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EZ-open FCOJ

Easy solution to an easy-open can.
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Frozen concentrated orange juice comes in easy-open packages. You merely pry up a tab of plastic and pull the ring of plastic from around the top and violá; you are ready to start making juice.

My problem is that I open about 60-70 cans of frozen concentrate every month and I normally have to resort to gripping the tab with my teeth due to the smooth, slippery nature of the plastic. I thought, why not just put some texturing on the end of the tab for additional grip. The cost would be minimal and with the texturing, a solid grasp could be obtained.

I am not sure if this is baked. I may be just buying the wrong brand of juice, but I have never seen this feature on easy-open cans.

Klaatu, May 17 2004

My nemesis http://www.dolejuic.../PineappleJuice.jpg
It's that white strip of glass-smooth plastic on the right [Klaatu, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       [Klaatu] glad to see you half baking again, I would recommend Tropicana, as there is a finger hole in the tab. I've been looking for a link, so far no luck.
dentworth, May 17 2004

       Took me awhile to realise/accept that the idea is the easy-grasp tab, not the frozen juice. Is frozen juice a common medium of juice distribution (ignoring popsicle-type frozen snacks)?
benjamin, May 17 2004

       May I ask how you use 60-70 cans of frozen concentrate every month?
tchaikovsky, May 17 2004

       Good solution to the specific problem, [Klaatu]. (You could, of course, do this yourself with a pair of artists' canvas pliers, but that isn't the issue.)
jurist, May 17 2004

       [checks the freezer...].
As dentworth indicates for Tropicana, the 16oz. Kirkland Signature o.j. from Costco has a ring instead of a tab.

       benjamin, it is common, but it's frozen concentrate to which water is added.
Gromit, May 17 2004

       [klaatu] Are you on some kind of high vitamin C diet? Do you have a large family? Do you live in an area where the water is unfit to drink? Is there any lining left on your stomach?   

       Actually, juice packaging (liquid and frozen)in any non-bottle presentation is difficult - there are so many opening/pouring contraptions and configurations in the market and none of them seem consumer friendly. One large company in Australia has tried at least 12 configurations on their 1 litre juice cartons in the past five years and it's still not making customers happy. <sigh>
ConsulFlaminicus, May 17 2004

       Perhaps Klaatu works in food service such as a restaurant or in some capacity where he cares for the nutritional needs of others, such as a daycare or nursing home?
Gromit, May 17 2004

       Good grief man, that's a *lot* of Vitamin C. You can always get this stuff delivered by tanker, which sounds like a better solution.
DrCurry, May 17 2004

       I can tell you [Gromit ] is correct, Klaatu is a director in a nursing home type of setting. has many charges. I don't think he'd mind my answering for him.
dentworth, May 17 2004

       Well, it was either that or he was building a replica of the U.S. space shuttle with the empties.
Gromit, May 17 2004

       i prefer the Dr curry approach a Tanker of orange juice, or even a central orange juice supply pipeline,
engineer1, May 17 2004

       As [dentworth] indicated, I am the resident manager for an adult foster care facility. I am the care provider for 5 mentally ill adults. Most of the psychiatric medications dehydrate severely. In addition to the 60-70 cans of FCOJ a month, my residents also consume at least 80 packages of prepared Kool-Aid and 400-500 bags of tea. I try to limit their intake of coffee and soda pop, but they are free to go to the fast food outlets or the grocery store.   

       I must buy FCOJ due to the sheer volume of food that I need to store monthly. Storage becomes quite an issue. I also must purchase food that it inexpensive (profit) and yet nutritious and interesting to the palette.   

       When cooking 90 meals a month, anything that makes life easier in the kitchen is welcomed. All that I want is a bit of texturing on that stupid tab to make it easy to grip in my arthritic fingers.   

       Would the ring on the Tropicana/Kirkland brand make this idea baked? I await your verdict.
Klaatu, May 17 2004

       People just don't realize that every kitchen needs a pair of Vise-grips.
lurch, May 17 2004

       "Bobby's all thumbs!"
"Is not!"
"Is too!"
"Is NOT! Watch." (Hands can to Bobby)
Problem solved.

       Works when you're feeling fumble-fingered with those cighellophane packs, too.
dpsyplc, May 17 2004

       It's such a simple solution to a seemingly small problem that it deserves a croissant. I say seemingly small, but this must be a huge problem for thousands of people with arthritis, muscle problems, etc not to mention those of us who are just slightly rubbish with smooth tabby things. +
hazel, May 17 2004

       diuretics mainly
po, May 17 2004

       Mushrooms, marajuana... oh, you mean dehydrate people.
Worldgineer, May 17 2004

       anyway K just wants to open the package more easily +1   

       btw, I seem to have dropped off your no 2 most beloved spot these days!
po, May 17 2004

       The only problem I can see is that texturing may weaken the material. I often have the plastic break as I pull. Of course, this could be solved by the OJ companies not being cheap and spending an extra 1/1000 of a cent on a thicker plastic strip.
Worldgineer, May 17 2004

       If you didn't already have enough reasons to hang on to those sardine tin keys, use one of those to remove the strip.
dpsyplc, May 17 2004

       Mentally ill adults on orange juice sugar rushes? Wow...
RayfordSteele, May 17 2004

       We counteract the sugar rush with a bit of Haloperidol, Clozapine, Depakote and a few others. The problem with most psych drugs is that they tend to dehydrate and constipate badly. Fluid replacement is always top priority. Medications will act differently in a dehydrated person, and most of my people are "brittle" on their medications. A few mgs. this way or that makes a big difference in their life...and mine.
Klaatu, May 17 2004


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