Has it happened to you that while you are opening a can of tuna or a can of legumes or peeled tomatoes you are left holding the tab? Here’s how to open a can without a can opener!
Do want to know how to open a can without a can opener? And in case you break the lids’ tab, how to do it? Just arm yourself with a little patience, use the right tools, and even without a special can opener you will be able to open cans and jars of all kinds. A small kitchen knife or a very simple spoon may be enough. In just a few minutes, you can make slits that will allow you to get the right leverage to lift the tops of your cans. Let’s see how to proceed right away!
How to open a can without a can opener (with a knife)
The first useful tool you can use to open a can is a small kitchen knife.
Lay the can on a stable work surface, then rest the tip of the knife on the inside edge of the lid.
Hold the knife firmly with one hand making sure it is locked, then tap lightly with the back of your other hand on the knife.
Gently tap until you see the tip of the knife penetrate the lid.
Gently pull out the tip of the knife, move it slightly, and make another hole by proceeding in this way.
Continue in this way until you go all the way around the perimeter of the knife, then insert the blade of the knife into one of the holes made, pry it open with the blade and slowly lift the lid up.
How to open a can with a spoon
To open a can or tin can, you can also use a spoon. First, choose a sturdy spoon and proceed as follows:
Grasp the spoon firmly in the middle, after that rest the tip on the inside edge of the lid making sure that the concave part faces the inside of the lid.
Slide the tip of the knife back and forth about 1 to 2 cm along the edge of the lid so as to slowly make an opening.
After, try to create a slight slit, and then run the spoon around the entire circumference of the can.
Insert the spoon under the lid and pry it up slowly.