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! **

Trxppinq_Cłouds : So this whol time i have been using my can opener wrong?! I just set in on its side and beat the crap out of it until the food comes out.

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.

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.

N C : Don’t do it metal shards from the can get into the food

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

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

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!

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

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.

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. 👍🏾👏🏾

Kenbo Jones : 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.

Lenore Ellis : I feel the same way you do. I would not trust it either. My husband has started doing it this way. Sigh.

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

John the Creature : Hey well at least it's way safer than the wrong way lol

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

Doug Chandler : 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!.

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

psylocke : mandela effect in actual

Doug Chandler : 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

Paradroid : I like the “wrong” way as you can drain the bean while opening it. And you can control how much of the lid should attach to it so you can rinse the beans using the tin.

Christine Hart : Better than breaking every manual can opener I’ve owned. Thank you !!

Keith Brookshire : I'll try this on my next can opener expedition. I think I may like this better.

Justin L : All I do is remove the top part of the label first (takes like 4 seconds), keeps paper out of the food, then I do it the way you're showing in your clip (supposedly the wrong way). A tiny drop of water on the counter is nothing compared to the other messes we generate while preparing food. I spray some all purpose cleaner on the counter after dinner and wipe it clean. But the other way to open a can is OK, too. I've done it both ways.

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.

Xerox Copy : >people are eating directly from a can

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!

Michael King : Shit..i been using a knife most of the time💪😂😂

Markuris : Every other country but usa: what...

mike cubes : price chopper cans? what state are you in?

Tom Slak : ALL opened cans & lids are sharp and should be kept away from children!! To prevent paper from label ending up in can contents simply remove label first (no brainer dude).

oldschooldiy : It has to be your opener! Mine doesn't leave a sharp edge or spill any juice! Also no paper in the contents!!

Joshua Lee : I guess that’s what that ridge is for on the can

Ford Ferguson : Quick way to make a biscuit cutter.

Derrick P : Game changer 😂

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

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.

Pamela Keys : I JUST DID THIS AND ALL THAT I CAN SAY IS, “WOW” SMDH. I WAS GETTING READY TO GO OUT AND PURCHASE A NEW CAN OPENER!!!!! IT REALLY WORKS!!!! SMDH

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

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

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.

01Eldar : P38

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

Baron Thomas : fair enough