Friday, July 8, 2016

Good Cook Safe Cut Can Opener Reviewed

Are you tired of can tops that will cut your fingers and hands?  This simple safe cut can opener opens the can without leaving a sharp edge on the lid.
Are you tired of can tops that will cut your fingers and hands?  Do you worry that anyone who sticks their hands in the trash can will cut their hands on can lids with sharp edges?  Or perhaps, you stress that just compressing the trash with your hands will result in an injury due to sharp can lids.  If this is a problem in your home, than I have a solution for you. 

I know that intro just sounded like an infomercial, but this article is in fact a review of the Good Cook Safe Cut Can Opener.  I can tell you from years of experience that this simple can opener will make working in the kitchen safer when opening cans.    

This simple safe cut can opener removes the lid from a can without leaving a sharp edge on the lid top.


Discovery of the Safe Cut Can Opener


 Good Cook Classic 4 in 1 Can OpenerSeveral years ago, we were vacationing in Florida.  We rented a condo that was fully furnished which included dishes, silverware and appliances in the kitchen.  Upon arrival, everyone was hungry.  Since we had brought groceries with us, that was no problem.  I grabbed the sea shell pasta and started preparing a light lunch of everyone's favorite pasta dish.  I had no trouble finding the large saucepan in the cookware or the spaghetti strainer in the condo kitchen, but I couldn't find the can opener for the tomato sauce anywhere.  I had found something that looked like a can opener, but it didn't work!  It wouldn't grip the can and cut it open.  

Several people in the condo tried their luck at making the blade-less can opener work.  Then, miracle of all miracles, our young son who had actually never used a hand held can opener, tried this unique can opener and it worked without any problem for him.  So, I tried to open the next can.  Nope!  Didn't work.  I called my little magician back into the kitchen and again, no problem.  He whipped that lid off so easily it actually started to annoy me.  

I studied the can opener, I studied the can for an explanation.  Then I checked out the lid and discovered the biggest shocker.  There was no sharp edge on the lid!  Now, that just really freaked me out.  I was seriously wondering if my son really did have magical abilities.

For several days, I played around with that can opener determined to solve the mystery.  It was one handle piece that didn't seem to latch down like a normal hand held can opener.  Day after day I kept calling on our son to open the cans for me.  Then, one day, out of the beautiful Florida blue, that can opener latched on to a can for me.  I turned the handle, and viola', the lid was off!  It was a gentle glide that didn't seem to cut at all.  Actually, I was surprised to find the lid was cut off the can.  I couldn't "feel" the can opener severing the lid from the can, but the lid was off and the edges of the lid were smooth.  That was just weird, but really cool!

This simple safe cut can opener opens the can without leaving a sharp edge on the lid
To Open:  Rest the Metal Guide Bar on Top of Can,
Hold the handle and turn the knob clockwise. 
Cutting wheel automatically engages once the knob starts turning.

It turned out that my mistake when trying to open the can was that I wanted the opener to latch onto the can before I started turning the knob.  You must start turning the knob for the cutting wheel to engage.

Before we left Florida that year, I had already found and purchased a can opener just like the one in the condo.  I still use it to this day.  When our children started college and moved into dorm rooms, I included a Good Cook Safe Cut Can Opener in their dorm room college supplies too.


Life Before My Safe Cut Can Opener


I loved my under the counter Spacemaker can opener.  It was actually one of the first things installed in my kitchen when we first moved in.  I can go further back than that even and tell you that I adored my electric can opener that sat on the kitchen counter before the days of under the counter appliances.  

I was never crazy about hand held can openers.  They were simply a necessity in the kitchen until the invention of the electric can openers.  However, I was more than happy to return to a hand held can opener when we discovered the safe cut can opener.  Having a smooth lid edge is definitely worth the minor inconvenience of holding the can opener.  I will also note that the Good Cook Safe Cut Can Opener is lighter weight than the older hand held can openers.  It also glides when cutting so you don't feel like you are expending the same amount of energy or effort to remove the lid.  

I will never go back to can lids that turn into blades in the trash now that there is a smooth lid edge option!

The cutter also includes a pop-top opener and a grip twist wrench in the center of the handle, plus a pull tab lifter under the cutting wheel area.
 



 Edited to Include this Video Showing how to Use the Good Cook Safe Cut Can Opener

Fay, Favored1, commented below that she watched a video on how to use this can opener.  I thought it would be a wonderful addition to add the video here for all to see, so no need to search it out yourself.  One thing he does mention that I neglected to mention above is how to release the can opener after it has finished cutting the lid.

