Saving money on food is one of the few places a traveler can cut corners, though staying in dives and traveling lowest possible class are also options. Each choice depends on how brave you are, how well-schooled in sef-defense techniques, or how much money you have.
Being medium to zero on the travel, lodging and defense issues, I put most of my energy into food. Now that I’m living in an apartment, my options have expanded mightily. Oh, yes, speaking of expanding, losing weight is a good motivator for saving money on food. And when you are adding the labor, service and ambiance to the meal, you are already saving a ton of cash.
So, there I was last night, finishing up the last of the pea and carrot instant soup I had been enjoying for the past three days. How, you ask. Simple. I kept adding stuff to the remaining instant soup mix I had stirred up into a soup at the beginning. Cooked potatoes, chopped fresh onions, and some of that garlic in chili oil I told you about in an earlier post turned it into a tasty stew.
My next addition was going to be a can of mushrooms I’d bought at the little corner grocery store near the TEFL school out in Barrandov. Big mistake. There was an Ikea hand-operated can opener in the utensil drawer I had planned to use. But when I actually tried to put it into service… I couldn’t get it to work!
I prodded and pounded. Twisted and turned. Got nothing but a dented can. Then I got a bright idea – the Internet!!! YouTube!!!
The solution presented is below, but there is a bit more to the story. I did get the darned thing to work, but it only went about one inch around and then refused to go further. Undaunted, I got out the Ikea bread knife that didn’t work. (Instead of slicing straight down, it almost always veered to the left to make a slanting slice. I think the serrations weren’t right.)
BUT, the knife did cut through the steel of the can! Yay! It was noisy and required considerable muscle, but it worked. I got my mushrooms, darn it! The cost of the food was tiny in view of the fact that I got four meals out of the soup. And the knife cuts straight slices now – guess it decided to behave in hopes it wouldn’t be required to cut cold steel again.
So, here is the video of the darling Russian guy who showed 35,000+ of us how to work it.