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Culinare MagiCan Auto Opener
Last year I decided that I wanted to spend a decent amount of money and buy what I hoped would be a good and reliable tin opener. Especially, after having such a horrible time with our last one that would only open half the tin and then I needed to try and pry the rest open to get the contents out. I finally decided after wandering around the kitchen department of a home and furnishings store to buy this Culinare Magican auto opener, it both looked and felt sturdy and I hoped it would be exactly what I was looking for.
The main reason for buying any can or tin opener is to open tins, in this respect it does a fantastic job. It is very easy to attach to any round tin, you simply line it up (the twistable knob on top) and then click the side clip into place, simply by squeezing it shut. Generally, we don't eat too many things from a tin but I do love chopped tomatoes and I always buy the cheaper variety without the ring pulls for use in most stews or chilli. I would classify a good working tin opener as being a kitchen essential, something you didn't really notice how much you used until it suddenly didn't work or was absent.
Culinare have called this MagiCan tin opener an 'auto' opener, because with a touch to the side button releases the lid without ever having to touch any possible sharp edges. Personally, I think that referring to this tin opener as 'Auto' is a tad misleading as this is not even remotely like one of the one touch electronic can openers that will do everything for you.
I have quite small hands and this tin opener is still really easy to hold and doesn't require you to put your back into it to open any tin, which my old one did. This opens tins smoothly and quickly with only a few rotations of the top being required. To date I have only used this on round tins, when I did initially buy this it did say on the packaging that it opens all tins but I would be a bit sceptical as to whether it could successfully open a squarish corn beef tin. I don't eat corned beef all that often and luckily the last few times I have managed fine with the annoying little key thing that they provide you with. However, with conventional round tins I haven't came across even one that this Culinare tin opener has failed to open smoothly and on the first attempt.
Annoyingly this tin opener does have some small flaws, on some cans it leaves a small strip of paper that often ends up in the food. For some reason this seems to happen quite a lot with tinned tomatoes rather than anything else, it is easy enough to remove but admittedly it would be better if this never happened.
I have found this tin opener to be very easy to keep clean and maintain, the majority of the time it never gets messy when opening cans but from time to time it does get a little splash of food on it. I very simply just give this a swoosh around in the basin of hot soapy water at the same time that I am cleaning the rest of my dishes. I have also occasionally given this a quick squirt of Dettol before cleaning just to make sure that nothing nasty is living on it.
The one I own slightly differs from the white and navy example in the photograph above, as I own a mostly silver variation with black touches. I bought this from a Sterling furniture and home store but these are readily available in a lot of other stores, supermarkets and online. I paid £10 for mine and it really has been worth every penny I no longer have to worry over whether or not it will open the tin and it doesn't require anywhere near the amount of strength my last one did, this just glides over the tin opening it with ease.
I really like this tin opener even despite its small flaws here and there and this gets a full five out of five stars from me. I would happily recommend this to anyone thinking of replacing there old tin opener as it really has made a difference, I never realised how poor and badly my other one performed until I got something that worked first time every time and only requires the lightest of turns to successful open the tins.