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Ever met the jar that wouldn't open? I have. I named it the Impossible Jar. I won't bore you with the details but things got ugly. It fought hard, but in the end, I succumbed to handing it over to my husband, who insisted that I had inadvertently loosened the cap before giving it to him. Oh dear. He couldn't get it to budge either.

Here are few tips that I wish I knew before things got really, really ugly. These tried-and-true methods will keep both your sanity and your jar's contents intact. Unlike what happened to me when I met Impossible Jar.

Let's get started!

Step 1: Rubber Glove Method

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For this method, you'll need a rubber glove, the kind used for cleaning.

Simply slip it onto your dominant hand, and use the amazing non-slip ability of the rubber to give you better leverage on the jar's cap.

Twist and enjoy!

hoodsmom1 year ago

I haven't used it yet b/c I have always been able to open jars with a
combo of tapping hard with a butterknife handle and a rubber or silicone
glove/potholder/etc., but I put a strap wrench in my kitchen - I'm sure
that'd work.

mlee891 year ago
when the rubber glove can help you open the cap, that tell you one important thing: for those who ALWAYS fail, they concentrate more on TWISTING the cap father than GRABBING it. Ask one who can always open jars with their bare hands, they will tell you the same thing.
Jobar0071 year ago

The method I use is to place the curved lip of a spoon under the edge of the cap and lever it open just enough to break the vacuum. It doesn't work on all lid designs though, but you don't need to find a glove or band and I feel it's safer than banging a glass object. Try it out and add it if you like.

I do it all the time this way. Seems in Switzerland all liddesigns allow this.

dburlew1 year ago
there things for puting holes in cans of good some have a round end that is for opening impossible cans
mschelhas1 year ago
i have wrapped a wet rag around the lid and pulled on the corner to open a jar works good
jmdushi1 year ago
beating the bottom of the pot and if nothing works just make a small hole in the lid with a knife or fork
jmdushi1 year ago
how recognizable :) I will certainly try the rubber glove method. As tapping method you can als use your palm, just