Del Monte Foods - Would you peas fix your lids?

Review by 164748 on 2012-04-20
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I wanted to post this as a warning to others. With the family across town last night, I was left to make a quick dinner for myself after work. Since I went to the spa directly after work, the dinner was going to have to be something easy, since I was in no mood to play chef.

I decided on a macaroni, tuna, and pea casserole. Simple, but yet satisfying. I think I remember that line from The Lion King? But I digress. I got to the part where it was time to add the peas. I had bought a can of Del Monte brand peas. The can had a "pull-top" style tab lid. It looked convenient enough. The can resembles the little can of vienna sausages that just peel back, but on a larger scale.

As I was peeling the top back, the sides began to curl and about half way through, the entire lid popped loose. The sudden and unexpected movement caused my hand to slightly jerk and the razor sharp lid sliced the side of one of my fingers on my right hand. And I mean SLICED! Fortunately, I don't panic in situations like those, so I calmly made my way to the restroom and placed it under the cold faucet for several minutes until the majority of the blood subsided. I then wrapped it in gauze.

The rest of my medical treatment is inconsequential to the review, but I just wanted to relay my dissatisfaction with the style of lid this can had. I hope it's not something that they plan on continuing. While it may seem convenient, it only begs for accidents to happen. The can opener is a much safer tool to open metal cans. I'll forego the convenience of saving a few seconds, and replace it with the comfort of knowing that I won't lose any more blood in the kitchen.
Comments:26 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-11-15
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-20:
I spared the viewing audience by not posting a picture of the sliced and bloody finger.

...and yes, I still ate the casserole.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-20:
I still have a scar on my thumb from where I sliced it open on a can 3 years ago. I'm terrified to open cans now.
Posted by lexophiliac on 2012-04-20:
Frozen peas are fresher and better tasting. Try some honey on the cut, it has antibiotic properties and will heal the cut faster.
Posted by T on 2012-04-20:
A lid like that is going to come loose at some point as you pull it. It is wise to prepare yourself for the climax. Better safe than sorry.

That's an interest point, lexo, though perhaps DIRM prefers canned peas. Fortunately, they had invented frozen peas by the time the little shavers in Ma Trmn8r's house were born. My mom used the canned variety in casseroles as well. And remember, DIRM was in no mood to play chef.
Posted by MRM on 2012-04-20:
Just reading the part where you sliced your hands made me cringe!
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-20:
I just wanted to add that it may have been an isolated incident. Perhaps I could open another 20 cans and never have it happen again. But the potential is there. And that in itself is enough to hopefully be wary of this product.
Posted by Churro on 2012-04-20:
So you were just minding your own business opening a can a peas as directed to do by the can. In the course of following the directions you were harshly injured. Sounds like to me you're a victim of the negligence of the Del Monte Corporation DBA Del Monte Foods. That's totally inappropriate. It's outrageous, egregious, preposterous.

I think you got a case here. You get one pea eater on a jury and you're going to walk away a rich man.
Posted by MRM on 2012-04-20:
LOL! I liked that Seinfeld episode with Johnnie Cochran look-alike!
Posted by D. on 2012-04-20:
I'm always very careful with those types of lids for that very reason. Here's a Basher tip for you and others...Once the lid is pulled half way open, instead of pulling the rest straight back...do a little 'Basher Wiggle' with with the lid using your hand, pull from the left then pull from the right and the lid comes off smoothly and safely. KEEP your other hand at the bottom of the can for safety!

And I always find something to wrap the lid when I throw it away...because everyone at some point will push the trash down into the trash bag with their hands and the last thing you want to do is push down on a sharp lid!
Posted by D. on 2012-04-20:
"So you were just minding your own business opening a can a peas as directed to do by the can."

Yes Churro, DIRM was just minding his own peas and Qs!
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-20:
Or do what I do: have someone else open the can.
Posted by D. on 2012-04-20:
I'm thinking, I might make some tuna casserole today. I have to go shopping and didn't know what to make today...
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-20:
Gauze and bandages on aisle 8.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-20:
My mother used to make Tuna Casserole when we were kids and that is why my son (now 16) has never had it. lol
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-20:
Good cheap meal, and easy to fix.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-20:
My mom makes the best homemade Mac n cheese. Then she would ruin it by adding tuna and peas. Now I do like tuna and I do like peas, just not in my Mac n cheese. So my mom had to make 2 different pots of it when she cooked. One for me and one for everyone else.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-20:
Littleshorty> Separate pots? Then there's definitely a place set for you at our dinner table. My daughter doesn't like peas, so we make a separate one for her too...lol!

When I was her age, if there was something us kids didn't like about the meal...then we didn't get to eat. It was that simple. Or worse yet, we had to sit there at the dinner table and couldn't leave until we did finish it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-20:
Are you inviting me over for dinner DIRM?
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-20:
DIEM74, you must be my sibling. My mother only made one meal and if you didn't like it, too bad because you sat there until you finished everything on your plate or she would give it to you for breakfast the next morning if didn't. I'm a much better mom to my son. Tuna Casserole is nasty.
Posted by JISCal2 on 2012-04-20:
LOL same here. If we didn't like what was made we didn't eat... or we had to sit there till it was eaten... and if we didn't eat it, into the fridge it went and guess what was for breakfast.... GROSS
Posted by T on 2012-04-20:
There were multiple episodes with Jackie Chiles, the Johnny Cochran look alike. He was in "the Maestro", "The Caddy", "The Friars' Club" (one scene) and "The Abstinence". Also the Finale.

By the way, Chiles was played by Phil Morris, the son of Greg Morris, who played Barney on "Mission Impossible".
Posted by madconsumer on 2012-04-20:
most helpful comment lexo!!!!
frozen peas do have better quality than canned peas.
Posted by D. on 2012-04-22:
"Would you peas fix your lids?"
LOL...only took two days, but NOW I get it!

BTW...I made my Tuna Casserole yesterday and it was DELISHISH!
Posted by BigAl on 2012-04-22:
I like the easy open cans. I guess some people should just stay out of the kitchen.
Posted by JerryJ on 2012-05-20:
Actually, you can still open those pull off top cans at the top with a regular can opener. Some have a flat bottom so for sure you can open those at the bottom. I don't like the pull off top style for soups and other items because it leaves a ledge inside the rim for food to catch on when emptying the can.
Posted by Bea Teadubs on 2012-11-15:
I use a knife to pry the tab vertical and then use it as a lever through the loop to peel the lid off. I'm scared of slicing my fingers but this is also a very easy way to take the lid off.

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