June 30, 2012
Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to prevent the lid of a can from falling into your food
Who knows where that can has been?
And who's been handling it?
Now you don't have to worry about their shmutz in your food.
Here's a handy hack, featured in the "Quick Tips" section of the July & August issue of Cook's Illustrated.
A lot of electric can openers boast a handy built-in magnet that holds the can lid after removal, preventing it from falling into your food. Most manual can openers lack that feature, but Leonard Corazza of East Islip, New York, found that he could upgrade his by simply gluing a strong magnet (or two) to the end of the opener's handle.
bookofjoe bonus tip: Use Crazy Glue rather than rubber cement if you want to avoid a magnet-tooth confrontation, which more likely than not will result in a triumph of the industrial over the biological.
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Or you could simply wash the can when you get it home from the store (or at least before you start opeinging it). Problem solved.
Posted by: treppenwitz | Jul 2, 2012 4:14:25 AM
Thanks for the amazon post 6.02*10^23 .
Posted by: friskypainter | Jul 1, 2012 11:07:21 PM
Naa, just a sensical New Yorker (you know, one that lives far away from NYC)...
Never liked the cut into the side openers, too many cans have felt flimsy afterwards.
(PS, you can still use the magnet trick to make sure you can bend the lid up... sometimes it's easier than using a butterknife.)
(PPS, I hope not cutting the whole can lid actually is not clever... please tell me this isn't some regional bit of wisdom nobody else figured out)
Posted by: Rocketboy | Jun 30, 2012 11:25:53 PM
Rocketboy, you clever!
Posted by: JoePeach | Jun 30, 2012 6:18:51 PM
Some day I'll double check my posts for unpaired ( before posting.
Edit button, please!
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jun 30, 2012 1:51:56 PM
The only openers that I use. I have two. They open any shape / size can and do so by cutting the wall of the can just below the crimp - so the lid lifts off (the opener has a pair of tips that grasp the crimp and you lift the lid off with them after using the opener. A great tool.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jun 30, 2012 1:50:32 PM
Go, Rocketboy, you sound like a practical Vermonter.
Posted by: Kay | Jun 30, 2012 1:11:35 PM
Or.... stop before it's fully cut.
Posted by: Rocketboy | Jun 30, 2012 12:51:54 PM
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