I know this is a personal finance blog, but sometimes I like to share household tips. This is the easiest, most fail-safe method I’ve ever found to open a jar. And for someone like me, with tendinitis in my hands, it’s also a sanity saver!
But in one way it can also save you money, since you won’t need to buy a fancy-schmancy store bought jar opener. And you won’t even need any tools. You’ll just need hot water, a counter top or table, a towel, and your hands.
How to open a jar without special tools
Tight lids can be maddening. Especially when you’re hungry. So here is my favorite way to open a jar with a stubborn lid:
- Place the jar on the counter next to the sink, keeping it ready for action.
- Put a terry towel on the counter to help absorb the impact in step 5.
- Now run the hot water until it’s very hot (without burning yourself).
- Grip the jar firmly around the middle, holding only the metal lid under the running hot water for about 30 seconds.
- Still holding the jar firmly, strongly tap the edge of the lid in four separate places on the towel (to protect your counter and absorb a bit of the impact), as if you were dividing the lid in 4 equal parts.
Be careful to hit ONLY the lid and not the glass!
6. Now twist the lid open. It might take a little extra effort (especially your first time trying this), but in most cases it should open fairly easily.
7. Repeat if the first time doesn’t work.
What if your hands still need some help to open a jar?
As I mentioned, I have tendinitis and can usually open any jar this way. But if you still need a little extra help, just wrap a thick rubber band around the lid and try opening it again. Hopefully, that will do the trick!
SOME WORDS OF CAUTION: Never forget that we are dealing with glass. And glass can break. Glass can also cut. And contents can spill. So just be very aware whenever you open a jar using this or any method. Oh … and stay close to the sink, just in case.
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