Have you ever been stuck in a spot just because you haven’t got the right tools? It can be so frustrating. There you are, trying to open up a can of tuna, ready to make a delicious tuna salad, and you just can’t open it. There’s no can opener in sight, and you’re wondering whether it is too soon to give up and order takeout.
Well, you’ll never have to be in this situation again, as we have a few ways that you can open a can without a can opener! With our guide, you can open a can without a can opener, with one of our three simple methods!
How to open a can without a can opener
The metal on the top is incredibly thin and easy to slice or break open. Most of the kitchen utensils in your home will be stronger and thicker than the lid. Therefore, opening it should be a breeze! All you have to do is pierce the surface, and you’re in!
The only problem with using kitchen utensils such as knives or a pocket knife is that you could slip when trying to break the seal, and you could cut yourself. You will need to exercise some caution. Luckily, our first method is risk-free, and perfect if you have a little bit of patience and time.
Method 1: Use a spoon
You may be surprised to find that you can actually use a spoon to open a can. To do this, you will need to have a strong grip of the bowl of the spoon, (so not the handle) and keep this in the palm of your hand.
You will need to grab the base of the spoon so that four of your fingers are grasping strongly until the bottom of the spoon is just sitting below the pinky finger. Then, you will be able to use the pinky to stabilize the spoon and exercise greater control over it to open the can.
Once you have a firm grip on the spoon, you will want to rub the edge of it back and forth against the crimped edge of the can, in the place where the can opener would normally puncture and open the can. Rub vigorously and hard against this spot until the metal becomes weaker and thins out. After a few moments, the spoon should wear down the metal and create a hole in the lid of the can.
After the hole has appeared, you will need to press the spoon into the hole, and through the can so that you can pry it open and create a larger hole. Work along the edges of this hole until you have created a space large enough to open the can lid completely, and voila!
This method also works well with a screwdriver if you have one handy! It just takes a little bit of time to pry it open.
Method 2: Use a knife
Using a knife to pry open a can is very fast and efficient if you are short of time. However, you will have to be careful using a knife, as you could slip, cut yourself or break the knife.
The best way to open a can with a knife is with a chef’s knife. You should however only use the base of the knife, called the heel, rather than the point of the knife. With the heel of the chef’s knife, you can use it as a traditional can opener.
For this method, you will need a kitchen knife that does not have a bolster that covers the edge of the heel, as you need the blade to pierce the can. The bolster will be the thick bit that sits on the edge of the handle, to protect the knife.
When you have a suitable knife, grip the handle strongly, and position the back corner of the blade at a perpendicular angle, on the can. Use this blade in the same way you would with a can opener to pierce the lid of the can.
To do this, you will have to push down this corner of the blade into the lid and perforate it by digging down at a slight angle. Then, repeat this by digging into the lid and around the rim of the can until you can pry it open.
You can also use a small knife or pocket knife to open a can, but the method is slightly different. Instead, place the can on a flat surface. Press down with the very tip of the knife to puncture the can. Then, puncture evenly around the edge multiple times until the lid comes off by itself. Do not use the knife to cut around the can. This can slip easily and cause an accident or an injury.
Method 3: Use a rough surface
If you really have no tools, then you can find a rough surface nearby to sand the top of the can down gradually until the seal breaks off. Then, wipe away any trimmed metal, and pry it open!
Can you open a can with a fork?
You can open a can with a fork by simply placing one of the prongs at the edge of the lid. Then, press down until it penetrates and pierces the lid. With one prong inside, and the others out, work the fork up and down to tear through the metal lid, and turn the can to open it fully. Keep in mind that this method will probably render your fork broken and useless, but it works!
Our best advice? Always ensure you have all of the best kitchen utensils, and never be without a can opener again!