We've all been there -- struggling to open that jar of peanut butter or pasta sauce, twisting and twisting to no avail. So when your jar lid is stuck and you need the food inside to finish your dish, what can you do?
Here are some different methods to try when you need to open those pesky jars:
If you're struggling with a pesky jar and the lid isn't budging, the first thing you should try is getting a better grip to effectively twist it off. Use something as a gripper, whether it be a rubber glove or rubber jar openers. If you have a better grip on the lid, it's more likely to come off easily. All you have to do is simply place the grip-enhancing item over the lid, hold the jar steady and twist.
This method uses hot water to temporarily expand the jar's lid and break the stuck seal. There are two ways you can approach this method:
Another simpler way you can use hot water is by holding the lid under a running faucet until you hear the seal pop. Just be sure all the hot waterfalls on the lid and doesn't splash on you.
If the lid won't budge, you might have to pry it open. The most recommended utensil is a spoon, but you can also use a butter knife, a bottle opener or any other slim, dull item you have lying around your kitchen. To pry the lid open:
This is basically the tried and true method of "whacking the bottom until the lid pops off." And though it might be a bit brutish, it can work.
This raises the pressure near the lid, creating a "water hammer" effect and breaking the seal.
This method is similar to using a gripping tool, but instead of a rubber jar opener you are using rubber bands to get a better handle on the lid. For this method, take a few thick rubber bands and wrap them around the lid. This gives you something to hold onto that isn't the smooth lid, and makes the jar easier to grip and open.
This method works to break the vacuum seal with a simple lid strike, which will allow the lid to pop right off.