We received an email from Food Insurance™ customer Emma, and thought we’d share a few words of her wisdom with you (don’t worry, we asked Emma if it was okay to share first).
Dear Food Insurance,
I started writing a response to a post on your blog, but it started to get way too long, so I’m emailing it to you instead. I hope the information is helpful.
Cans are so hard to open without the right tools, so if you’re going to invest in a long-term food supply, it just makes sense to be prepared with the means to open them. This is why every food storage supply should be stocked with a good can opener.
For emergency situations, you will want to have a very sturdy can opener. Do not buy a fancy electronic can opener. They take up tons of room on your counter, and they are a bad choice because they won’t work if your electricity goes out.
Most modern can openers have a rotating cutting wheel, and a serrated wheel. The serrated wheel rotates the can, while the cutting wheel slices through the metal on the top outer edge of the can.
If you have ever tried to use a can opener that wouldn’t work, then you know how frustrating it can be. When some can openers are worn out, you may try twisting the handle, but the serrated wheel doesn’t catch on the can, and consequently doesn’t have the strength to continue cutting all the way around the edge. In these situations, the can may be opened by clamping the opener down, creating a small slit in the lid with the cutting wheel. Continue to create these slits, overlapping each other, all the way around the rim of the can. This is a good way to open a can if you have nothing else available, but it will quickly cause hand fatigue if it is done often.
The best idea is to keep a good can opener with your canned food storage. These are relatively cheap, and a very important part of your food storage if you have any cans in your food storage. If you are in an emergency-type situation, the last thing you want to do is waste all of your energy getting your cans open. So be prepared, and have a can opener ready at all times!
Emma, thank you for all of the great tips!
-The Food Insurance™ Team