How to Open A Stuck Jar When All Else Fails

Most people who have ever had to open a jar to cook something know the pain of trying to open a stuck jar when it really, really doesn't want to be open. Luckily, there are plenty of tricks if you need to know how to open a stuck jar quickly. Even the most stubborn jar won't stand a chance against these tips and tricks!

How to Open a Stuck Jar Lid

A stubborn jar lid can often be encouraged to open if you can get a better grip on it using a dish towel, paper towel, a silicone pad, or rubber glove. But sometimes that simple trick doesn't do the job.

You can also try to pop the vacuum seal on a stuck jar by turning a jar upside down and giving the bottom of the jar a few good whacks. (We like to call this the Fonz method because it's like when the iconic Happy Days character would hit a jukebox to make it work!)

You can also sometimes break the seal with a bottle opener by pulling the lid away from the jar. Lightly hitting the edge of the lid with a butter knife or wooden spoon also sometimes helps to break the vacuum seal.

Putting the lid of the jar under hot water or at least warm water can also often encourage the stuck jar to pop open. Just be sure to rotate the jar so all sides of the lid get wet, and the metal should expand and loosen up the lid a bit to encourage the jar to open.

If using other tools or water to try to open the stuck jar doesn't work, you can try gently knocking the lid against an object like your kitchen countertop at a 45-degree angle. You should absolutely use caution with this method so as to not dent a jar or even break a glass jar.



Last but not least, sometimes a stuck jar just comes down to using brute force. If you really can't get it open on your own and someone else can join you in the kitchen, ask for assistance. You can be pretty confident in your own strength and still not be able to convince that jar to open after you've tired yourself out trying for a long while. Don't ever be ashamed to ask a buddy for help!

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