I recently convinced every child in my house that Chef Boyardee isn't the Antichrist, and now they love that wonderful pasta boy creations. Most canned foods that have anything to do with children have the lids you simply pull off making lunch time go smoothly, and parents everywhere sigh with joy as we gain that extra two minutes of life.
Lunch at my house came without the pop top can. Chef Boyardee.... well, he's got life on track. But, when the store is OUT of what I want, I do the next best thing and reach for the store brand. No pop top on the cheaper brand.... no problem.
I told the fabulous four they could play outside while I made lunch. I turned my music on..... super fast pasta meal coming up!
Can opener..... fail. I turned and turned..... and about one fourth of the way around, the can opener bent just enough that it wouldn't cut. I tried bending it back but that didn't work. No problem. I could bend the lid with pliers in such a way that it at least the broken can opener would finish the job.
Now, being a single mom I no longer possess the tool box. I have a hammer, necessary screwdrivers and duct tape, so I can fix just about anything. I needed pliers to bend this lid, but at least I could find a substitute. Scissors.... no, these are needed, and just wasn't willing to risk breaking those too. Then I saw what I could use. The hole puncher!
I bent that lid... then cut that lid..... then bent.... and cut.... and bent..... yes, this had to go on for some time, but I refused to be defeated by the lack of a pop top can! The contents of that can however, were not packed in such a way to take such violence and it did create a bit of a mess. Still... I bent and cut my way around the top until it was open enough to pour out.
After sharing this story with my mom, she brought me her extra can opener. I ask you... who has an extra can opener? My wonderful mom! Happy Birthday to her this weekend!