Back To Basics: How To Use A Can Opener, The Alternative Method

December 4, 2018


This is a video briefly demonstrating how to use a can opener so the lid doesn't fall into your soup. Not to brag about my expertise around the kitchen or anything, but I've known about this alternative can-opening method for years and assumed everyone else did too, I just choose not to open cans this way because why use a can opener to do a ninja sword's job? "That's a pretty tiny bowl of Chef Boyardee you've got for lunch." Yeah the rest on the wall and ceiling in the break room.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to hairless, who hopefully just shaves and didn't get that way from trying to fight a grease fire with water.

  • JJtoob

    I love that they used the soundtrack of Interstellar for this lol.

  • Although preservation of food using tin cans had been practiced since at least 1772 in the Netherlands, the first can openers were not patented until 1855 in England and 1858 in the United States.
  • lushkneebumbuild

    and then they feasted on nearly a century's worth of previously inaccessible canned food

  • Chris

    Wtf? Why the hell opens it with the can opener sideways? That's just retarded.

  • roehlstation

    There is a specific can opener for this, you really can't just do it with any can opener

  • jc2k

    The conventional way is for safety- cutting it sideways like that results in a sharp, potentially dangerous edge to the can. Plus, many will only open it partially and leave the remainder as a lid. Just sayin'.

  • Darren McCoy

    Fucking colonies!

  • Deksam

    Been doing it that way for many years... Always wondered if I had filmed it, would it have gotten many views, Apparently it's good enough for Geekologie. Now I know.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    "Like we all do it." What? No... I'm 35yo and I've never seen somebody open it that way.
    Wouldn't making the cut vertically make it difficult and messy to remove the lid afterwards?

  • dougfunnay

    no you dont go hacking off the whole lid you leave a little hinge and make it a flip top to save some for later..... have a little culture you savage


  • 600k?


  • Closet Nerd

    I couldn't get it to work

  • Jenness

    I tried it to - but you can also buy a $20 opener at Target that cuts from the side and doesn't give you metal jagged edges called "Safety lid can opener"

  • sizzlepants

    Or... just spend $10 on a modern can opener that holds onto the lid and doesn't leave a sharp edge on the can.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I spent $1 on a can opener after having to use a knife to open a can (my ex took all the can openers when she moved out...)

    I don't have a problem losing the lid because I'm not an idiot.

  • Geekologie

    we're not all filthy rich, sizzlepants

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Are you talking trash about my Edlund 270B Two-Speed Tabletop Heavy-Duty Electric Can Opener with Security Lock-Down Bracket? If so, then you can confine your snark, because at $1700, it's a bargain!

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