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As long as I can remember, I've only used a can opener one way, at over 40 years, I'm just finding out, I've been using the dog gone thing wrong!  When you use a can opener, does the lid ever fall down into the can? Then you have to get the lid out, story of my life!  Well, it turns out that happens because we've all been using can openers wrong!

If you hold it like most people do, the part on the can opener that turns is facing out to the right when you're opening a can.  We're talking about the part you have to crank. Well, that part should be facing up!

If you do it the right way, it cuts through the SIDE of the can instead of the top.  So the lid won't fall in and the best part is it keeps gripping the lid when you're done.  So it pops right off, and you never have to touch it.


Someone re-posted an old video last week of how to do it.  Video below compliments of cinemagraphy