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How To Use A Can Opener

There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to make a can opener cooperate.

If you’re looking for different ways in which to use a can opener, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I will cover how to use a variety of different can openers along with some handy tips you can keep in mind.

Let’s get started.

How To Use A Can Opener

How To Use A Manual Can Opener 

First up, we have the manual can opener.

Step One

To start off, you will need to understand the different components of a manual can opener. The long arms that clamp onto the can itself are the levers. 

The handle that is used to turn the can consists of an axle and a wheel. The circular wheel that cuts into a can is called a wedge.

Step Two

Once you’ve established the different components of a can opener, it’s time to get started. Open the arms of the can opener, and place the wedge (or metal teeth) that cut open the can onto the lip of the can that you’re opening.

You will need to firmly squeeze the arms together, with time you will know when you’ve got it in the right place. However, it may take a few tries to begin with.

Step Three

Once the can opener is in the right position and is on securely, begin to twist the handle. This will begin to rotate the wheel that, in turn, cuts the can open.

Step Four 

Keep twisting the handle as the can opener works its way around the can. As you twist, the action pierces the seal of the can and opens as you continue.

Be careful to safely dispose of the cut lid, as they are incredibly sharp.

How To Use An Old Fashioned Can Opener 

Sometimes you can’t beat the old fashioned way, and some people actually find old fashioned can openers easier.

Step One

Begin by placing the knife part of the can opener almost perpendicular to the edge of the can. Carefully push the knife part into the can.

In time and with a little practise, this technique will come more easily to you. This used to be referred to by many people as ‘stab push’.

Step Two

Take caution when sliding the knife into the can, as it can slide if you’re not holding it tight enough. If you’re not mindful of the positioning of this can opener, you could slice your finger.

Step Three

Once you have stabbed the can, it’s time to insert the blade into the hole you just created. You need to get as close to parallel to the edge of the can as possible. 

Push the blade down again gently, opening another hole.

Step Four 

Following this, fit one of the grooves on the stem of the can opener into the edge of the can. You will need to see-saw the blade, cutting up and down whilst you move around the edge of the can until the lid can be removed entirely.

Be cautious during this step, as this blade is incredibly sharp.

How To Use An Electric Can Opener

Step One

To begin, you will need to lift the cutter head up. Slide the can against the back top part of it, and position the lip of the can between the wheel and cutting apparatus.

Step Two

Next, you will need to press the cutter head down when you have moved the can into the right position. 

This will set the can opener into motion, and it will start to rotate, but you will need to make sure that you hold it while it does to prevent the contents of the can from spilling everywhere.

Step Three

Let the magnet catch hold of the can as it’s working it’s way through the edge of the can. This will result in the lid raising up slightly. 

When the can opener has cut the lid all the way round, lift up the top of the cutter head and carefully remove the can from the electric can opener.

Step Four

Lastly, you will need to remove the lid from the electric can opener’s magnet. Be careful to remove it, grabbing it with two fingers to avoid slicing your fingers.

Carefully dispose of the can lid in the garbage.

Safety Tips When Using A Can Opener

Be Wary Of The Can Opener’s Blade And Sharp Lid

Whichever can opener you opt for, you will need to be careful to not cut yourself on the can opener itself as well as the lid of the can.

Always make sure that you’re concentrating fully on the task in hand when you’re using a can opener, but especially when you’re using an old fashioned can opener with a blade.

You will also need to ensure that you safely dispose of the can lid once you have cut the can open. They are incredibly sharp and you could easily hurt yourself by accident if you’re not mindful.

Clean After Every Use Carefully

Cleaning your can opener is fundamental to ensuring that it withstands the test of time. To ensure that you keep your can opener in the best condition possible, make sure that you clean it after every use.

You can wash the manual and old fashioned can opener under running water with ease in order to clean it.

However, for the electric can opener, you will need to unplug it and clean it down with a damp cloth or paper towel and carefully.

Dry Your Can Opener Completely 

To make sure that the blade of your can opener or any other metal parts don’t become rusty, you will need to make sure that you completely dry your can opener before putting it away.

This will also help to ensure that your can opener remains as effective as possible for longer. 

Whichever can opener takes your preference, you should now know how to use three different types of can openers.

Good luck!

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