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How to Open a Jar With a Spoon

How to Open a Stubborn Jar With Ease

It's frustrating when a jar lid is exceptionally hard to remove. I always hear my father's voice say, "pretend you're on a desert island and that's all you have to eat." After a childhood of that, I've figured out a no-fail trick for opening difficult jars. The secret ingredient? A spoon. Here's what you do:

  1. Hold the spoon in one hand and the jar firmly in the other.
  2. Nestle the spoon in the crack between the lid and the glass. Push up and back. You want to break the seal.
  3. Press up with the spoon to loosen the lid. If the seal does not break, rotate the jar and repeat, pressing up and back with the spoon until you hear a pop.
  4. Let go of the spoon and twist the lid off. It will come of smoothly and easily.

How do you deal with frustrating lids? What's your trick to remove them?

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Tracy3243461 Tracy3243461 5 years
Why would you go through all this trouble and run the risk of bending the spoon? Just hit the jar on two sides with a sturdy butter knife and DONE!
kins kins 9 years
knock it hard, lid down on a countertop OR bang the back end of a heavy knife against the lid a few times
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 9 years
Hahaha. This is my mom's favorite trick. She'll laugh when I show her this post. Once, in 7th grade public speaking, we had an assignment to give instructions on how to do something. My partner was "the hot guy" and I taught him how to open a jar using a spoon.
ellieb ellieb 9 years
Anything opens for me if I grab it like usual, then bring the lid vertical against my sternum and pull my arms down with my shoulders- brings stronger muscles in to do your work! Never fails!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I could've used this last night! My parents had one of those rubber things to open jars. So I grabbed my rubber cleaning gloves and got the jar open that way.
sabs sabs 9 years
Nice tip! I do the same thing with a butter knife instead of a spoon. Works every time!
amandalynnmc amandalynnmc 9 years
Hold the jar upside down and smack it on the bottom with the palm of your hand. You will hear the pop of the seal. Sometimes you have to do it more than once if you didn't hit it hard enough the first time.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
I never give up. I keep trying till its open.
CoronaLove CoronaLove 9 years
i would just rather wack it with butter knife a few times. it has never failed me. i know if i tried the spoon trick i would end up bending all my spoons. i have more butter knives to spare than spoons.
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 9 years
My father showed me this trick when I was a kid. Afterwards he said "now you don't need a man around the house unless you really want him." I love my dad.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I have a jar of relish that I have not been able to open for two years. I have tried every trick and so has everyone else and it still refuses to open
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
Power tools, celeblover. Power tools.
celeblover celeblover 9 years
What about those hard to open gatorade bottles? got any tricks for that?
princexy princexy 9 years
I use the rubber band on the lid. If that doesn't work I add a rubber band to the body of the jar that I am trying to open.
verily verily 9 years
millarci, that's the method I use and that's exactly where I learned it from. TV is so educational. ;) If that doesn't work, I've used the spoon trick. I once dislocated my middle finger from trying very hard to open a stuck jar. Needless to say, it went into the trash and I went to the doctor.
emalove emalove 9 years
I just use one of those jar-openers/grippers. Much easier!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I do this, tap the cover with the spoon, run it under hot water or use a towel. Or well all of the above...ha.
jopperma jopperma 9 years
I use my silicone trivet or pot holder that has some raised dots of texture. They open anything, I even use them on small lids like stubborn soda bottle caps.
indieglam indieglam 9 years
I did this very thing last night on a stubborn jar, hehe.
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