The Best Ever (Quick) Guide: How to Open a Jar
We’ve all been there… you get a sudden craving for a pickle so you go and grab a fresh jar out of the pantry ready to taste that sweet, sour, vinegary goodness, but the jar has other ideas! No matter how hard you try, you just cannot get that lid to budge off the jar. Before you throw the jar of pickles at the wall in a fit of frustration, we highly recommend that you check out our quick guide on how to open a jar.
This doesn’t just work for pickles either. It can work for any sort of jam, bolognese sauce, a jar of curry, or any other jarred goodies you may have in your cupboard. We promise you don’t need to be Popeye to get it open, you just need some of our foolproof tips and tricks! Some of these tips and tricks are things you can do at home, manually, others are some excellent recommendations for some kitchen must-haves.
1. Use heat to open a jar
Apologies for turning this into a high school physics lesson, but as a quick refresher, do we all know what heat can do to different materials? Yep, that’s right, who said expand?! Heat does indeed expand materials. This is a process known as thermal expansion. This heat expansion expands the lid of the jar away from the jar itself, loosening it and allowing you to remove it with ease.
There are two ways of doing this: with water or with direct heat. You can either run the jar under hot water for thirty seconds, ensuring the lid gets the heat, or prop it into a bowl of hot water for thirty seconds. The heat from the water should loosen the jar lid.
When you are removing it from the hot water, please take care not to burn yourself. You can open it with a towel if you wish to ensure you are protected from burns.
The second option involves using direct hear from none other than your hairdryer. Simply blast your hairdryer at the top of the jar for a few seconds. This doesn’t need to happen for very long. Twenty seconds should be enough if the hair dryer is on its highest heat setting.
Take due care when doing this and ensure the hair dryer is not brought into the kitchen. Instead, take the jar to the hairdryer. The lid is likely to be very hot, much hotter than if using the water method. For this reason, you will definitely need to use a towel to take the lid off.
2. Use an electric jar opener
There are some fantastic feats of technology out there now that can revolutionize the way we live and cook. Electric jar openers are becoming increasingly popular, especially for people who suffer from arthritis and other conditions that affect the strength in their hands.