When there isn’t a butch around for miles (or if your fave butch has carpal tunnel, or if the jar is just impossible), solve the problem forever with the OXO Good Grips Jar Opener. Salsa, tomato sauce, artichoke hearts…don’t go working too hard, running the lid under hot water, smacking it with a metal spoon, squeezing it in a drawer, wincing, straining — stay cool with this power tool. $10
In general, can openers leave much to be desired. The cheap manual jobs gouge your thumbpad. The better ones tend to skip. The electric ones are bulky, silly and loud.
The Fissler Magic Smooth Edge Can Opener is like buttah. It’s light, ergonomic, and it manages to lift up the top of the can while leaving smooth edges behind. $27, and worth every penny.
Still mulling? Here are five more ideas.
So now that you’ve gotten my bitchin’ kitchen 411, you really have no excuse to make a left at Lame Gift Lane. Hook it up! Trust me: your girl’s appreciation will be truly scrumptious. (Feel free to throw any questions out in the comments section. I’ll do my best to respond with suggestions and advice.)
Candace is the co-editor of Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women (Seal Press, 2010), and Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On (Seal Press, 2009). She is currently working on a memoir-with-recipes for Seal Press called Licking the Spoon. Candace is also the features editor at Mothering magazine, mama of two, and enamorata of smarty-pants Laura, her live-in recipe tester. Follow Candace on Twitter @candacewalsh.