Good to Know: How to Open a Can Without a Can Opener

You never know when you might need to open a car in the absence of a can opener. Indeed, those moments we actually might have to survive in the wild are sparse. Very sparse in nature. However, you could be camping or the stores are closed and the only thing you have in your cupboard are cans, and you don’t have any can opener with you at that moment. You never know! And when that happens, we have got you covered with this trick on how to open a can without a can opener.

Time of need

It is like the trick that teaches you how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew: how big is the chance you might actually need it? But when you do it, it is mighty handy to know how to do it. And while opening a bottle of wine is never exactly a basic need, even though some nights it seems like it is, opening a can of food could save your life some day. Or at least it will save you from being hungry.


Fortunately, the YouTuber ‘The Crazy Russian Hacker’ has made a very instructive video where he clearly explains how to open a can without a can opener. What are the ways to do it? You will need a rough but flat surface like concrete or a sidewalk. Turn the can upside down and rub it across the surface quickly. Then turn it around and press the can from both sides. If you do it correctly, the lid will pop right off. If not, try rubbing it again. You never know when you need this handy trick to save your (or your cat’s) life.

Next to this clever hack, there is also another smart way to open your can. This video below reveals how you can open a can with just a spoon:

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