Of course, the easiest way to open a can is with an electric can opener. But these handy small appliances may soon be obsolete.
A few years ago, Campbell’s Soup Company put out a line of soups with pop-top lids. Convenient, I suppose, for campers who forgot to bring along a can opener and, having caught no fish or shot any game, were now forced to eat the back-up meal packed by their pessimist wives.
The idea of pop-tops caught on and nowadays most cans have those ‘easy open’ lids. And just to be sure you pop that top, manufacturers make the bottom of the can round, unfriendly to any type of automatic or manual opener.
Soft drinks pop open easily, needing to make only a small hole to drink from. But try opening a large can of chicken, or 16 ounces of spaghetti sauce, without cutting yourself or spilling most of the contents. Thus the need for these instructions.
Pull up the loop on top of the can. Never mind you just broke a nail. Soldier on, you can fix it later.
Yank as hard as ever you can on the loop. This will probably break the loop away from the rest of the lid. Hopefully it will also make a slit wide enough to slip in the blade of a paring knife. With a twisting motion, increase the opening as much as possible.
When the lid is nearly off the can, you will again meet great resistance, making it impossible to budge the lid further. A pair of strong-grip needle-nose pliers should do the trick and finish the job.
Be sure to work over a pan in the sink to take care of spills. Also, keep a First Aid kit handy.
There. Isn’t that better than messing with an electric can opener?
These instructions come with a glossary of appropriate words that have no power to move the job along but might relieve some tension.
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