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Old Age Strikes Again.


morddwyd
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This time a major blow - no more Fray Bentos pies.

They're too big for the electric opener, and my arthritis is no longer up to a manual tin opener.

The end gets ever nigher!

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Quickbeam

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Just a thought, if you have a local blacksmith, would he open them for you;)

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morddwyd

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Thank you for all the responses.

Plenty of other pies available, of course, in fact I am awaiting delivery of half a dozen traditional mutton pies later this week, and I live near Dundee, one of the few places where, when you order a carry out pie, you specify the brand.

However, the essential problem remains the same - I can no longer get the lid off Fray Bentos tinned pies!

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BT

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Talking of Tin Openers etc. does anyone, like me, think that the advent of the 'Ring Pull' type of can a backward step.

They are most definitely not easier to open resulting in the proliferation in the sales of gadgets to get hold of the ring to enable you to get enough leverage on the thing if your fingers are suffering a bit from old age.

I was attempting to prise one open last week and the ring broke off before the top had even started to separate. That is when I found that you can't even get a can opener to fit on the rim, and you can't turn the can upside down as they are made without a bottom rim.

So it was either throw away the can unused or resort to brutal methods. I eventually employed the method used when cans were first invented and used a screwdriver to break the seal on the pull off lid and prise it up.

If you don't have one of those ring pull gadgets I find the simplest way is to push the handle of a spoon through the ring, lift it to break the seal then with two fingers each side of the ring, grip the spoon handle and it pulls the lid off fairly easily, providing of course that the ring doesn't break off.

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Aitchbee

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Hello BT, ring-pull cans are great.I go through about 20 tins of sardines per week.Drain the oil and eat straight from the tin or pop onto some toast.Ring-pull soup cans are also a great boon.

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Aitchbee

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Hello morddwyd - how old are you? I am 56. You come across as being as sharp as a whistle.

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peter99co

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Get a friend to open it and share the pie!

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BT

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AitchBEE

It was a ring pull soup can that gave me the grief last week.

Give me a good old fashioned 'Butterfly' can opener any time.

Butterfly opener

Beats the modern ones every time.

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Quickbeam

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"I go through about 20 tins of sardines per week"

And I'll bet they go through you too...

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Quickbeam

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I always buy tinned toms with the ring pull opener.

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BT

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I go through about 20 tins of sardines per week.Drain the oil...

I prefer mine in tomato sauce ;o]

I must admit that for strange shaped cans like sardines and Corned Beef (don't you always get the one without the key) Ring Pulls can be better than a can opener. Having said that if you do have to use an opener the ones that cut the top off below the seam rather than inside the top are much the best in these circumstances.

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