Post # 1
I want to start this by saying, I’m like, really good at a lot of things…and I’m smart, and highly entertaining to be around…but I think there’s something wrong with me….
I cannot, for the life of me, use our can opener….and I know what you’re thinking…just get a new one.
You don’t live with Mr. 99, who is so very sensible, and oddly sentimental about things that are completely stupid in my view…and it would appear, he’s become quite fond of our can opener. His arguments, are valid, the thing DOES work, when he uses it, AND we’ve had it forever….so I guess its a significant peice of our can opening history…if that matters at all.
And its not like I don’t know how to work the freakin thing, I slap it on there, clamp it down and about half way around the can…the little wheel like, skips and then it goes back to cutting…it does that at least once….usually a few times, and then I cut myself trying to get into this stupid can of pumpkin or whatever, while my husband looks a me with a gut wrenching combination of horror and pity….like he’s overestimated me all these years….then he chuckles to himself, takes it away from me and opens it like the thing was DYING to have the top off of it…thus, making me look even more useless and helpless in our kitchen.
The only solution to this problem…stop eating things out of cans….
Post # 3
Ugh, I’ve had such bad luck with can openers! I finally got a half-decent one, but then my old roommate wrecked it somehow, and every one we got after that ended up breaking. Now we actually use one from DH’s parents which they probably got 30+ years ago, but it works like a charm!
Have you tried an electric can opener? I’ve always had pretty good experiences with those.
Post # 4
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Post # 5
@Nona99: His & Hers can opener sets. I wonder if that actually exists, and if not, is there a market for that kind of thing?
Post # 6
@Nona99: You could always just buy things in easy open cans, then convince your husband that the things in standard cans don’t taste as good 😉
Post # 7
I can only work manual can openers. When I met FH, he only had an electric one, and I never could remember how I had to place the can and where to clamp, so I just bought a cheap manual one. FH used to tease me every time I asked him to help me open a can, but now we each have our own opener lol
Post # 8
Yeah, I’d get a new can opener for yourself. You could even stencil your name on it in pink so he knows you’re not replacing his.
Post # 9
We have two can openers. FI registered us for a third. His thinking: “Our other two just seem so primative.” I’ll give you one.
Post # 10
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@Nona99: My mom bought this one for us that is a battery operated one, you just lay it on top of the can and it connects by a magnet and it does all the work, and it cuts the can, not the center lid, so you don’t have to “reach in” to pull the can top off. My husband loves it. And it isn’t very big, we just throw it back in the utensil drawer when done. You could each have your own.
Post # 11
@Nona99: Yes, his and hers do exist. We have them. It’s pathetic. He couldn’t let go of this old one that we had, and I got sick of cutting my fingers. So…his and hers. They sit side by side in the drawer.
Post # 12
I have so much issues using the side can openers (the only manual ones that existed when I was a kid). They seem to require strength I don’t have and I would burst blood vessels in my hands. I much prefer the ones that go on top of the can. Blame your weak wrists and get a new one for yourself 🙂
Post # 13
@Nona99: I feel your pain. I CANNOT operate standard manual can openers for some reason and actually did avoid eating canned goods for some time for this reason. An ergonomic manual opener from OXO changed my life. Seriously, it’s so easy to use and even has a clamp to remove the whole top without touching it. I’ve since purchased the same opener for my parents and future in-laws because of the joint protection factor and it just simplifies the whole can-opening experience! I highly recommend in lieu of pricy electric openers:
Post # 14
FI and I had this problem, only it way the other way around. It works fine for me and he struggles. I figured out its all in the angle you hold the thing at. If it’s almost horizontal the thing works like crap, but if you hold it so that it angles down a bit it works beautifully. Next time you open a can try opening it in the sink so that it’s lower and at a different angle maybe it will work better.
Post # 15
@DaneLady: At this point, its such a bone of contention, buying a new one almost seems like conceding defeat…I think a much more childish approach is to refuse to open anything and just bring it to him and make him do it, even if he’s busy, or on the phone, or trying to sleep, or read….
Post # 16
@housebee: hey….I like that…I’ll tell him the cans you have to use the opener on give you skurvy!