Have you ever been surrounded by five hungry children at lunch time after you committed to feeding them Zoodles only to discover that you had no can opener? This is the situation I found myself in over the holidays. I had to figure out how to open a can without a can opener or face being eaten alive by a hangry band of feral children.
I don’t want to see you featured on any episodes of the young and feral so here is a life-saving list of alternate can opening solutions for your consideration. A handy wallet-sized list is available at the end that you can print, laminate and keep with you at all times so that you are prepared for all situations.
Swiss Army Knife
This would have been a great solution if I had brought a Swiss Army knife with me. It was my first thought and then I realized that I wasn’t camping and I was no longer a boy scout. Sadly I was not prepared for my particular predicament.
A Hatchet Job
My daughter and I did some experimenting to test potential options and since most people carry a hatchet when travelling we decided to chop the top off the can. Sadly this particular experiment was unsuccessful. So no need to carry a hatchet with you in the event of a can opening emergency.
We discovered that a bit of rubber and some pressure will work quite well. We also needed a bit of snow to hold the can in place since the can had a tendency to attempt to escape its fate. While there was some collateral damage with this particular technique, most of the can contents remained in the can.
As it turns out I don’t own a jackhammer. I do however have masonry chisels and a sledge hammer and they make an excellent can opener. If you are using this method, I would recommend sanitizing the chisel first. You will also need something the brace the can against so it doesn’t escape while you are gently opening the can.
A hacksaw is another effective opener, although if you aren’t a fan of picking small metal filings out of your teeth, this might not be the way to go for you.
In my particular circumstance I was fortunate to have a tool box handy that included a set of wire-cutter pliers and while it took me a few cans to get the hang of opening a can with pliers, I managed to do it without leaving any metal shards in the Zoodles. Admittedly it looks like I threw a grenade at the first can, but it worked nonetheless.
Now I am as big a fan of the Tick as anyone and as such when I discovered that it was possible to open a sealed can with a spoon I was excited. I got to work channeling the Tick determined to succeed in the ultimate emergency can opening tool. Most often the spoon is the tool we use to eat the food trapped inside that can. Try as I might, I could not get that spoon to work.Get into that can of Zoodles when you are surrounded by a gang of hangry kids & have no can opener.Click To Tweet
Can Opening Lessons Learned
Make sure you have a can opener handy. It makes opening a can much easier.