Five Quick Hacks On How To Open A Jar

Five Quick Hacks On How To Open A Jar

Some jars are just impossible to open. You’ve been there before, right? You’ve tried as hard as humanly possible to get the lid off the jar of pickles, or olives, or raspberry preserves, but nothing seems to work. You dry your hands off on your apron, you give it another try, but still, nothing. It doesn’t budge. Then you hand the jar around like it’s the sword in the stone, and you wait to find out who gets to wear the crown.

The weird thing is, is that sometimes it’s a brand new jar, but sometimes it’s a jar that someone in your household put on. Who is this person with the superhuman strength? How did they manage to secure the olives so well that no other person can eat an olive again? It’s such a frustrating situation. Jars were meant to be opened, and you know how to open a jar. It should be easy. Then you start to wonder if you’re twisting the right way. It is lefty, loosey, isn’t it? Do you actually know how to open a jar?

Five Easy Hacks To Open A Jar

So, to save some face, and to save the olives, you need to know a few hacks on how to open a jar. When the unthinkable happens, and your brute strength fails, it’s nice to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here are five quick hacks on how to open a jar.

1. Wear Rubber Gloves

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Often times the hardest thing about opening a jar is getting a good grip on it. You need a little extra traction so that you can use your killer strength to its full potential. All you need to do is take that pair of old rubber gloves out from under the kitchen sink, and put them both on.

By wearing gloves on both your hands you make sure that you have a good grip on the lid, and a good grip on the jar. That little bit of extra grip should give you the little bit of extra oomph you need to free those olives.

2. Break the Vacuum

If your little jar of olives is brand new you might be having trouble breaking the vacuum seal. No amount of twisting, turning, and grunting is going to help if the lid is sealed airtight. The only thing to do is to find a way to release some air, and break the seal.  

To do this you just need to create space between the lid and the jar for some air to escape. Take the handle of a metal spoon and wedge it under the side of the lid. Then press down on the handle, toward the jar, like you would a lever. Providing you don’t bend the spoon in the process, you should be able to pull the lid away from the jar. You’ll hear a popping sound signifying that you have relieved the pressure, and the lid should twist off easily.

If you have soft spoons, or maybe very fancy spoons, you might want to try a handheld can opener instead. Either way, you’ll want to make sure that you have a firm grip on the jar, and that you are careful not to let whatever you use as a lever slip.

3. Use a Rubber Band

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If you don’t have rubber gloves lying around, you can always use a rubber band in a pinch. Just dive into your kitchen junk drawer, pull out your ball of rubber bands, and wrap one or two around the lid of the jar. You’ll finally have a use for some rubber bands, and you’ll get a good grip on the lid of the jar. It just might be enough to twist it right off.

4. Pour Hot Water on the Center of the Lid

If you remember your middle school science classes, then you’ll know that metal expands when it is heated. That’s why water can help a stuck lid come off. If you’ve got a stubborn lid that isn’t cooperating with all your other attempts, try pouring hot water in the center of it. By targeting the water in the center, you help the metal of the lid expand more than you do the glass. Since the metal expands more, it helps relieve the pressure, and you can twist the lid off easily. Wouldn’t your science teacher be proud?

5. Tap the Lid With a Wooden Spoon

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Sometimes the culprit of a stuck lid is actually the food that’s in the jar. Maybe you let the pasta sauce get a little crunchy, and now that caked on sauce is keeping the lid on tight. To combat that, all you have to do is take out a trusty wooden spoon and give the lid a few whacks around the edge. You can take out some of your aggression from the day, and even though you may deform the lid a little, you’ll get your pasta sauce out in no time.

No Lid Will Be Left Unturned

Now that you know five easy ways to get a stubborn jar open, you’ll never have to struggle helplessly again. Plus, you don’t have to give anyone else the satisfaction of opening a jar that you can’t.

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