Quick Tip: Use a Bottle Opener on a Stubborn Jar Lid

published Sep 15, 2009
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Sometimes what should be the easiest part of a meal – opening a jar – turns out to be the most difficult. If you’ve got a lid that won’t budge, try this handy little trick, and save yourself a lot of aggravation.

We recently had quite a battle with a jar of olives. We wrapped it in a towel, ran under hot water – nothing worked. But we HAD to get those olives out.

We’d already prepared a triple batch of Cheddar Olive dough for a football party, and kickoff time was fast approaching. There may have been some yelling, and we may have briefly considered smashing the jar on the floor in frustration.

Before giving up entirely, we did what we should have done in the first place – consult the Internet. And just like that, we found a great trick that could have saved us a lot of trouble:

Use a pointed-tip or rounded bottle opener to apply pressure to the lid and break the vacuum seal.

With that, the lid popped right off, and our Cheddar Olives were saved. It doesn’t take much pressure at all to break the seal – you don’t need to puncture the lid.

Do you already use this trick? Do you use another jar-opening method?

(Image: Joanna Miller)