People nowadays are starting to preserve their own food in jars for emergency situations. Jars are awesome for storing long-term food, but many of us tend to close the lids too tightly. Because of this, it’s often difficult to open them right when we need to.
To solve this common problem, below are some easy hacks that will help you open your sealed canning jars.
The first trick is to run hot water at the center of the lid for a few minutes. Since most lids are made of metal, heating it for a while will make it easier to open the jar cover.
Another way is to use rubber bands and rubber gloves. These two items are commonly used to open tightly-closed jar lids. Using a rubber-made material will provide more grip to twist the lid properly.
You can find more tips below on how to open a sealed canning jar. Remember to be extra careful with this task so you won’t break the glass and hurt yourself accidentally.
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Top 5 Ways to Open a Tightly-Sealed Canning Jar
1. Run Water on the Center of the Lid Only
All you have to do is heat the center of the lid and that heat will rapidly spread to the edges and the ring. Just hold the jar under running hot water and direct the flow at the center of the lid. Then dry it off and give it a twist to see if it will open.
2. Turn the Jar Upside Down into Warm Water
This is a very common tip that works in most situations. However, dealing with cold jar will not work with this kind of process. By turning the jar upside down, you put the cold contents up against the lid and that can prevent the lid from heating enough to make a difference. So if your jar is cold, don’t use this method.
The idea is that by soaking the jar upside down, you not only heat the ring but also soak the goop underneath the ring that is causing the problem. Set the jar in the warm water for about 10 minutes and then give it a try.
3. Heat the Ring with a Hair Dryer
Method for heating the ring is to use a hair dryer. The key with this method is to point the hair dryer at the lid rather than the glass of the jar. Again, this is so that the metal heats more than the glass. Just a minute or so of heat should do the trick.
4. Rubber Gloves
This is by far the most successful way to get a good grip. You can either use an empty rubber glove like a towel over the jar or put both gloves on (one to hold the jar and one to open the lid).
5. Rubber Bands
If you don’t have a rubber glove on hand, grab some rubber bands. One large or several thin rubber bands wrapped around the ring, might give you just enough gripping leverage to give that ring a good turn.
Article Source: livinghomegrown.com