade. Fill the first canning machine's output tank with Mode 1 listed above. Place the Fluid Ejector Upgrade in the machine, and watch the fluid enter the input tank of the next canning machine. It is possible to manually insert fluids into the left tank by holding shift and right clicking the Canning Machine with a cell of fluid. Make sure that the left tank is empty before doing this.
See: Crafting Table
Canned Food is eaten by right clicking on the filled can while holding it, like normal food.
The Canning Machine can also be used in order to enrich fluids and items. The following recipes are currently available:
Making Construction Foam
Each can of food restores 1 point on the hunger meter. It also adds 3.2 points to your saturation bar. (A second hunger bar that has no limit and will be depleted before your standard hunger bar).
Eating a can of food does not consume the can; instead, it is returned to your inventory, or, if your inventory is full, dropped onto the ground.
After IC² update 1.109, canning bad food will result in a different type of Canned Food that when consumed, gives the Hunger debuff.
|Tin Can => Canned Food (Opened)|
|Item||Amount of cans produced|
Maximum Input: 32 EU/t before exploding. The canning machine has 4 upgrade slots, and can accept Overclocker upgrades, Transformer upgrades, Energy storage upgrades, Ejector Upgrades and Fluid Ejector Upgrades.
|0.90|| The Canning Machine, Empty Can, Canned Food and Canned Food (Opened) are re-released. The Canned Food can stack up to 64. To open a Canned Food, it must be crafted in this manner: |
Canned Food (Opened) once consumed would heal one heart. (There was no hunger bar then).
|1.15||Canned Food may now be directly consumed, healing 1 hunger point, and now has an eating animation of 1.6 s (like all other food). When Zombie Flesh and Raw Chicken was canned, it would yield 1 Canned Food that causes no effect.|
|1.42||Spider Eyes may now be canned into normal food, cleansing it.|
|1.109||Canning bad food will result in a different type of Canned Food that when consumed, gives the Hunger debuff.|
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