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darlenelovesart
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darlene
Loleta California
USA
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Posted - May 26 2013 :  7:41:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was opening a jar lid one day and was really struggling with it, so I decided to try something different.
When you want to take the lid off, take a bottle opener and put it under the lip of lid and lift up until you hear a pop. You can then open the jar very easily.


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lovinRchickens
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Kelly
Pipe Creek Texas
USA
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Posted - May 26 2013 :  8:37:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Darlene
Well that sure sounds easy enough. My hands do get to hurting some days and that could help out a bit. Thanks

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JudyT
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judy
Southwest Wisconsin
USA
196 Posts

Posted - May 27 2013 :  06:42:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the tip, I'll remember this, especially since it's getting harder and harder to open jars.

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darlenelovesart
True Blue Farmgirl

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darlene
Loleta California
USA
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Posted - May 27 2013 :  4:58:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Try it on your next spaghetti sauce jar, you will see what a difference it makes.
I was trying one time to get a jar open and with tapping on the lid with a knife and using rubber jar opener I saw a bottle opener or anything that would fit under the lid and lifted it up and it popped and it opened right away, sure saves your hands doesn't hurt anymore to open a jar.
hugs

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StrawHouseRanch
True Blue Farmgirl

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Paula
Holt Missouri
USA
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Posted - May 28 2013 :  06:28:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is a great tip! I will put on my rubber dishwashing gloves to open jars too, whenever my hubby isn't around to help.

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darlenelovesart
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darlene
Loleta California
USA
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Posted - May 28 2013 :  2:10:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The gloves are good, but if you don't have the strength, and your hubby isn't available, try the bottle opener lift up technique

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QuiltyMom
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Jan
Falls Church VA
USA
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Posted - Nov 19 2013 :  1:05:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've also used a spoon for this. Works like a dream!
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churunga
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Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
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Posted - Nov 19 2013 :  4:34:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sometimes if you run hot water over the edge of the lid, it will pop right off.

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darlenelovesart
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darlene
Loleta California
USA
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Posted - Nov 19 2013 :  11:12:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes spoons work well too, I think that I used the bottle opener because that is what fit under the lid at that time.
It is so easy once you get the lid to pop and it just twists right off.
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darlene

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CindyG
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Cindy
Fairfax VA
USA
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Posted - Nov 20 2013 :  02:54:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll have to try this spoon method. My way of doing this task is much less gentle - I hold a screwdriver by the shank and give the edge of the jar lid a good whack with the screwdriver handle.. If you do it right, you get that "pop" sound that announces the seal is broken and the lid comes right off.

The spoon method sounds much, much safer!
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darlenelovesart
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darlene
Loleta California
USA
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Posted - Nov 20 2013 :  7:14:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes wacking it is hard on it and you. you can use anything that fits under the lid and let you lift it up to get the popping sound.
Then it opens.
darlene

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JerseyGirl
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Michele
Southern NJ
USA
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Posted - May 13 2014 :  02:49:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've done that! A fork or knife work as well. There are also rubber discs you can get at Dollar Tree that work immediately as well.
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darlenelovesart
True Blue Farmgirl

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darlene
Loleta California
USA
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Posted - May 13 2014 :  09:50:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yeah those rubber disks work too, I had one lid recently that I had to beat on. It was too narrow to get anything in to let the air in so I couldn't turn it so did have to whack on it some the next thing would have been hot water.
Most of the time they open for me.
hugs everyone
darlene

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brightmeadow
True Blue Farmgirl

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Brenda
Ray Township Michigan
USA
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Posted - May 20 2014 :  04:43:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Prying with a can opener or a spoon scares me a little as I am always afraid of breaking the glass and getting glass shards in the food.
I've used CindyG's "whack" with a screwdriver or butter knife handle. I will sometimes turn the jar upside down and holding it at right angles, bang it quickly down on the counter. It's important not to do it at an angle for the same reason - broken glass. Just the force of the "whack" will often loosen the seal.

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - May 20 2014 :  05:38:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I usually use the pointy end of the bottle opener to pry open the seal, like Darlene first suggested. I love how easy that is. But sometimes it doesn't work so well, so I just break the seal by quickly smacking the bottom of the jar with my hand - not super hard, just with a little force. I'm afraid to bang it on a hard counter because the counter doesn't have any "give" and, like Brenda said, you could smash the glass if you're not careful. My hand, being a bit softer, works just fine. Just don't smack it too hard with your hand, that's all. I've used the rubber grip that goes under my cutting board to twist off the lid in a pinch, too. :)

Great ideas, girls. Thanks for posting this, Darlene!

Hugs -

Nini

Nini

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AutumnCountyGirl
True Blue Farmgirl

102 Posts

Kiersten
Suffolk Virginia
USA
102 Posts

Posted - Nov 21 2016 :  7:31:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you don't mind a little noise, you can take the butt end of a butter nife and smack it around the edge of the lid. It should break the seal and you'll be able to twist the lid right off.

Kiersten
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Edited by - AutumnCountyGirl on Nov 21 2016 7:31:24 PM
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IndoorsyGal
Farmgirl in Training

11 Posts

Allison
Fort Scott Kansas
USA
11 Posts

Posted - May 23 2018 :  07:52:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My husband does this crazy thing where he slaps down hard on the lid with the flat of his hand and then it opens for him. Generally I just use a rubber band around the lid (because I don't have one of those rubber disks) or the butter knife thing around the edges like my grandmother did, or the run it under warm water thing. But lately I just yell "Man!" and my husband knows he has to open a jar for me.

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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

585 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
585 Posts

Posted - Aug 05 2019 :  5:56:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have to pop the seal on the lids before I open them, too. I use a butter knife under the lid to get it to pop. I have arthritis in my hands and can't open them until I do this.

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