Imagine this—disaster has struck, and you’ve evacuated to safety. If you are following the survival rule of three, then you already have a safe shelter and a reliable water source. Now it’s time to focus on food.
You find some delicious canned soup, but you have no can opener. So now, you’re frustrated and regretful because you didn’t read that “how to open a can without a can opener “ article before SHTF.
In an ideal scenario, this won’t happen to you. You won’t be regretful. Instead, you’ll be prepared. So keep reading to learn how to open a can without a can opener.
It might seem silly to read an article about opening a can without a can opener. But the truth is, you never know what situation you might find yourself in. Hopefully, you’ll just be without a can opener on vacation in an AirBnB somewhere.
But there may come a time when skills like opening a can without a can opener help you survive and feed your family. If so, you’ll be glad you finished this helpful article. The last thing you want is to be smashing a can with a rock while you’re trying to feed your family.
Yes, you read that correctly.
You can open a can with only a spoon. We like this method of opening a can without a can opener because it requires no tools with sharp edges. The last thing you need in a survival situation is an unwanted injury.
This method of opening a can utilizes a larger chef’s-style knife. However, it can be accomplished with a variety of other types of blades, so long as they are large and heavy enough.
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Another option for how to open a can without a can opener involves just a pocket knife. The pocket knife is convenient because most of us have one as part of our
everyday carry, in our
bug-out bags, or amongst our emergency supplies.
We call this method of how to open a can the “caveman method.” If a cave dweller can do it, you can do it. Plus, opening a can by rubbing it into the ground is very caveman-esque. The caveman method is not super fast, but it’ll get you into the can if you're hungry enough.
All four of the methods we shared are simple enough. However, here are some tips and tricks to make the process as safe as possible.
Storing canned food items is relatively simple and a good practice for survival, since cans store so well for so long. Storing cans involves buying what you need and monitoring what you have. Here are some helpful guidelines.
We recommend refraining from using foods in containers with the following three warning signs:
Canned foods are the perfect medium-term food item—a can’s shelf life is typically a couple of years. Therefore, canned food storage requires routine rotation to avoid spoiling. Just make sure you keep a can opener handy!
Their medium shelf-life makes them a good option, but there are better options. When it comes to long-term food storage, freeze-dried and dehydrated foods are the crown jewel.