Tins, Biscuit


Most pensioners receive tins of biscuits as presents – usually consisting of two chocolate fingers, two bourbons and 48 digestives – and having eaten the contents, there are many useful purposes to which the empty tins can be put.

Better quality tins that have a close fitting lid are ideal for perishable goods such as cheese, dry pet food, socks and wool, while the most robust containers can be used in the shed for storing seed packets, screws, small sit-on mowers and trees. Tins with decorative lids can be built into ornate structures that make an attractive feature for the home or a thought-provoking entry for the Turner Prize. By attaching a length of string, biscuit tins can be transformed into useful shopping bags, while filling them with concrete creates an inexpensive door-stop, exercise weight or bath toy.