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How to Open a Can Without a Can Opener

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So you're in your kitchen or on the hiking trail, trying to open that can of tuna, but you can't find your can opener. Dangit!

What do you do? That chicken of the Sea is calling your name, and your stomach is grumbling.

In the video below, YouTuber CrazyRussianHacker will show you how to open a can without a can opener. This simple method doesn't require anything other than a rough surface like a concrete or a rock and voila, you've got tuna juice on your hiking boots.

Super easy, right? If you're a camper, you'll need something to cook the contents of the can. Check out this handy camping stove that you can make with just a beer can and a knife.

Though if we're being honest here, it's weird that anyone on a camping trip would go out in the woods with canned tuna and without either a Swiss army knife in their pocket or one of those tiny P-38 military can openers. But the more a survivalist can do with their bare hands, the better.

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WikiHow's three additional hacks for opening a can without a can opener involve stabbing the top of the can while it's on a stable surface with a kitchen knife or pocket knife; a metal spoon method that'd require a lot of elbow grease and the bowl of the spoon; and a chef's knife method of cutting open the lid of the can that seems the most practical DIY option outside of keeping a can opener handy or buying trail snacks with ring pull lids. Also, it'd make sense to try that first step with a screwdriver or pliers, which would be sturdy tools to chisel open the edge of the can/edge of the lid.

This story originally ran on Sept. 21, 2016.

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