On Thanksgiving day I emerged from the kitchen to make an important announcement. Actually, it was more of an ecstatic cheer. I have found The One! You see, ever since I parted with my old, classic can opener (after a decade of service it was warped and rusted), I have had a surprisingly difficult time finding a good replacement.
Having said goodbye to the basic can opener, I found some of the newer designs rather enticing. Alas, the ones I tried were ineffective, uncomfortable to hold, or cheaply made (even when decidedly not cheap in price). Fortunately, I don't cook with many canned foods, anyway (thanks, BPA!), but no kitchen should be without a reliable can opener.
I had pretty much given up on finding a can opener I liked until last week, when a lackluster homemade pumpkin puree (I had the same problem as this reader) led to an emergency purchase of canned pumpkin – and the decision to test one more model: the Fissler Magic Smooth-Edge Can Opener.
I had tried a similar model from another manufacturer and found it unnecessarily complicated and bulky. Fortunately, my experience with the Fissler was just the opposite. Consisting of a single compact handle, it's designed to remove the seal from the edge of the can, creating a lid out of the top. Two advantages: the opener doesn't touch the contents, and it's easier to store any leftovers in the fridge.
It has a nice feel; the stainless steel handle is sleek and sturdy and there aren't any extraneous parts. There's a little instruction sheet to guide you through the first use, but it's really quite simple. The opener works swiftly and fluidly and creates smooth lid without jagged edges or filings. It's really the most elegant can opener I have ever used. What a happy Thanksgiving surprise!
At around $30 this isn't cheap, but it seems like a well-made investment for the long term. Have you used the Fissler Magic Smooth-Edge Can Opener? What did you think?
• More information: Fissler USA – Where to Buy
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