Oh, OXO. You make such a lovely can opener. ‘Tis a thing of beauty. Because, as advertised, it opens a can. No muss, no fuss, just food and fingers intact.
Why the big deal about the can opener? Well, we had a lousy can opener for the last few years. It was the 99-cent special from the grocery store, and it was the most frustrating thing to use in our entire kitchen. No doubt about it. We also had a few major hand wounds thanks to that particular tool.
You might read that paragraph and think I’m just complaining about a slightly less than stellar can opener, but it was worse than that. It sometimes took four or five really solid attempts to open a can. Even then, you’d often have to pry the lid open. Hence the injuries.
A month or so, we broke down and replaced the lousy can opener with the lovely can opener above. It changed opening cans into something I actually kind of enjoy. Weird, I know. But it did teach me that if you have something that horrible in your kitchen (and it can be replaced with something awesome for less than $10), you should replace it. Soon.
Tonight’s dinner of Kale, Sausage, and Bean Stew a la Dinner: a love story was made possible in party by our good can opener. For a wonderful 30-minute recipe and a good can opener, I’m grateful.
(Oh, and you can get to the recipe by clicking on the picture above. Standard ol’ links aren’t working today. Sigh.)