You know those things you read where someone has calculated how many cumulative hours a person spends across the span of their lifetime sleeping or yawning or taking the outer wrapper off of individual rolls of toilet paper? I would like to put in a request for someone to study how many cumulative lifetime hours a person spends trying to open stubborn lids on glass jars of pickles, peppers, beets and so on.
- #1 Approach the task with a good attitude, expecting a positive out come.
- Bang on the bottom of the jar with my balled up fist to break the vacuum.
- Make one or two hearty attempts to open the jar barehanded.
- Use my OXO jar opener to twist the lid off.
- Bang my OXO jar opener around the edges of the metal lid.
- Run the lid/jar connection under hot water.
- Repeat both the barehanded and the OXO attempts at opening.
The old me would run through that sequence twice and then just give up and live my life without pickled peppers. The new me refuses to be defeated and has come up with a fool-proof method for success.
I stab the lid with a screw driver.
Straight down right in the center of the lid. And not one of those slim pink lady screw drivers, either. I mean a big regular right out of the tool box yellow and black handled flat head screw driver. It makes a neat little puncture, the vacuum is released and the lid turns easily off of the jar. The only unwanted side effects are that (a) you won’t be able to reuse the lid/jar combo after the stuff is all gone and (b) your husband WILL NOT will not stop bringing it up. Maybe that’s just MY husband, who has his eyes on every jar/lid that comes into the house. He plots their second life before the jar is even opened – even if its opened in the traditional, less dramatic fashion.
Screw driver in the air/just don’t care. I will never be slave to a factory- sealed jar of condiments ever again.