Wise or paranoid?


Archive photo from several summers back, in northern Michigan, and, no, I don’t know what kind it is….

So, which is it?

When opening a can of, say, beans, I always wipe the top of the can off before engaging the can opener.


  1. kayak woman says:

    I was always taught to wipe cans off before opening by The Commander. I rarely do it any more. I do not get sick. I don’t think The Comm always does it any more either. It depends a lot on how dirty the can looks. But ya never know, eh? 🙂

  2. Sammy says:

    I guess I think (but hopefully not worry) about can’t-see things like heavy metals or warehouse pesticides more than viruses and bacteria…

  3. Robert says:

    But have you ever looked at your can opener cutting edge, or cleaned it on a regular basis?

  4. Sammy says:

    Boy, they can get gunky! I clean mine periodically with an old toothbrush (a common cleaning tool for New World archaeologists).

  5. kayak woman says:

    I do look at the can opener and clean it occasionally. I worry sometimes that we are all too “clean”. I’m thinking about the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that continue to evolve.