How to Open a Can Without a Can Opener [Hands, Keys, & More]

In this article, you learn 5 ways to open a can without a can opener.

The can opener is a device that has been around for over 100 years. With how easy it is to buy food nowadays, most people don’t have the need to open up many can lid. But when you find yourself in a situation with no can opener, how are you supposed to eat? 

You might be surprised how easily you can quickly solve this problem! With some creativity and ingenuity, you will open the lid of any canned food product with ease.

This post will talk about five different ways you can use to get into your canned goods without needing an actual can opener.

Let’s dive in.

The first and easiest way on how to open a can is to use a kitchen knife. Knives are sharp, and all you need is a firm grip and strength.

The best way to use it would be to hold the can on its top or bottom part between your thumb and index finger while holding the knife in the opposite direction of your fingers.

You can start sliding down the tip of the knife slowly until the lid is fully open. It could be difficult with the sharpness of the blade, so please keep that in mind!

You can also invest in a multipurpose survival knife. Here is an article about choosing your first survival knife. 

2. Use Your Car Keys

Scissors to Open a Can

The key is accessible to everyone, and we have it in our pockets or bags all the time. Moreover, car keys are made out of metal, making them perfect for opening cans. All you need to do is insert the key into the top of the can lid and turn it until the can pop open.

This method is much faster and easier than using a manual can opener, and it doesn’t require any extra tools or gadgets. So next time you’re stuck with a can of food that you don’t know how to open, just reach for your car key! It’ll get the job done in no time.

3. Cut the Can Open with Scissors

If you don’t have a knife on hand, you can also use scissors to open a can. Though it is not as sharp as a knife, it can still do the job.

You can easily open a can with scissors by puncturing a hole in the lid’s outer edge with one blade tip. Cut around the rim of the lid until it is open wide enough for you to remove it carefully. Be careful not to cut yourself!

Here are the best scissors for preppers.

4. Smash It Open with Hammer and Screwdriver

Hammer and screwdriver are handy tools every household has. You can open cans with hammers and screwdrivers. Simply place the tip of the screwdriver on the lid and smack it with a hammer to puncture a hole. 

If you’re having trouble getting the screwdriver to stay put, try using a piece of tape to hold it in place. Once you have created a hole, use your fingers or a can opener to pry the lid open. Presto— you opened your favorite can of soup just like that.

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5. Use Rock Or Concrete

If you don’t have tools, do not worry. You can also open cans using rock or concrete. While this option might take you longer, and you need to have the correct type of rocks (the ones that don’t shatter when they come in contact with something), it is still effective.

It would help if you placed the lid on top of the surface where you plan to hit, then find a piece that fits into your hand well enough so that it doesn’t slip from your grasp.

The last thing we want is for this process to become even more complex than opening cans already is! Now just hold onto the rock firmly and bring it down once hard upon the bottom lip of your can until it opens. 

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Final Words

There are many ways to open a can without using a can opener. As you’ve already seen, there are 5 common methods that people have come up with overtime for opening cans without an opener. 

These include using keys, scissors, a kitchen knife, and even a rock. If any of these sound like something you might want to try in the future, or if it’s your first time hearing about them, then let us know which one interests you most so we can tell you more!

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