Sunday, October 17, 2010

Can Openers!

I haven't done many equipment posts.

I posted about my Big Ten Inch and my awesome BIG Deep Sink.

Wait... now that I think about it... I also posted about my KitchenAid Food Processor, but not my KitchenAid Mixer, or the awesome Meat Grinder attachment.


This isn't a post about an awesome tool. Just one you need. Well... I guess if you ONLY use fresh foods, you might not need one. But I often have occasion to open a can!

I've never had an electric can opener and really don't want one. It seems like a time you might really need a can opener is when there's no electricity. We had a manual can opener for years that I never had a problem with. But Jon hated it. He said it was hard to use. So sometime during spring, I bought a new one. He loved it, I hated it. I kept using the old one, while he used the new one.

Within the past week, I couldn't use either one of them. I almost considered trying to hack into the can with one of my awesome knives... but then I came to my senses. I pried open whatever I was trying to open, didn't cut myself and vowed to get a new can opener the next day.

So that's what I did.

I went to Target at lunch on Friday and started trying out all of the can openers. Unfortunately I couldn't actually open cans with them. That would have been ideal. I just tried turning the handles. They ranged in price from about $7 to about $20. I kept comparing to see if it felt like they'd really grip the edge of the can. But I had no way to tell if it would actually cut.

I got this one. It was $10.


It opened those cans just fine.

I guess time will tell.

What kind of can opener do you use?

What do you like about it?

What don't you like about it?

Inquiring minds want to know!


tamilyn said...

I have a hand held one that cuts the lid off around the can, so you don't cut your fingers pulling the lid up and wiggling to get it off. The only thing I don't like is that right now I'm having problems with my hands and it hurts to grasp. That is my hand problem, not the opener's problem

Patti T. said...

My mother always used a Swing Away can opener (held in the hand) and that is what I have now also. One time I bought a fancy one that separated the lid from the can, but hubby kept putting it on the can and then twisting it (???) until it broke in less than a month. The Swing Away is a cheap alternative and it works. I have been thinking about getting a new one and since your review I will try a KitchenAid one, hopefully in red to match my kitchen.

Ericka said...

LOL! That's the one I have! And wierd, b/c Drew swears that all of our can openers are awful. I'm not sure that the proper can opener exists for him.

Patti T. said...

I forgot to come back and tell you, I bought the KitchenAid can opener, best of all, in RED. Hubby and I both like it.