How to Open a Can without a Can Opener
Not having a can opener can be a problem. You want to get to the food inside, but how? Don’t worry–here are some methods you can use to open cans without using a can opener.
Method 1: Knife
You can use a knife to open cans, as long as you have a steady hand. Be sure to use the dull side of the blade, and be very careful not to cut yourself. To open a can with a knife:
- Start by cutting a slit around one side of the can’s lip, about a centimeter from the edge.
- Carefully work your way around the lip, slowly widening and deepening the slit.
- Once you’ve made it all the way around, fold the edges of the slit inwards to create a little opening.
- Use the point of the knife to break the edge of the can open until you can lift the lid off.
Method 2: Spoon
If you have a sturdy spoon on hand you can use it to open cans as well. It’s just as important to use the dull side of the spoon as it is with a knife.
- Position the spoon so that its handle is pointing away from you, and insert it into the can as close to the lid as possible.
- Using the spoon like a lever, pry the lid open. You may need to wiggle the spoon to loosen it.
- Once you have the lid loosened, use your fingers to pull off the rest of the lid.
Method 3: Hammer and Screwdriver
Another way to open a can is to use a hammer and screwdriver. This method requires a little bit more strength than the first two, but if done right it can get the job done.
- Start by positioning the screwdriver into the can so that it forms an “L” shape with the handle.
- Using the hammer, tap the handle of the screwdriver in a clockwise motion. Do this until you have punched a hole into the can.
- Once the hole is large enough, use the screwdriver to pry the edges of the lid open. You may also need to use a knife to cut away the remaining metal.
Now that you know how to open a can without a can opener, you’ll never have to worry about being without one! All you need is a little bit of know-how and the right tools and you can open cans easily.