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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Kitchen Tip: Opening Jars

Don’t you hate it when you can’t get a new jar open and have to beg someone “stronger” to do it for you?

Beg no more!  All you need is a bottle opener.  Put it under the edge of the lid and lift just until the seal “pops.”  Now your lid will twist right off without a hitch.  And, yes, the lid will still screw back on no problem afterward.

And when your Go-To Lid Opener wonders why you haven’t asked for help in a while, just tell them you’ve been working out. 😉

(PS: Doesn’t my little Cate make a great hand model?  Look out, J.P. Prewitt!)


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    That’s so funny you posted this, b/c last nite I felt like I looked the naked women on Sienfeld opening the jar of pickles (except for it was pasta sauce, and I wasn’t naked). It was NOT pretty! I finally had my husband open it. Not anymore!!

    Also, thank you so much for your finance comment! It made my day!!

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    you can also use your rubber dish washing gloves! They really help grip the lid better.

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    Jane Maynard

    so true, collette! I actually have a found rubber thing made specifically for taking of lids…and it works great, most of the time…the bottle opener ALWAYS works, which is good. 🙂

    rubber gloves is genius! love those multi-taskers!

    anne marie – your comment made me laugh…and you’re welcome for the comment! 🙂

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    Ever try opening the large jar (I mean the LARGE jar) of marinated artichoke hearts from Costco? The lid is too big/wide for the average hand to get a grip…by the way, who is the other “Collette” who spells her name just like mine?!

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    Oy my gosh! What a cutie pie little Cate is! Just adorable…

    Great tips, Jane! I am going to try the cake strips soon also. I have some birthdays coming up, so it’s cake time!

  6. I use this all the time. For some reason your blog hasn’t updated in my feeder for the longest time. I now know it was because you moved!

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    To the other Collette – I found Jane’s website through my sister in law Ruth (who I believe was friends with Jane in San Diego) I will sign as Lettie if I comment again to avoid confusion! 🙂

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    Jane Maynard

    I like having multiple collettes…it keeps me on my toes! 🙂

    hannah c – so glad you refound me – yea! 🙂

    katelyn – thanks…I think cate’s pretty cute myself. 😉

  9. I swear I’m going to have arthritis in my hands by the time I’m 35, so I need every jar-opening tip I can get!

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    This is going to change my life.

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    Jane Maynard

    For the record…Nate wanted me to make sure I credited the source of this tip! It’s from my mother-in-law, Pat. Hopefully I haven’t caused any family riffs! 🙂

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    So, I have an additional tip that has NEVER failed for me. I just take the jar, and tap the edge of the lid on the floor a few times to break the seal. Since I have tile floor, I usually just tap it against one of the kitchen mats on the floor. I have never broken a jar – in case this seems dangerous to some!

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    He is such a great son!

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