How to Open a Jar with a Tight Lid

Have you ever found yourself trying to open a particularly stubborn jar? Maybe you arrived here by searching how to open a pickle jar.

Well, in my case it was a jar of sun dried tomatoes. Here’s how to open a jar with a tight lid 5 different ways.

Have you ever found yourself trying to open a particularly stubborn jar? Here are 5 proven tips to help you open a tight lid.

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A couple weeks ago, I found myself in a bit of a conundrum. I was making these Spinach, Ricotta and Tomato Calzones for dinner and needed sun-dried tomatoes (the sun-dried tomatoes that I had in the fridge were almost gone).

I had to open a new jar — but the lid would NOT come off. 

First I tried one of those rubber grippers. That didn’t work. The lid didn’t even budge.

I was starting to get a little irritated, and my hand had a huge cramp in it. I put the jar down and walked away for a while. It was the tightest lid I had ever encountered.

All the trying had left deep marks from the lid in my hand. Then I remembered a few tricks for opening jars with too tight lids that I learned years ago. I had completely forgotten since I can almost always open the jar.

Have you ever found yourself trying to open a particularly stubborn jar? Here are 5 proven tips to help you open a tight lid.

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How to Open a Jar 5 Ways

I always try the jar grippers first because usually that does it for me. But sometimes you might need to try another trick if the vacuum is especially strong and stubborn.

If you don’t have a rubber gripper or opener, try wearing rubber gloves, such as kitchen cleaning gloves, on both hands. Hold one hand on the bottom, the other on the top and twist.

And if that fails you, here’s how to open a stuck jar five different ways. I’ve found that in scenarios like this one, having more options is best!

1. How to Open a Jar With a Butter Knife

Using a butter knife, give the end of the jar’s rim a few gently whacks with the knife’s handle. Air bubbles created can help loosen the vacuum seal.

2. How to Open a Jar with a Spoon

Wedge the tip of the spoon in the underside of the lid in between the jar and it’s lid. Wiggle it back and forth to try to break the seal.

Do this all the way around the lid. Then, try to open the jar with your hands again.

3. How to Open a Jar with Hot Water

Hold the lid under running hot water for a minute or two. The hot water will warm the metal of the lid, causing it to expand which will make it easier to open.

4. How to Open a Jar with the Palm of Your Hand

Hold the jar at a 45-degree angle in one hand. With the other hand, smack the bottom of the jar.

Don’t use too much force that you loose your grip, just enough to create air bubbles that will help loosen the vacuum.

5. How to Open the Jar with a Few Bumps

Gently tap the bottom of the jar (hold it at a 45-degree angle) on the counter or a cutting board, moving it all around in a circle as you tap. Just make sure you don’t tap too hard because you don’t want to break the jar.

chicken with sundried tomatoes

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How to Open a Jar with a Tight Lid

How to Open a Jar with a Tight Lid

Yield: 1 jar
Active Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: FREE
Have you ever found yourself trying to open a particularly stubborn jar? Here are 5 proven tips to help you open a tight lid.

Materials

  • Jar with a tight lid

Tools

Things that Help Open Jars

  • Butter Knife
  • Spoon
  • Hot Water
  • Palm of your Hand

Instructions

With a Butter Knife

  1. Using a butter knife, give the end of the jar’s rim a few gently whacks with the knife’s handle.
  2. Air bubbles created can help loosen the vacuum seal.

With a Spoon

  1. Wedge the tip of the spoon in the underside of the lid in between the jar and it’s lid.
  2. Wiggle it back and forth to try to break the seal.
  3. Do this all the way around the lide.
  4. Then, try to open the jar with your hands again.

With Hot Water

  1. Hold the lid under running hot water for a minute or two.
  2. The hot water will warm the metal of the lid, causing it to expand which will make it easier to open.

With the Palm of your Hand

  1. Hold the jar at a 45 degree angle in one hand.
  2. With the other hand, smack the bottom of the jar.
  3. Don’t use too much force that you loose your grip, just enough to create air bubbles that will help loosen the vacuum.

With a Few Bumps

  1. Gently tap the bottom of the jar (hold it at a 45 degree angle) on the counter or a cutting board, moving it all around in a circle as you tap.
  2. Just make sure you don’t tap too hard because you don’t want to break the jar.

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