The other night I cooked myself a chickpea curry with some veges. I chucked a few spices, a can of tomatoes, the chickpeas and some veges and let it simmer. I cooked up the rice and thought I’d enjoy it with some plain yoghurt and some mango chutney.
Try as hard as I could, I just could not open the lid to the new jar of mango chutney. The veins in my head nearly popped with the exertion. It was really frustrating. I ran the jar under hot water which usually loosens it a bit and still it would not budge.
I had to stop trying so started eating my dinner but not liking defeat I still had a couple of tries opening it and still it would not budge.
Last night when I was washing the dishes I had my rubber gloves on which have a grip on the fingers so wet dishes don’t slip out. I was wiping cupboards and there was the annoying jar of mango chutney. I picked it up while wearing my gloves and it occurred to me that they would make a good grip on the glass. Sure enough, I was able to open it.
There you have it – my tip for the week.
I used to have that same problem with jars of sauerkraut (which I strangely developed a taste for). I gave up the song-and-dance of trying to find the perfect thing to grip-and-twist the lid off with.
The foolproof way to get the lid off is to just get a screwdriver and put it under the lip of the lid and give it a little twist. You’ll hear the release of air… and after that you’ll be able to turn the lid with no effort at all.
HOusehold tips and tricks…don’t you just love them. Nice to meet you.