How To Silently Open A Can

Everyday conveniences (similar access to a tin can opener) simplify life in ways you lot may non even find. So when you don’t have them, things seem pretty grim pretty fast. But don’t lose promise just however!

Whether y’all forgot to pack a can opener for a camping ground trip or it’s lost deep inside your junk drawer, here’s how to open your tin of veggies using other tools:

A Note on Rubber

A metallic can’s lid is very, very sharp—no thing how you got it open. While it may be tempting to endeavour to pry the lid open with a precipitous pocketknife, that should probably be your last resort. Not only are you introducing another dangerously sharp object into the mix, y’all’re also going to ruin your knife.

The ii methods we recommend involve seemingly harmless tools, just it’s all the same of import to proceed with caution. Pay attention to what yous’re doing and avoid touching whatever abrupt edges. One time the lid has been safely removed, handle it with a towel to protect your fingers and palm.

How to Open a Tin can With a Spoon

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According to our friends at
Southern Living
, using
a metallic spoon is the all-time and safest way
to open up a can without a tin can opener. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On a stable surface (like your kitchen counter), apply one hand to concord the can in place and the other to hold the spoon.
  2. Place the tip of the spoon on the inner edge of the top of the tin can. The outside of the spoon’s bowl should be pressing against the raised, crimped edge of the lid. The inside of the spoon’s bowl should be facing inwards.
  3. Firmly rub the spoon back and along on the lip of the tin. Focus on the aforementioned area. After a while, the friction from this motion will thin the metal. Eventually, the spoon will penetrate the lid in the targeted area.
  4. Repeat this process all the way around the rim of the lid.
  5. The lid should at present exist loose. Dig the spoon under the lid and utilize an upward motility to pry the lid open.

How to Open up a Can With Basically Nothing

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Simon McGill/Getty Images

No spoon? No problem! For this method, all you lot’ll need is a
rock or physical and something to pry the lid open—possibly a pocket knife, if you have one.

  1. Place the can upside downward on a rough rock or concrete. A smoothen surface won’t do.
  2. Rub the tin dorsum and forth in a scrubbing motion. The friction will somewhen thin the metal. Stop when you run into wet on the surface or on the lid. If you continue going, the can will wear completely down and you’ll spill your nutrient.
  3. Using a pocket pocketknife (or annihilation hard and thin enough to fit between the now-loose lid and the edge of the tin), pry the lid open