A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the 250 cases of food that we removed from under a friend’s house, when he moved. Today I Encountered a New Food Storage Problem. Some of the food was quite old dating from the 1970’s and of course there was the problems with the labels and some rusty cans. A number of these cans were given to a friend of mine who ate some and used some of the more damaged products to feed their pigs. This resulted in a surprising problem with can openers.
The people involved are serious preps and have a homestead. They only go food shopping a couple of times a year. Because they do so much home canning they rarely open tin cans. When this food arrived, they had to go out and buy a can opener because they couldn’t find one at their home.
They went down and purchased the typical Chinese made can opener from the local big box. Well many of the number ten cans that are used for long-term food storage are a better grade of can than the ones you normally get at the grocery store. Well so far, they have worn out three of the cheap can openers. Some of them have failed in as few as ten of the large cans.
If you are storing a significant amount of canned foods, particularly #10 cans, you may want to think about buying a restaurant style can openers. There are readily available through Amazon or on Ebay. A friend who owns one suggests that you consider one made by Edlund. They cost about $100, but they are pretty much bulletproof and you can get extra parts for them.
I know right now having a fancy can opener may not seem like a big deal, but you are probably not opening several number ten cans a day. These can openers can be a time saving device, and as you get older and develop some arthritis in your hands you will learn to love this type of can openers.