Often used for prying off lids or puncturing cans, the traditional bottle opener, also known as a Churchkey, became popular in the 1930s. Even though it’s a staple in nearly every kitchen the Churchkey is capable of more than most people realize. Here are 5 practical uses for your trusty bottle opener.
1. Remove Chestnut Shells
An easy way to remove the shells from chestnuts is to use the pointed end of a bottle opener to pierce the tops and bottoms of the shells and then boil the chestnuts for 10 minutes.
2. Cut Packing Tape on Cartons
Can’t wait to open that long-awaited package on your doorstep? If you don’t have a penknife handy, just run the sharp end of a bottle opener along the tape. It should do the job quite nicely.