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How to Open a Can Without a Can Opener

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This has happened to a lot of us: we really want to eat our canned food and we can’t find or don’t have access to a can opener and we don’t know what to do. To help you with this matter, 5-Minute Crafts has compiled 2 easy and quick methods to open food cans without the use of a can opener.

Method 1: Spoon

Step 1

Put gloves on your hands.

Step 2

Hold the spoon in your hand. Make sure that you can control the spoon with your thumb and that the spoon is facing the center of the can.

Step 3

Rub one of the edges of the can vigorously back and forth until you break through the metal.

Step 4

Put the spoon in the hole you just created and go around the can.

Step 5

Leave a little bit of the top of the can and you can now lift the lid.

Method 2: Concrete or rock

Step 1

Flip the can over, so the top part is facing the concrete or rock.

Step 2

Rub the can along the concrete or rock.

Step 3

After some time the can will start to depress and you can just press the lid and it will open.

Alternatively, you could also squeeze the can with your hands until the lid pops out.

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