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Subject:Do people really buy them?
Time:03:08 pm
Poll #1553237 Can opener

Do you own an electric can opener?

Yes
13(19.4%)
Yes, but I don't use it
0(0.0%)
No
54(80.6%)
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sabyl
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Time:2010-04-19 10:11 pm (UTC)
And I recently replaced my piece of crap one that came courtesy of Harrahs with a nice, aesthetically pleasing but very functional one and I use it all the time. The piece of crap one though was so bad that manual was better.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-04-19 10:14 pm (UTC)
Really? How many cans do you open in a month?

For me it's like one or two.
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sabyl
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Time:2010-04-19 10:22 pm (UTC)
Depends on how much cooking I am doing. But I used canned Garbanzo beans a lot. Also canned stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce (yes apparently there is a cancer risk, but at this point in time I have no good alternatives), Steve buys refried beans a lot and uses them. I've been known to buy canned fruit on occasion. Canned coconut milk is another item I use a lot. Canned black olives. Hmm I could go on...
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filthy_habit
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Time:2010-04-20 01:38 am (UTC)
I'd really like to know what a "good" electric can opener is. I have yet to find one that works the way it's supposed to.
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sabyl
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Time:2010-04-20 02:38 am (UTC)
I provide a link to mine below :-D
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songmonk
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Time:2010-04-19 10:16 pm (UTC)
I grew up with my parents having an electric can opener. I remember two things about it:

1) The lid would often fall into the can (possibly making a mess and being unsanitary depending on what the contents where), and

2) The cutter getting gunked up and totally disgusting as time went on

This is what I use now, and I absolutely love it.

I wouldn't say that I'm anti-electric or anti-automatic, but I find the design of the can opener I use to be vastly superior to the design of the standard electric can opener. (And most manual can openers.)
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evwhore
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Time:2010-04-19 10:25 pm (UTC)
My parents had one too. I don't remember lids falling in; maybe we always stopped before it completed a circle.

I use a handheld one now, when I actually cook, which is basically never.
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songmonk
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Time:2010-04-19 10:28 pm (UTC)
Canned soup, fruit cocktail, pitted olives. These things don't open themselves. :-)
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evwhore
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Time:2010-04-19 10:32 pm (UTC)
soup: I'd say "see below" but you already did
fruit cocktail: not in pull tabs yet?
olives: whole olives also come in jars; sliced ones I guess I've only seen in small cans that require an opener.
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andrewhime
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Time:2010-04-19 10:33 pm (UTC)
The one my parents had used a magnet to catch the top lid.
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evwhore
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Time:2010-04-19 10:34 pm (UTC)
hmm, this vaguely rings a bell now that you mention it.
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songmonk
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Time:2010-04-20 12:40 am (UTC)
My parents' opener did too. It worked some of the time. :-)
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sabyl
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Time:2010-04-19 10:28 pm (UTC)
This one is mine (electric). It holds up the can so it's hands free. It keeps the lid separate. It's super easy and easy on the hands. It has a bottle opener on the back. The part that gets gunked up is removable and is dishwasher safe. And I guess maybe I buy more canned food than I should. Oh - and it is purty and matches my new blender.

http://www.amazon.com/West-Bend-77204-Electric-Opener/dp/B00030J1UC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1271715861&sr=1-1

