Oh, Oh, the stuck jar lid once again as it happened many times before. You are trying everything, but not a millimeter of movement is happening. What to do? The worst-case scenario is to eat the bread without the beloved jam or the side dish for dinner falls short.
Such a stubborn stuck jar can create easily some anger issues as nothing is working. Despite putting all the strength into it, the lid stays tight and stuck as before. Undoubtedly, it is frustrating but with some easy tips the jar opens up like a snap. The 6 most popular and proven tricks with guaranteed no sweat added:
1/ THE HOT WATER TRICK
Hold the jar lid under running hot water for some time. Of course, it should not be boiling hot, as warm water out of the tab does the magic in most cases. Because of the heat, the jar lid expands a little bit, thus reduces the vacuum inside the glass.
2/ HITTING THE JAR TRICK
With this trick, you need to gather a little bit of strength. By all means, please use only a flat hand to hit with power on the bottom of the jar. Make sure that you are not hurting yourself in the process. Please turn the jar upside down, hold it with one hand and hit with the other one moving downward. As an alternative, the jar can also be placed on a solid floor or table (avoid doing it on a glass table, though).
3/ THE MAKE A HOLE TRICK
In order to get rid of the vacuum build-up on the inside of the jar, get something sharp like a knife or screwdriver. Try to stab some holes, like a Swiss Cheese, into the lid. As a result, air can penetrate into the glass. The vacuum build-up is not there anymore and with ease even your kids can open the jar now.
With this trick, it is very obvious that reuse of the jar is not in play. In case there are still some leftovers, please repack them into some other air tide plastic or glass containers.
4 / THE LID LIFTING TRICK
Either use a flat screwdriver or a BLUNT KNIFE (do under no circumstances use a sharp one) to do this trick. In order to lift the stuck jar lid a little bit, choose one point and place the knife/screwdriver underneath the lid’s edge. If it is done correctly, a hissing sound can be heard. This is the “GO-SIGNAL” to quickly unscrew the lid.
5/ THE NON SLIP MAT TRICK
A lot of times a slippy hand prevents a tight grid or hold. By wearing either rubber gloves or using a nonslip place-mat will help to unscrew the lip. Place the glass on a non-slip surface or let somebody assist to hold the glass very tight. The second person can now try to open it, by using either the gloves or an anti-slip mat.
6/ THE CLASSIC TRICK: USE A JAR OPENER
A good jar opener should be a basic accessory in every kitchen. It is by far the most convenient and easiest way to open any stuck jar with ease. However, sometimes this good old helper tool is nowhere to be found and magically disappears somewhere. A lot of times, it will surface once there is no need for the jar opener anymore. We all know this too well. In this case, try tricks one to five for further assistance.
Summing up, these six easy ways to open a jar are great to know once the unfortunate is happening: the content just will not come out. You always will have peace of mind, even when the hunger overcomes you all of a sudden. Right, you know all the tricks now and without delay, the jar is open in no time.