Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you’ve got a conundrum of having to get a can open without a can opener. Maybe you’ve moved, and you’ve simply lost your can opener, or you’re in a situation where you simply just forgot to bring a can opener with you. Whatever the case may be, you need not worry as there are a few different ways on how to open a can without a can opener safely.
Cans are incredibly durable, and when you improperly open them using other tools, you might damage what’s inside the can. Below, you will find suggestions on how to open a can without a can opener safely by using a kitchen knife or pocket knife, a spoon, and a rock.
The first step to opening a can with a kitchen knife is to make sure you place the can on a stable surface, such as on top of a table, countertop, or chair since this will give you the best stability for what you’re about to do. If you don’t do this, you risk the knife slipping out of your hands and cutting either you or something else.
The next step requires you to put the tip of the kitchen knife right on top of the can's lid. You should have it completely vertical to the surface, making sure it's not at an angle. Hold the kitchen knife steadily and make sure to grip the handle very firmly, and then, press downward until you see that the knife is pricking into the top of the can.
Start to hit the back of the knife into the can with your other hand or another heavy object. It may be necessary for you to do this a few times before the knife goes into the can's lid. Just put enough pressure to where the tip of the knife goes into the can.
The next step you need to take is to slowly move the knife close to the first hole and create another hole. You want to continue to do this until you’ve made multiple holes at the top of the lid. It works best if you put the holes extremely close to each other.
Once you’ve gone around the entire lid, you should be able to pop off the top. Place the knife into one of the holes and push upward. Be very careful because you don’t want to cut your hand. Always do this very slowly because it is dangerous and you don’t want the can to go flying and ruin your food.
The issue with this method is that it’s going to take more time since spoons aren’t as sharp as a knife, and you may have to press the spoon into the lid.
The first step is the same, and that is you need to place the can on an even surface. Position the spoon against the lid and make sure that it’s set vertically against the can. Also, make sure to rub the tip of the back of the spoon from side to side, and you’ll need to put pressure on the spoon continuously. The trick to this is to make sure you’re doing this at the right angle.
Continue to do this around the entire lid as this will ensure that the top will open piece by piece. Keep repeating the last few steps until you’ve started to make a dent in the can. You should see the can begin to open up.
Next, try to slip the spoon into one of the holes and scoop the lid off. Make sure to hold the bottom of the can since this will ensure you don’t send your meal flying off the table. Also, be careful of your fingers as the lid will have some ridges around the top.
Opening a can with a rock is going to take a lot of work and may not produce the best results. Nonetheless, this is useful for campers and hikers.
To do so, position the can on a flat rock and continuously press against the rock going in a back and forth motion until you start to feel the lid slide off of the can. The chances are that if your food has any liquid, it will start to spill out. If you want to avoid this, then make sure to create fiction slowly. After you feel the lid getting loose, you can then try and pry the lid off.
Opening a can without a can opener is going to take a lot of time and effort, but if you’re in the position where you need to get the can open, you can use the methods we discussed. The best approach how to open a can without a can opener safely, in our opinion is to try and open the can using a knife since it will yield the fastest results and should only take you a few minutes if the knife is sharp enough.