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    Best Can Opener?

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    mamagrow
    Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:25 pm
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    We have just a normal can opener. It's not the greatest. As I was trying to get something open, DH said, "If we were having to live on food storage and open cans, is that the can opener you would want to use?" ABSOLUTELY NOT! So what is a really great can opener?
    Chef on the coast
    Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:18 am
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    I don't know brand names - but I definitely prefer manual ones to electric ones. I can never get the electric ones to operate.
    Chubby Cook
    Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:21 am
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    I prefer the manual "side-opening" can opener with a big handle and slightly better gear ratio than the conventional opener. I don't think a brand makes any difference, but you should test them to see what is comfortable for you.

    The side-opening versions do not leave a sharp edge and, being a frugal person in these economic times, I find a re-use for some of the better cans (like the #10) since the lid can also be re-used.
    mamagrow
    Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:48 pm
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    What kind of uses for the #10 cans?
    Chubby Cook
    Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:07 pm
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    Dry food storage is one. Toss in an Oxygen Absorber and then seal the lid shut with wax or tape.

    On one I put a small household hinge and used a bolt and two nuts on the other. Used for holding a variety of odds and ends.

    Lots of uses for small cans too, but I only save the sturdy cans and often the ones with a white lining on the inside.
    Chocolatl
    Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:57 pm
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    Chubby Cook wrote:
    I prefer the manual "side-opening" can opener with a big handle and slightly better gear ratio than the conventional opener. I don't think a brand makes any difference, but you should test them to see what is comfortable for you.

    The side-opening versions do not leave a sharp edge and, being a frugal person in these economic times, I find a re-use for some of the better cans (like the #10) since the lid can also be re-used.


    I prefer those, also. However, I understand that it's not recommended that cans be reused for food storage.
    Chubby Cook
    Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:16 pm
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    The original common sense issue was when people opened a can, ate a portion and then stuck it back into the refrigerator, the steel reacted to some acids that are in foods and it oxidized or rusted and this was the source of a few food poisonings.

    To prevent this, years ago canneries started lining their cans with plastic to avoid this, so your concern is valid but not up to date.

    The used cans would be used (at least by me) for storage of dry goods that would not be reactive to the metal, plus the addition of an oxygen absorber would eliminate any such oxygen reaction.
    mamagrow
    Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:18 pm
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    One thing I dislike about #10 cans is the waste of not being able to do things with them. So maybe I'll try some of your ideas. As for the reactions, you could buy cheap plastic liner bags for them. Dollar General has some without the zip top. You can also buy plastic lids for your cans.
    Borealis Beegirl
    Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:00 am
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    I have a manual plastic can opener that opens on the side. It is easy to hold and operate. The first one only lasted about 5 years. Hope this one lasts as long.
    Gabby LSW
    Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:01 am
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    I *think* OXO has a can opener that has larger grips (for those of us who have hand grip issues - mine is from carpel tunnel that I let go too long before surgery). I've seen them at Target and maybe Kohls and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

    Gabby
    mamagrow
    Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:31 pm
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    I had one of those OXO ones, and it got very dull very fast.
    *Lena*
    Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:54 pm
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    I have a standard, top-opening electric.

    I recommend anything else.
    going2
    Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:51 pm
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    my son bought me a "kitchen-aid" brand hand crank opener and I will never go back to an electric. no skipping spots in the lid, no gummy stuff on the cutter--I just throw it in the dishwasher after dinner and good as ever. I had not used one of these since the old one my mom had, so when he gave to me, I put in the drawer and it mocked me every time I open that drawer, so when I finally couldn't take the electric one anymore and used it I was absolutely thrilled, even on days when my hands are rough from over use it is not difficult to use.
    John DOH
    Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:12 pm
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    "Best" Can Opener?

    It may be a different thing on this forum/thread, that suggests you do not have electrical power.

    Can recall the tiny little ones we had in ration packs with the army so many years ago, and the Swiss Army Knife one I have carried for decades, the latter of which is definably workable in almost any cicumstance, in spite of the ragged edge it might leave to the can (hardly an issue where "disaster strikes" and the civilian populace needs do what the Military takes as commonplace)...

    I know, I know, it sounds like "Grandpa" is spouting off about the Dark Ages, but indeed the uneven can edge can be survived...have done this once, twice or even thrice on occaision, and once you get past the "political correctness" BS, it can in fact get pretty simple. You live like your grandparents (my case) or great grandparents or even great great grandparents did, with certain advantages...instead, or in addition to the Atabrine tablets, you can boil water in the ragged edged cans for 20 minutes and flavour it with fruit juice or fruit juice powder, and there's your first "neccessity of life" (ie potable water) answered...

    John
    Chocolatl
    Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:00 am
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    Okay, just checked what I have.
    The best is the Saf-T-Can or similar product that cuts the top off through the side, leaving a smooth edge.

    The other two I have are a simple SwingAway manual opener, and something called Yes-I-Can that uses a lever action.

    I haven't used an electric can opener in years. They take up a lot of space, they're hard (read: next to impossible) to wash, and they don't work very well.
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