He is using a different Good Cook Can opener without the pop top opener, but the can opening mechanism is the same on both.




The Good Cook Safe Cut Can Opener Reviewed by:
House of Sylvestermouse




Note: The author may receive a commission from purchases made using links found in this article.

17 comments:

  1. I've heard of this safe cut can opener before, but never tried one. I can see where you had trouble figuring out how it worked and I'm glad you gave a 'use' explanation in your article. :) The more sophisticated products become, and the older we get, the longer the 'learning curve', I've discovered. :) No, seriously, I can definitely see this safe cut can opener being my next can opener (in the VERY near future as my old hand held can opener is wearing out).

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    1. These bladeless can openers are worth every cent, especially since they are so inexpensive! It is really nice to not have to worry about those can lids becoming blades just waiting to cut someone, which was most often me. My fingers thank me for getting this can opener.

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  2. What a great review! I definitely worry about cutting myself when I handle can lids with sharp edges, so this nifty opener would be a great addition to my kitchen. I'm wondering if the opener would work on cans (I'm thinking soup cans) with pull-off lids, which also have sharp edges. I have a harder time with those than I do with regular cans, but maybe that's because my hands are small. In any case, your Good Cook Safe Cook can opener looks like a must-have for anyone's kitchen!

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    1. LOL I typed the name of the opener wrong. "Good Cook Safe Cut," not "Good Cook Safe Cook," although that seems to apply, too!

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    2. That is something I had never considered Susan, but what a wonderful suggestion! Since I had a can of soup on hand, I tried it so I could answer your question and see for myself. Indeed, the safe cut can opener WILL open the pull off lid just like any other can. It leaves it with a smooth edge too. It simple ignores the tab top and cuts the can open normally.

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    3. btw, now I will be having Chicken Noodle soup for lunch :)

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    4. Thanks for sacrificing a perfectly innocent soup can to answer my question, Cynthia! (Good choice, though - Chicken Noodle for lunch sounds good.) Seriously, thank you so much for checking. Those cans with the tabs are so narrow, plus they leave a lip on the top that makes emptying the can difficult. I'm totally sold on your opener now and will place an order. Thank you again!

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    5. lol to the innocent soup can comment! It willingly moved to the table of sacrifice and my tummy will thank it later today. I appreciate your question because it made me wonder too. Another great save! I will never use the pull tabs again and risk the "blades" of the lids and inside the cans. Thank you!!!

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    6. Cynthia, I just opened a can of olives and remembered that I wanted to update you on the new can opener. It's great! It works as you described, making easy work of a tiresome chore. So glad you wrote the review. Thank you!

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    7. Thank you for stopping back by with your update Susan. I am so very glad you like it as much as I love mine. Every time I press down the garbage, I am grateful that I have this Good Cook Safe Cut Can Opener.

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  3. Watched a video on how to use it. Is the can itself sharp after the lid is cut? Some of those hand held openers are so hard to use that I stopped buying them. This looks like it would be easier to turn. Checking this one out Cynthia. Thanks.

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    1. No sharp edges anywhere Fay! Neither the lid edge nor the can have sharp edges or lips. Also, this can opener is much easier to turn and use than the hand held openers of 40 or 50 years ago. (Yes, I have been around the kitchen for that long)

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  4. My Mom had one of the hand held automatic ones & it cut her so bad my Dad chucked it in the trash that day. Like Susan I have small hands so this is something I'll be trying. Hubby even watched the video with me since he doesn't let me open any cans! Guess that will change :) You're still taking care of me! Great finds you girls have here for us.

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  5. Love the idea of a safe cut can opener. I don't use electric ones...seems wasteful to me, so this is perfect for my kitchen. Going to order now. Thanks for the review so I would know about it!

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  6. Cynthia, this is a must have for our house, or for my mom - hadn't ever heard of this before, great review

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  7. What a handy little gadget. I believe I'm going to have to get it. I am probably one of the few people in the world that hasn't figured out how to use an electric can opener. I've always used the kind that works by hand. I'm about due for a new one. I'm glad you included the video. It really helps.

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  8. What a handy little gadget. I believe I'm going to have to get it. I am probably one of the few people in the world that hasn't figured out how to use an electric can opener. I've always used the kind that works by hand. I'm about due for a new one. I'm glad you included the video. It really helps.

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