No can opener? Reach for some silverware.
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Stuck with a can and no opener? Thankfully, you’re not the first person to ever be in this situation. Whether you’re camping and forgot your opener or just discovered your electric can opener is dead, don't despair! It’s still possible to break into that delicious can of food.
Do we prefer to use a can opener? Of course. They’re faster, safer, and easier to use. However, when you don’t have one available and have to open a can, try these steps.
Grab a spoon from your silverware drawer. Yes, you're really going to use a spoon. Grip the wide part of the spoon firmly in the palm of your hand—your thumb should be in the concave side—leaving about 1 inch of the tip exposed.
Pick a spot along the edge of the lid, and press firmly with the spoon. This should create an initial indent.
From your indent, press firmly along the left, then move around the right. Move back and forth—like you're scrubbing out a stain—over an area of about an inch. As you keep pressing and moving, a hole will open up.
Use the spoon to start cutting away the edges of the can, pressing firmly and moving slowly around the lid.
Once you’ve made it all the way around, use the tip of the spoon to pry open the lid! Voila—delicious, cold canned beans await.
Using a spoon isn’t the only way you can open a can without an opener. Depending on which tools you have around, you may be able to use other objects at your disposal.
Can openers are great tools because they keep the edges smooth and blades far away from your fingers. Using other kitchen tools like knives or spoons will require quite a bit of force and create jagged edges—both of which could hurt if you're not extremely careful.
Bottom line? Move slowly and exercise caution when channeling your inner survivalist. And invest in a new can opener ASAP.