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How to open a can without a can opener

Want to open a can but don’t have an opener? No problem: Can lids usually consist of a thin piece of metal that can be easily punctured. You can try using a spoon, a large kitchen knife, a pocket knife, or a large rock, as long as you don’t get the food inside the can dirty. In just a few minutes, you’ll be enjoying what’s in the can.

Open the can with a pocket knife

Place the can on a stable surface.

Preferably on a table that reaches about your waist. Stand over the can so you have good access to it.

Position the tip of the knife against the inside edge of the lid.

Hold the knife vertically over the can, don’t angle it. Hold the handle so your fingers don’t get between the blade and the can, so you don’t injure yourself if you slip. The backs of your hands are pointing upwards. You’ll probably have better luck using this method than trying to cut open the lid with the blade of your knife. You would only ruin your knife and most likely spoil your food with small metal splinters. Make sure that the blade is fully folded out of the pocket knife and, if possible, is locked in place so that it does not slip off. If you don’t have a pocket knife, you can use a chisel or other sturdy, thin object for this method.

Slap the back of your hand lightly.

Strike the other hand lightly with the hand not holding the knife. With this light tap, you make a small hole in the lid of the can with the knife. Don’t hit too hard or you’ll lose control of the knife. Strike with your open hand and try to smack your other hand with your palm. This way you keep control of the knife.

Slightly move the knife to the side and make another hole.

Position the tip of the knife a few inches from the first hole and repeat the whole process to create a new hole.

Continue until you have perforated the entire rim of the can with holes.

Work the entire rim of the can, just as you would with a can opener. Once you’ve made holes all the way around, you should be able to remove the lid.

Now try to lift the lid.

Insert the tip of a knife into one of the holes and apply gentle upward pressure to lift the lid. Now remove the lid and throw it away. Now you can enjoy your meal! If necessary, use a smaller knife to sever the connections between each hole so you can lift the lid all the way. If you find it necessary, protect yourself with your sleeve or cloth before lifting the lid. This will protect your hand from any scratches or cuts that the sharp edge of the lid could cause.

Open the can with a spoon

Place the can on a stable surface.

Hold them with one hand and work them with the spoon in the other hand.

Position the tip of a spoon on the inside of the rim of the can.

The can end usually has a small, slightly raised rim that has been slightly compressed when the can is sealed. It is best to place the spoon on the inside of this edge. Hold the spoon so that the concave side of the spoon is facing the lid of the can. You absolutely need a metal spoon for this method. The whole thing does not work with spoons made of other materials.

Move the tip of the spoon back and forth.

Always stay in the same place, right where the edge is slightly compressed. The friction will cause the can end to gradually thin out. Keep doing this until you’ve scuffed the lid.

Now move the spoon a little to the side so that you start scrubbing in a different place.

Again, move the spoon back and forth until you break the can lid with the spoon. The hole in the can lid is now slightly larger than before.

Continue this method until you’ve finished the entire rim of the can.

Whenever you break through the lid at one point, move the spoon slightly to the side and continue at the new point until you have spooned the entire rim of the can. You should now be able to lift the lid. Do not turn the can upside down or the entire contents will fall out.

Now open the lid.

Slide the spoon under the rim of the lid. Very slowly lift the lid until it detaches from the can. Now remove the cover completely, being careful. Now you can throw away the lid and enjoy your food. If you’re having trouble removing the lid with a spoon, you can try using a knife. You can also use the knife to cut through small parts of the lid that still connect it to the can. Be careful not to injure yourself on the sharp edge of the lid when removing the lid. If you find it necessary, protect yourself with your sleeve or a cloth.

Open the can with a large kitchen knife

Place the can on a stable surface.

Preferably on a table that reaches about your waist. Never place the can on your lap or between your legs. You could slip with the knife and injure yourself.

Hold the knife where the handle meets the blade.

Hold the knife in such a way that your palm is exactly over the transition from the handle to the blade. Your fingers should be on the handle and not near the sharp blade. Make sure you have a good grip on the knife. This method can be risky if either your hands or the knife are slippery. This method will not work if the knife is smaller than a chef’s knife. A chef’s knife is a large, heavy knife that weighs more than a standard garden knife or standard steak knife. The relatively heavyweight of the knife is necessary to pierce the lid of the can.

