- Food and Cooking
KitchenAid can openers
Not all can openers are equal.
It's hard to find a good can opener. This can be true whether you are talking about an electric one or a hand crank style can opener. When my husband and I got married, we received a nice Black & Decker electric can opener as a gift. It's fabulous and always does the job. But sometimes, opening one can is just not worth the trouble of taking the Black and Decker out of the cabinet, plugging it in, and then taking it apart to clean it afterward. Sometimes, I just want to reach into the drawer and pull out one of the old-fashioned hand crank can openers. My husband recently bought me this KitchenAid one at Target to match my purple KitchenAid stand mixer. It works like a dream! And now my Black & Decker is seeing the light of day less often.
My old can opener was gross.
It was time for a new one!
It had seen its day, and probably before it even came to me. When we moved my great grandmother out of her house in Mobile, AL years ago, I (being the only child, only grandchild, and yes – only great-grandchild) was young and single and had my first place of my own. I ended up with most of her furniture, dishes, kitchen utensils and more. If my memory serves me correctly, that was when the old, silver hand crank can opener first came to me. It worked better back then. And certainly, when I was single, I didn’t need can openers as often, with my dinners consisting mainly of frozen entrees, veggie trays from the grocery store . . . or a pint of ice cream . . . medium bag of M&M’s . . . bottle of wine . . . whatever.
But after my husband and I got married, I started cooking more often. Over these last several years, I had grown to really detest that old can opener. We’re frugal people, though. It still technically worked, so I would grit my teeth, growl, and turn that crank with all the hand strength of a professional arm wrestler. Sometimes I was sure the metal was about to snap in two in my grip. It never did, though, much to my chagrin. When the thing finally developed rust, I threw in the towel. “That’s it!” I cried. “Time for a new one!!” My husband, ever the garage sale hunter, bargain chaser, and ridiculous keeper of junk in case we need it one day, tried to talk me out of chunking it. “Are you sure? We can scrape the rust off.” But I got my way, as wives sometimes do. He wrote it on our shopping list.
Still prefer the electric variety?
If you open a can of cat food every day, then keeping an electric can opener on your counter might be the right thing for you. I had a cat when I was growing up. Every time she heard the electric can opener, she would come running! Even if we were opening something other than cat food, she assumed it was cat food. She was a Pavlov cat!
The Black & Decker Grand Openings model below is the most similar to my old white Black & Decker that has stood by me for seven years and served my family so well.
This is very similar to my old Black & Decker that I love, only mine is white.
Take Your Turn.
Do you prefer electric can openers or hand-crank style can openers?
Electric, all the way!
Using the KitchenAid Can Opener.
Here's the review.
The first time I used it, I knew I held greatness in my hand. Okay, I’m being a little melodramatic. But seriously, after using that Cro-Magnon gadget for years, this can opener was a treat. It’s not hard to please me, really.
-It punctured the can so easily.
-The turning key twirled with minimal effort.
-And as I turned it, the blade just rolled along smoothly, opening the can as it should.
-The handles are fat and smooth – easy and comfortable to hold.
For the first time in years, it did not take an act of Congress to get a can open. I’ve used it plenty of times. I will venture a guess that I have opened no fewer than 15 cans with it in the last two weeks. Yes, I cook with a lot of canned goods. If you’ve seen my article about my chicken and black bean chili recipe, then you already know that. Opening cans is now a joy. I wash my beautiful new can opener by hand, although I imagine it’s dishwasher safe. After leaving it out on the counter to dry, I am loath to put it back in the drawer where I cannot enjoy its purpleness.
Punctures easily, cranks like a dream!
KitchenAid can openers
A tale of love, marriage, and matching your kitchen gadgets.
If you have one of KitchenAid’s wonderful stand mixers, then you might be looking for accessories to match it. I wanted one of the stand mixers for years, and finally received one as a birthday gift from my mother a couple of years ago. It’s purple, of course, which has been my favorite color for as long as I have been alive. As soon as I saw the purple KitchenAid can opener in Target this year, I knew it was what I needed! I’ve already described the rusty antique that I had been using prior to the KitchenAid. I needed something more modern and ergonomic. My darling husband, master couponer and penny pincher, didn’t even bat an eye. He said, “Well, you have to have this one. It matches your purple mixer!” I believe he paid about $13 for it at Target. (It was right before Valentine’s Day, so I figured that would be my gift. But then he turned up with a dozen red roses the next day, too. He’s definitely winning points with me these days!)
The KitchenAid mixer that started it all.
Get your matching set!
This is the color I have.
This is the color I have.
What are the parts of a can opener?
Just a little extra credit reading assignment, for fun.
- eHow article on can openers
Every wondered about the anatomy of a can opener? Here's a good read for you, then.
Downside: Not made in the USA
I’m a big proponent of buying American-made goods whenever possible. If I can’t find something made in the USA, I will usually look for Canadian or European. In this case, I didn’t even look before we checked out. I was aware that KitchenAid stand mixers are made in the USA, so I sort of forgot to look before buying this time. By the time I realized it, I already had it home and my heart was set upon it. C’est la vie.
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