Can Opener

I'd normally call these a tin opener, but apparently the Americans have influenced the big shops, and they are now available as Can Openers.

Of course you will need one, but how complicated can it be? There are a number of lessons that I have learned that may help you.

  • Don't buy the cheapest one. They tend to round of easily, and will soon be in the bin. This will of course will happen just as you need to get into the tin in a hurry. I was always told "Buy cheap, buy twice"
  • Get one that takes the centre out of the tin, not the whole top off. That way, when you only use part of the content, the tin you keep doesnt have such sharp edges. I also use some old tins to hold screws, or clean paintbrushes in.
  • Dont be mesmerised by electric can openers, unless your opening hundreds of cans per day. What will you do during a power cut?




Electric Whisk

Costing as little as £6 they can make beating ingredients for cakes etc a really quick job



At about £20 for a basic model, these are great value for money.

Make soups, sauces, smoothies


Bread Maker

You need to have money to burn if your going to get a bread maker.

Complicated recipes, small loafs, plan hours ahead, and the same cost as buying a good loaf of bread.

Just try making bread by hand, much more satisfying, and a real cost saver.