Favorite Kitchen Tool: The Basic Can Opener

Favorite Kitchen Tool: The Basic Can Opener

Emma Christensen
Jan 27, 2011

We've tried electric can openers and fancy ergonomic can openers and can openers with magnetized bits and who knows what else. But when it comes time to open a can of beans for a casserole or pry the stubborn lid off a jar of roasted peppers, guess which one we come back to every time?

We love this can opener. It's the most basic $10 hand-cranked swing-arm can opener you can buy. It doesn't take up a lot of space in the drawer, it's easy to use, and it just simply works. Every single time.

Every grocery store carries this exact can opener, or one very similar, somewhere near the canned good aisle. They're usually $8 - $12 and last for years. In fact, we've used the same can opener for at least five years (since finally giving up on the electric can opener someone very thoughtfully gave us for Christmas) and it shows no sign of wearing out any time soon.

There's our sales pitch! Do you agree? Or have you discovered a can opener you like better?

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