On an earlier post, a new reader to this blog, Perch, brought up a kitchen gadget question. I’ll let you read his exact comment:
“We have noticed a problem in our kitchen in the last couple of years…opening cans! Why such a simple and universal act has become such a problem is beyond me. While we have bought several can openers in the last two years after using the same one for a decade or so without problems, we still cannot consistently open cans these days without problems. Electric ones, hand operated ones, cheap or expensive, all give us fits. Have the manufacturers of canned goods changed something? I am sorry to butt in on another subject, but I am at a loss and figured I’d give you a shot. If I’m off target and just unlucky, could you recommend a brand or type of opener that you feel comfortable with? Am I the only one who has noticed this? Thanks for your patience, I appreciate any help you can give me.”
None of my research indicates that the materials used in food cans have changed in recent years. If someone knows otherwise, please clue me in. More likely this is a case of bad openers, whether manual or electric.
I grew up in an electric can opener household and still prefer to open cans that way. If I only have a hand-held opener I’ll use it, but nothing ticks me off more than a cheap, dull, useless manual can opener that hurts my hand. Fortunately, they make good hand openers. And can the blades of can openers be sharpened?
Here’s what a few readers had to say to Perch so far:
Debbie says she has a great manual can opener that is very comfortable to use. She’s going to check the brand and get back to us.
John said he’s been happy with this manual opener he bought at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Kristen said she has a hand-operated opener that “cuts off the lid in such a way that there aren’t the sharp edges. I love it, and I really dislike electric openers because I feel like they get nasty fast.”
Has anybody else had problems with can openers? Are you in the electric or the hand-held opener camp? Have a great opener you’d recommend?