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Jars impossible to open

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Gingster Tue 06-Oct-20 14:01:58

I have two brand new jars. One of jam another of chutney. Yesterday I couldn’t open the chutney. DH tried, no luck. Eventually he used the nutcrackers and got the lid off. Today I Its the jam jar. DH is out. I’ve tried and tried to get the :#@* lid off, - tapping the edge, using the rubber grip. The nutcrackers don’t go round the lid. I e even pierced a hole in the top to no avail. I don’t have any problems with my hands. I’m quite strong with no arthritis or rheumatics. For heavens sake!,, !

travelsafar Tue 06-Oct-20 14:07:14

MY other half says to me that if he goes before me i would starve as i can open things either, even the little plastic top on the inside of the milk bottle container i can't pull off!!!! I dod remember my mum putting jars or bottles in the hinge sie of the door in our kitchen and then closing the door as far as possible then giving a twist to the offending item, usually it worked. The only trouble was it left a gouge in the woodwork, there were several actually !!smile lol. Any one else tried this method???

Puzzler61 Tue 06-Oct-20 14:11:10

I’ve had similar difficulties and bought one of these. The loop at the end of the handle is extendable to go around jar top, then pulls tight when you hold the handle and turn.
The brand is Xyliss -Strong Boy jar opener, works well and was around £15.00

sharon103 Tue 06-Oct-20 14:18:11

If you've got any thick elastic bands or a few thinner ones, put them round the edge of the lid. You'll be able to get a better grip. Or another thing I try is grab the lid with a damp cloth and twist.
Good luck smile

Jaxjacky Tue 06-Oct-20 14:44:41

I run the top under a hot tap, usually works.

ninathenana Tue 06-Oct-20 15:04:55

Pierce the lid with a sharp knife, which releases the pressure making it much easier to twist the lid off.

Gingster Tue 06-Oct-20 15:28:49

Ah thanks everyone.

travelsofar yes I remember my mum doing that and dad going mad about the gouge in the door. 😂🤣.

I’ve tried pircing the lid ninathena. That usually works but not this time.

I might invest in that Strong boy opener Puzzler . Do Lakeland do a similar thing, I wonder 🤔.

DH just come in. He tapped the lid all round and it seemed to do the trick. Opened !

Thanks for all your tips 👍

M0nica Tue 06-Oct-20 15:33:34

You can get electric bottle and jar openers. DD has had one since the accident that permanently damaged her right-arm. She also has an electric tin-opener.

B9exchange Tue 06-Oct-20 15:34:21

Travelsofar, yes my mother used that method. She used it on a bottle of ammonia, the neck of the bottle broke, and the contents splashed on the dog's face, huge panic, she didn't try that again!

chelseababy Tue 06-Oct-20 15:49:50

I put a marigold glove on, usually works.

Alishka Thu 08-Oct-20 13:41:22

Jars, I turn upside down, fit my narrowhead 6" screwdriver into one of the indents on the lid, lever it against the jar, and wait for the 'pop' as the seal is broken and then it opens easily.

This is also a service I offer to my neighboursgrin

Special screwdriver is kept in the jar with the wooden spoons etc. next to the cooker, btw.

giulia Thu 08-Oct-20 14:18:08

I put on my rubber gloves, like CHELSEA BABY, and it most often works. I am 75 and I do suffer from arthritis in my hands.

Oldbat1 Thu 08-Oct-20 15:04:16

I never have any bother since buying a “jar key”. The best Kitchen implement ever.