Use Paint Can Opener For Opening Jars

If you have trouble opening new jars of food, such as pickles, jams, etc. because the lid is vacuum sealed, slide the curved edge of a paint can opener under the edge of the jar top and push down or twist slightly. It allows air into the jar to break the vacuum seal, and the jar should open easily. It's far safer than a knife, it doesn't take up much room, and is sometimes free when you buy paint!


By ginnywest from Murrells Inlet, SC

April 20, 20100 found this helpful

I've been doing the same thing, only with a screwdriver. It's so much easier to open jars after that seal has been broken, isn't it?

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April 28, 20100 found this helpful

You can put the jar upside down in some hot water and it is easier to open.

You can place a folded dish cloth on a table and turn the jar upside down and give it few taps.

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