The right (wrong) way to open a can

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Cast Iron Chaos : I've made Boston baked beans, cakes, pizzas, roasts, pots of stew, pies, turkeys, and lots of chicken dishes. Then I made this video in under 2 minutes and it's had nearly 80,000 views in one month. Thanks, YouTube.

The Root Boy Cooks ! : "I saw it on the internet" Famous last words.

rebelrailroader : Edges of an open can are sharp either way you chose to open.

Christopher Souter : I have been opening cans in this way for at least 30 years. Depending on the contents, I always open cans in, (or next to), the kitchen sink. It is relatively easy to extract the tiny paper shavings. I live alone, and therefore, the presence of children is not a concern. Also, to my mind, either the can edge or the lid will be very sharp and require careful handling, regardless of which can-opening method is used. It is impossible to avoid creating a sharp edge, but I find that I prefer the sharp edge to be on the can, rather than on the lid, which could possibly be protruding from the top at a rather dangerously prominent angle. However, the can opener *DOES* need to have been designed to operate in this manner. At the time I started doing this, (in the late 1980s), such can openers were very new on the Australian market. (Australia is the country of my birth, the country where I currently reside, and the country where I'll probably die). One final point: Most cans in Australia now come with ring-pull lids, which are great for most things, with the exception of thick or highly viscous liquids, such as concentrated soups or sauces, in which case, I usually open them with the "sideways" method as shown in the video, as this makes it much easier to extract *EVERY LAST LITTLE BIT* of the tasty soup or sauce! Anyway, that's *MY* 2¢ worth! **

Dave Clark : Either way you do it you're left with a sharp edge. Either the can itself or the lid.

John Venturino : I think extracting the paper is easy. What many don't realize is when you cut into the metal like that you can get metal shavings in it. Which is most certainly worse.

David C. Theiss : I think it all depends on the can and/or what the can is made of. I've seen some cans where the lip is too high to open it from the sides. I've also seen some cans that when opened, left a nice clean smooth edge with no protruding shavings.

Your Friend : One way works every time and the other way only works half the time. Kids will figure this out long before adults do so maybe we can learn from them! Have a good day and thanks for sharing!.

Stormtrooper 2323 : Cool let me show you how to open a can of whoop ass

Daiymian : The edge is going to be sharp regardless. Be it the can or the lid on either way you open it.

emilletich : Thanks for tip. Since I hate digging the sharp lid out of the can when it usually falls in, I think this is a good alternative. Anything I use from a can gets dumped into a bowl or pot, quickly rinsed and thrown in the recycle bin, so not too concerned about sharpness. As for paper, tear off before opening.

rideswithscissors : I bought that can opener a few months ago, best one I ever had! Made in USA.

Your Friend : Hey man, Awesome friggin countertop! Thanks for sharing! (-:

Buddy Carchide : Never seen it done like this. I do have a can opened that does remove the top safely without sharp edges but this one is not made for that... interesting.

JudgeDread 305 : Don’t touch the sound of edge dummy

The Kamakura Gardener : I always remove the paper wrapping before opening any can. I’ll have to try this flat method of opening a can. 👍🏾👏🏾

MaKenna Reed : i cut a little more than expected.....

Donna M. Schmid : My can opener is meant to open the side, but it slices higher up, where the lid and can were initially sealed/glued together. Both the can and the lid are dull, and the lid will fit back on the can tightly if you want to store leftovers in the fridge. If anyone wants to open cans like this, I highly suggest they buy this type of can opener instead... Thanks for the warning!

OC_VILLAIN : Why change a good thing,. ? Why deal with a sharp can !! .

CptKirk FPV : horizontal is the correct way to use a can opener. that is how they were designed. you may use it however you like but you were taught incorrectly.

Allegra Chloe Sivalingam : Don't try it with tuna 🙃🙃🙃

Nina Constandi : Don’t do it metal shards from the can get into the food

Laurie Lambries : I have a long, thin bladed knife that I use to zip the labels off. Either way gets paper into the contents. And you should for recycling purposes anyway. The labels go in the paper bin.

John Lord : Better to have the side-cutting can opener, which does leave a can ring on the can side, and the can lid can be easily placed back onto the opening. For me anymore, if you dont have a pull tab opening on your cans in these modern days (micro pennies cost) and the bottom indented to truly stack cans on cans - then i wont buy your caveman can.

TheMotoguse : I don't know how I've managed to live this long without knowing that. Of course, if I had been opening it the other way, I would probably died years ago because it's so dangerous.

FoneArc : I use an electric can opener.

Gee Dubb : You can wash the can out and use it to chop onions, garlic and whatever. I use it to chop green Chile and jalapeño to make salsa. Thanks for the video

Nick Freyermuth : Thanks opening cans for years I guess you learn something new every day. I give it a try

Lily Eturnal : I just did it. It really does work and I also spilled water all over. Edges are sharp and dangerous.

Paul Nestor : Interesting, I think I’ll do it the old fashioned way. Thank you for posting. Great videos.

Baron Thomas : fair enough

Summer Wood : Thank you for sharing

TopAnimeLife : ty

01Eldar : P38

spagettiosaddict : Do an knife sharpening video

Melissa : THANK YOU. I’m so tired of seeing the “you’ve been using a can opener wrong your entire life” posts when the horizontal method is more dangerous and makes a huge mess!

Gary Peterson : This is so wrong and dangerous. Easy to prove. That foot bent 90 degrees to the can opener is designed to rest/ride against the side of the can. Try this. Just grab the can the old way and pick it up. you will see that the weight of the can rests against that foot. It has purpose. When done the lid can be dropped into the can to keep it safe. i.e. when you push down on the garbage. Using this retarded way the foot on the can opener just rests on the lid and serves no purpose. When done you are left with a razor sharp can in the garbage.   Can't wait till you forget it's there and push down on the garbage. Also you have paper and metal shavings in the can and liquid spilling out on the counter. RETARDED !