An Easy Way to Open a Clamshell Package

clean-can_300Tearing through the hard plastic packaging that sometimes surrounds a product can be… frustrating, to put it mildly. Fortunately, there’s a surprisingly easy way to cut through the clamshell, no futile scissors required.

Flip the package over, with the front facing down. From there, grab a sharp can opener, clamp the rightmost edge of the package, and glide the miracle-worker around your product. No sweat (or screaming)!

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  1. Brad E Wakeman

    You should’ve posted a picture of one of those plastic packages mentioned, but a great idea, nonetheless. Thanks! I’ll try to keep it in mind.

    October 21, 2013 at 11:18 am
  2. Paula

    I agree with Brad. The can is even a pull top.

    October 21, 2013 at 11:55 am
  3. Stephanie

    I’m confused – what does the can/jar of apple filling have to do whit this post?

    October 21, 2013 at 11:56 am
  4. Patti

    Actually the best idea is to purchase the specific scissors made for the purpose. They work wonderful and were the best $12.00 purchase of my life. Glad someone put them on a bridal shower registry or I wouldn’t have given them a second look.

    October 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm
  5. Helen

    I’m confused, too!

    October 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm
  6. MaryMc

    I’ve tried this and it has never worked.

    October 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm
  7. goglo

    This doesn’t work. I tried it and it is a joke

    October 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm
  8. Simply-Joyful

    You use the can-opener to open the “clam packaging” buy clampinthe can opener on the edge and Open as you would a can. Works very well .. and saves your fingers from being cut! ;)

    October 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm
  9. Misc Adverts

    A picture is worth a thousand words… we’ve now spent more than a couple asking for a picture of the can opener actually opening the subject of this short article — clamshell packaging. Show us the clamshell package being opened with the canopener.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm
  10. Rachel Stein

    Sorry for the delay! Packaging like this:

    October 22, 2013 at 10:04 am
  11. Alice Ross

    Clump shell packaging is really very nice because it is very easy to open. No need for a can opener to do it. This can also be perfect in giving for relief goods and for camping.

    December 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm
  12. Joe Btfsplk

    1. Some of us know what they are, but it is not intuitively obvious how you would actually use a can opener to open one.

    2. An even better idea is to ban the *#>&*! things. Not only can they injure the person trying to open them, they can cause the contents to be damaged and they stay in the landfill for about 10,000 years. There really is no excuse or need for them. Designing special tools for opening them only encourages them to exist.

    June 20, 2014 at 8:19 am
  13. Carolyn Sanders

    Joe Btfsplk (shades of Lil’ Abner!) says it like it is. The plastic industry is out of control.

    June 20, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.

    June 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm
  14. Brenda Kitch

    There’s no need whatsoever for such packaging! Packages should be designed to be easily opened without tools. I prefer not to buy a product if I can’t get into it.

    June 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm

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