December 4, 2023

How to use a can opener correctly

When canned food is opened, the tin lid inside falls off or sharp edges appear. Solution: The can opener should be placed differently on the can. Here you can learn how to do it right.

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Anyone who opens canned food with a classic can opener sometimes encounters an annoying problem: the detached part of the lid sinks into the can and can only be bent upward with difficulty with a knife or fork. The edges are also very sharp. Carelessly touching the cover may cause injury.

Cause of problems: The conventional can opener was used incorrectly.

This is the correct way to use a can opener

Many people place the blade of a regular can opener perpendicular to canned food. When you turn the handle, the knife cuts through the can lid and the familiar problems appear.

Solution: Instead of placing the knife vertically on the lid, it should be placed horizontally. It is important that the knife and guide wheel of the can opener rest directly on the can.

So the knife rests directly on the cap and the gear is placed on the edge. In this way, the knife cuts the groove between the lid and the can. No or less sharp edges.

In addition, the separated part remains attached to the can opener after a full cycle. So you don’t have to take it out from the inside with your fingers or anything else.

A Twitter user explains how it works:

By the way: After using the can opener, you should put it under running water and rinse it of any food residue as well as bacteria and fungal spores.


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