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say no to electric can openers!

post #1 of 46
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Anybody else out there that has no desire for an electric can opener? Dh family was recently here and freaked that I didn't have one. It was an odd way they said it like I was stupid, poor, and crazy. I use the one my grandfather had in the airforce.
post #2 of 46
The home I grew up in didn't have one...I didn't realize that some people consider this a necessity until recently. How hard is it to use a manual can opener? (I'm not talking about people with arthritis or other physical impairments.)
post #3 of 46
We don't have one... As a child, every single one we had broke within a couple months. The manual ones do the trick for us!
post #4 of 46
I don't have one either. But my family did when I was growing up.

It was the only way to get the cats to come out of hiding- they were always sure we were opening tuna! :LOL

I remember my sister, age 20, calling me from a friend's house. The friend had only a manual can opener, and I had to try to explain how to use it over the phone. I love my sister.
post #5 of 46
Blech I hate them! Family members are always shocked when they come to visit and they, gasp, have to actually use a can opener!

Electric ones get all gross. Ew.
post #6 of 46
My mom has an electric mounted to the cabinet, and MIL thinks I'm a pancake short of a stack for not having an -electric- one that cuts the side of the can (no sharp edge). I use an IMO ~fancy~ manual that does the same thing.

Must be one of those new, new necessities.
post #7 of 46
I am 46 years old and I've never used an electric can opener. I open an average of maybe 2 cans per week, and I've never found it to be unduly burdensome to use the opposable thumbs God gave me to turn a manual can opener for the 15 seconds it takes to open a can. :LOL
post #8 of 46
We used a wall mounted manual one for years- it came with the house. But it broke I bet it was an antique. I liked it better than any electric one EVER!
Then we got an under the cabinet mounted one. I dont like it as much as my hand held. Fancy chmancy edge cutter offer. :LOL

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Originally Posted by klondikesky
MIL thinks I'm a pancake short of a stack for not having an -electric- one that cuts the side of the can (no sharp edge). I use an IMO ~fancy~ manual that does the same thing.
I do too! I Love it! ( got it from tupperware) I kicked the electric one out because i like it so much! :LOL


Amy
post #9 of 46

*lol*

We'd be up ... creek without a paddle if we would rely on one of those with all the power outages we have around here :LOL
I never did see the use in those things.

Same goes for those bulky kitchen machines with all their attachments. My hand mixer does the trick just fine.
And I would rather knead my heavy bread dough by hand and bake it in the oven then wasting money and room on a bread maker where the crust comes out all soft and mushy.

Most of those electrical kitchen gadgets are totally unnecessary and useless. And on top of that they waste energy.

Cinnamon
post #10 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lula's Mom
It was the only way to get the cats to come out of hiding- they were always sure we were opening tuna! :LOL
:LOL We have our cat trained on the manual opener. He hears the noise and he knows whats up :LOL

Cinnamon
post #11 of 46
My father, brother and myself are somewhat challenged when it comes to using electric can openers so we never had one when I was growing up. I never bought one after I moved out either, my handy-dandy manual can opener works just fine. Every once in a while DH will mention something about getting an electric one, but then he comes to his senses.

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Originally Posted by Cinnamon
:LOL We have our cat trained on the manual opener. He hears the noise and he knows whats up :LOL
I have 7 cats, and they all come running whenever they hear the manual opener! :LOL
post #12 of 46
We have a manual one too! I like that I can wash it. Something about the electric one's just seems dirty to me.
post #13 of 46
I have never even seen an electric opener in an actual home. No one in my rather large family or any of my friends have one. We all use the manual ones just fine.
post #14 of 46
How funny, I thought I must be the only one to feel strongly about this! I grew up with electric, now refuse to have one. I hardly ever open any cans, I don't have much room in the kitchen, and the whole concept of an electric can opener strikes me as ridiculous.
post #15 of 46
I had an electric one for several years but it kept breaking. Then I finally got a manual one and won't go back!
post #16 of 46
I only have a manual can opener.

We had an electric one growing up, and it made a lot of sense for us then (my father was elderly and ill, and the manual one could be difficult for us kids to use).

I don't have anything against an electric can opener, but I just don't have the need for one.
post #17 of 46
Oh boy- I never thought of it but we have a manual one too. I also have a opener for jars under my cabinets. Its this triaangle thing with a grip on it. If a jar is hard to open, I stick it there and turn- presto! I love my manual can opener and the fact that as said by a pp- I can wash it.

We also have a manual dishwasher that has yet to break down in 8 years of marriage- ME!

DH said if he ever loaded the dishwasher, it would mean getting his wife drunk.
post #18 of 46
I really like that can opener that crimps the cans and doesn't leave sharp edges. It works great for those super size cans that I buy to get food cheaper in bulk. I only see the electric can opener as being good if you are somewhat physically impared. Otherwise I think it is that laziness that we tend to fall into saying that is convenient...I can think of many more things that fall into this category!
Amys1st your DH's comment cracked me up!
post #19 of 46
I detest electrc can openers, though I do see their use for people who would have genuine trouble using a manual one. Every person I have known who has one did not *need* one and always thought I was odd for using an" old fashioned" can opener - this would be the point where I would take out the little metal one piece thing you have to repeatedly puncture a can with to get the top off ....
post #20 of 46
We always had electric ones growing up. I never used a manual one until I got my first apartment but I've never had an electric one since. I just don't see the point. They're ugly so I don't want to have to look at it all the time and they take up room that I just don't have.
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