Thursday, October 11, 2012

Can Opener Resurrection

Oh, it has happened to you. 

You've got water boiling, garlic sizzlin' and time is of the essence. You grab your can opener to crank open one of your ingredients when...frrrrllllp. The dang cutting wheel loses its slice in the middle of the job, leaving you with an unopened can, burning garlic and a really baaaaaaad attitude. 

What now? Stab the can like a knife-yielding Halloween maniac? Nah.
This can opener needs a mega makeover.
You've gotta fix this thing before you desperately convert it into a window opener- you know, from launching it, full force, at the glass in frustration. 

After closer inspection, I noticed that my can opener was gettin' a lil' rusty. Time to tidy up that blade, baby.
Rusty can openers just don't CUT it!
Grab a glass or container and add enough white or apple cider vinegar to submerge the can opener's blades. I simply dunked 'er in there and left the glass on the counter to soak overnight. 
Let the de-funk-ifying begin...
Ready to resurrect, I grabbed an old toothbrush and got to scrubbing. (Mom always reminds us to NEVER throw away an old toothbrush. They come in handy for the weirdest jobs. That packrat- I gotta give her this one.) 
The rust that had fallen off the can opener was obvious in the bottom of the glass. Ew-y!
I dunked the toothbrush into the vinegar and brushed away any residual rust that was lurking in the crevices of the wheels and inside the hinges. With minimal effort, the remaining rust just scrubbed right off the metal!

*It's important however, to remember to thoroughly DRY the can opener after this process. If you leave it wet, it will rust up again. 
Gently scrub the rust off and VOILA!
Well whaddya know! Praise be to the resurrection of my ancient can opener! She's a-gleamin' like new and ready for some get-down-to-it slicing now. No more simmer to BOIL madness during dinner prep in this house- unless we account for the high-pitched whining of hungry children...
Yippie Skippy! Lookin' SHARP!
For an extra bit of jazz, I read to tear off a bit of aluminum foil and fold it in half to double it up. Then I rubbed the foil along the can opener blade to sharpen 'er up extra nice. Well all riiiiiiight!
Ready for action. Hand me a can!
Your can opener hurting? Doctor it up with these super simple tricks. This baby slices so smoothly, I feel like I need a holster every time I bust it out lately. The most important trick for me to remember in the future is to ensure that I thoroughly DRY my can opener if/when it comes into contact with any liquid. This should prevent any future rusting.

Try it out! Tell me what you think.
Peace be with you in a successful resurrection.
Glooooory, glory, halleluuuuuujah!
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours

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