Position the bottom tip of the knife against the inside edge of the lid.

The lower tip of the knife is where the blade is widest, basically on the other side of the upper tip of the knife. The bottom tip is the tip closest to the handle. Now place the knife on the can in such a way that this lower point comes to rest on the slightly compressed edge of the can. Your hand should be holding the knife just above the lower tip of the knife on the handle. Make sure the knife is pressing firmly against the edge of the can so it doesn’t slip.

Push the lower tip of the knife into the can.

Press the knife down firmly so you pierce the can lid and make a small hole. If you’re having a hard time piercing the lid, try standing up and pressing against the can with your body weight. Hold the knife with one hand and place the other hand over it. Now press down evenly with both hands until you have made a small hole in the can. Don’t hit the can with the knife. You could slip and injure yourself. Instead, try to apply pressure slowly and evenly until the knife sticks through the lid. Resist the temptation to use the top tip of the knife to open the can. The lower tip is much more stable and you run less risk of slipping. Also, you could break the blade if you use the top tip.

Move the knife a little to the side and repeat the whole procedure.

Using the same technique, make small holes along the edge of the can.

Continue until you have perforated the entire rim of the can with holes.

Work the entire rim of the can, just as you would with a can opener. Once you’ve made holes all the way around, you should be able to remove the lid.

Now try to lift the lid.

Insert the tip of a knife into one of the holes and apply gentle upward pressure to lift the lid. Be careful and make sure to keep the sharp blade of the knife away from your body so you don’t hurt yourself if you slip. Now remove the lid and throw it away. Now you can enjoy your meal! If necessary, use a smaller knife to sever the connections between each hole so you can lift the lid all the way. If you find it necessary, protect yourself with your sleeve or cloth before lifting the lid. This will protect your hand from any scratches or cuts that the sharp edge of the lid could cause.

Open the can with a stone or piece of concrete

Find a rock or piece of concrete.

The surface should be rough, you won’t be able to create enough friction with smooth rock to poke a hole in the can lid.

Place the can upside down against the stone.

By turning the can upside down, you can open the seal at the top of the can.

Move the can back and forth across the stone.

Rub the can against the stone to create friction between the stone and the can. Keep going until you see liquid on the stone or on the can lid. Turn the can every now and then so you can check how far you’ve progressed. As soon as you see liquid, stop as the liquid will tell you that the lid is now thin enough to be punctured. Don’t scrub so hard that the lid suddenly breaks and the contents of the can spill out.

Then open the lid with a pocket knife.

The seal should now be thin enough to insert the knife into the rim of the lid. Now use the knife to exert gentle upward pressure to lift the lid. Now remove the lid completely and throw it away. If you don’t have a pocket knife, you can try a spoon, regular knife, or other tool. You can also try to find a rock that you can use to push the can lid inwards. While this isn’t ideal because it will cause the stone to fall into your food and small pebbles or dirt to fall into the can, it’s better than not eating at all. Protect your hand with a sleeve or cloth so you don’t cut yourself on the sharp edge of the can.

Tips

Stop by your neighbors and borrow a can opener! Many campers are very happy to borrow their can opener. Outdoor can openers can be found at outdoor stores or military supply stores. While these can openers are a bit simpler than regular can openers, they’re less bulky, much lighter, and so more useful when you’re camping or hiking. If you want to get can opener deals and discounts, click here.

Warnings

Don’t try to open the lid with a bread knife or you’ll end up with metal splinters in your food. Any method of opening a can without a can opener carries the risk of ending up with small pieces of metal in the food. Be careful to remove any metal pieces that you see. If possible, provide enough light so you can see any metal splinters glittering. None of the above methods are ideal and each has its risks, each of which can harm you. First of all, these methods are not suitable for children under any circumstances. Use caution and take your time when attempting to open a can without a can opener. Never eat the contents of a can that is already broken or has holes in it before you are about to open it. The contents are most likely spoiled and contain harmful bacteria.

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Edison Greenwood

Edison Greenwood is a Outreach Editor for Freevoucherhub. He has worked for years in SEO and Digital Marketing and has a long history in e-commerce industry. When not writing he teaches yoga, editing videos, and DIY furnitures.