For years, most of us opened cans by holding the gadget vertically against the edge of the can before we start to turn the knob. But as it turns out, there's a much easier method to get rid of the lid without having to worry about the lid falling into the food.
A few weeks ago, a Twitter user shared a genius hack that changed the way so many of us use can openers.
While the tweet demonstrated a trick that was readily embraced by those who were looking to improve their experience in the kitchen, it still sparked a lot of discussion on the correct way to operate a can opener.
Apparently, instead of holding the can opener on the side, position it horizontally and after you've completed a full rotation, the lid will come off while still attached to the opener.
The debate got heated, and the tweet was deleted, but thankfully Cinemagraphy recreated the hack in a video posted on YouTube.
The clip, titled "The proper way to use the can opener!," has since been watched over 456,000 times, and many viewers flocked to the comments to share how they felt about this hack.
"I was fooled for 22 years," wrote one user, while another said that they "gasped at the 25-second mark" when the lid easily came off the can.
However, there were a few people who warned that while this method does work, it should be done with caution because some can openers aren't made to be used horizontally.
"You do it this way, you might end up eating tiny metal particles along with its content," commented NightEdgeYt. "The way how the can opener cuts the metal can in this manner is different from the usual way that we do."
Another viewer shared a similar cautionary message: "Yeah, doing this turns the top of the can into a sharp, jagged mess and can cut some of the label. Have fun trying to pull slivers of paper out of the can and slicing your hand up. 0/10 would not recommend."
As you can see, the verdict is still out on which method works best, but at least you're now aware of all the options that are available to you. If you do it the "old" way, you'll have to deal with a sharp and difficult to handle lid, and if you opt for the method shown in the video, you're left with a sharp can edge.
If these techniques seem like too much work, you can just use an electric can opener. These fancy, but inexpensive, tools usually make sure the lid is completely off and are designed to create a smooth edge so your fingers are safe.
At the end of the day, it's up to individual preferences when deciding on which method to use. What matters is you do it as safely as possible.