Add to my list of foods canned tuna and canned crab meat as well.
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2010-04-19 10:52 pm (UTC)
The one at my mom's house also had electric knife-sharpeners built in.
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slamonella
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Time:2010-04-20 12:24 am (UTC)
It probably had knife destroyers built-in. Those things were horrific.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-04-20 12:26 am (UTC)
The knives we had were horrific too... it all balanced out.
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slamonella
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Time:2010-04-20 12:53 am (UTC)
Were they horrific before someone used that thing to sharpen them? I remember some of the paring knives my grandmother used to have that she "sharpened" with that thing. So much of the center of the blade was ground away they looked like talons.
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mslorelei
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Time:2010-04-19 10:22 pm (UTC)
No electric can opener, but I understand they're useful for those with arthritis and other disabilities.
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jpmassar
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Time:2010-04-19 10:23 pm (UTC)
With my RSI and Kristin's problems with her elbows and the resulting trouble we were having opening stuff I finally convinced us both that it was stupid not to get one, even though it does seem silly (because, as you note to Sabyl, we really don't open more than a few cans a month).
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2010-04-19 10:23 pm (UTC)
Are you kidding? I'm a lefty with fine motor problems & I eat a lot of canned soup. I used a handheld one for awhile, but it was annoyingly difficult & hurt my hands.
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evwhore
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Time:2010-04-19 10:27 pm (UTC)
I hardly ever cook (see above) but to the extent I eat soup (infrequently) it's stuff like Progresso that I got in 8-packs from Costco, and they all have pull-tabs these days. There are also like brick packs from TJs with tab-y things. Is Campbells or whoever still using regular can tops?
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songmonk
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Time:2010-04-19 10:29 pm (UTC)
Heh, I wrote the above comment, and then I realized that, yeah, I don't need a can opener for most soups.
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2010-04-19 10:37 pm (UTC)
Campbell's, S&W, Imagine... I didn't even have any kind of can opener, until I realized that a lot of the things I wanted didn't have pull tabs.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-04-19 10:31 pm (UTC)
I guess they totally make sense for people who have physical problems with a manual one.
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sabyl
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Time:2010-04-19 10:32 pm (UTC)
LOL - does klutziness problems count?
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andrewhime
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Time:2010-04-19 10:32 pm (UTC)
I think I did at some point. I dunno, it's been a confusing 16 years.
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2010-04-19 10:51 pm (UTC)
I grew up with an electric can opener in every house I lived in or visited, and using them was an everyday sort of thing, but I kind of forgot about them after I left my childhood home and started building my own household. I was thinking about them just a couple weeks ago, and marveling at the fact that anyone would ever use one. (The thought was inspired by a similar thought about popcorn poppers, though at least those have some sort of lame-ass health justification for some people.)
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2010-04-19 10:56 pm (UTC)
I answered No, but I have purchased one as a gift. Yes, I am that generous.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2010-04-20 02:21 am (UTC)
I remember having one in one or more households growing up. I know I had one for a while when I was married to D - more because someone gave it to us as a wedding present than because we actually wanted it. I've had a manual opener at least since moving into my previous house, about 12 years ago, possibly before that. But once a year, I really wish I had an electric opener - when we do the 50+ person chili party. I open upwards of 30 cans (tomato sauce, tinned chiles & mole, beans, clams for dip, that sort of stuff). I suppose I could borrow one, but I never seem to think of it.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2010-04-20 02:25 am (UTC)
But as I age or as my wrists and arms get worse for whatever reason, I can totally see getting an electric can opener.
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thorfinn
Subject:WTF?
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Time:2010-04-20 02:31 am (UTC)
WTF? I don't think I've even seen such a thing for sale anywhere here in .au.

Do y'all have horribly badly designed manual can openers or something? We have ones that even people with near zero coordination and hand strength can use effectively...
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whitebird
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Time:2010-04-20 05:01 am (UTC)
I may have an electric can opener, but if I do, I've never used it in my own household. I use a 20+ year old wood handled Swingaway manual opener that works like a dream.

And I dislike that cans like Campbell's soup cans have pull-tab lids, because they leave a lip around the edge of the can making it harder and more annoying to get the last bits of can contents out.
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the_ogre
Subject:Yep...
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Time:2010-04-20 03:15 pm (UTC)
...we use it, too - we bought it mainly do help mitigate 7patches RSI.
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yayhappens
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Time:2010-04-20 07:23 pm (UTC)
I have a space saver one that is underneath my cupboard like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Proctor-Silex-75400-PowerOpener-Cabinet/dp/B00006IUX3/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1271791090&sr=8-6

but it's not as honkin' huge as the product pic!

I don't use the can opener a lot by any means, but I feel like it's enough that using a manual would be too much for my bad wrists.

I'm opening cans of tuna, tomato sauce, and chicken broth fairly regularly.

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