You might think that you’re prepared for just about everything but today I’m going to be sharing an experience with you that, had the circumstances been different, could have been disastrous. I always advocate circulating your food storage so that if and when you ever actually have to rely on it, you won’t find a bunch of expired or spoiled food sitting on your food storage shelves.
Well, the other day, my husband had a craving for some dehydrated apple slices and he was staying at his mother’s house so they decided to dip into her food storage. She had some dried apple slices that were packaged in a big #10 can (the size of a typical coffee can) that they decided to open.
Don’t Let Something as Simple as a Can Opener Shut You Down
Well, first they tried opening the can with an electric can opener but for some strange reason, it wouldn’t work on this particular can. Then they tried opening the can with a battery powered can opener but it wouldn’t open the can either. They tried and tried but neither the electric nor the battery powered can opener could get a grip on the edge of the can and open it.
After spending some time rummaging through the drawers, they were able to find an old fashioned manual can opener that never got used because the automatic can openers that are available today are so much more convienent. Wouldn’t you know it, the old fashioned manual hand cranked can opener was the only one that was able to get a grip on the big #10 can and actually open it.
The moral of the story is to always have a backup. If the power goes out for a prolonged period of time and you find yourself having to survive on your food storage, you don’t want to have to fire up your generator just to open a can of beans. Depending upon how long you find yourself in a survival scenario, you might run out of gas and if you don’t have a manual can opener, you might just find yourself going hungry when you have plenty of food sitting there right on your shelves.
My advice would be that you have a couple of choices when it comes to manually opening cans. I suggest that you have at least one of the old fashioned type that you lock onto the rim of the can and twist the handle. By the way, the bigger the handle is, the easier this type will be to use. Larger handles are much easier to turn than the smaller variety. It would probably also be a good idea to learn how to use the type of can opener that is found on most multi-tools.
If you don’t have the ability to open the cans that you have put back with your food storage, you might just find yourself regretting that you made such a simple oversight someday. Manual can openers are so cheap that every prepper should have a couple stashed back for a rainy day.