In my house, I'm the person people bring jars over to in order to be opened. In case you've dinged your pride and want jar-lid self sufficiency, here's what I've learned. Pressure goes inward, not downward. Tap hard with the back of a butter knife three times first in different spots on the edges of the lid right where it meets the glass, with the intent of denying the lid some but not chipping the glass... and maybe run it under a warm tap if it's got something sticking up the threads. Truly obstinate ones sometimes need a rubber band wrapped exceedingly tightly to help with both grip and pressure.

Jul 28, 2017 at 2:37 PM
In my house, I'm the person people bring jars over to in order to be opened. In case you've dinged your pride and want jar-lid self sufficiency, here's what I've learned. Pressure goes inward, not downward. Tap hard with the back of a butter knife three times first in different spots on the edges of the lid right where it meets the glass, with the intent of denying the lid some but not chipping the glass... and maybe run it under a warm tap if it's got something sticking up the threads. Truly obstinate ones sometimes need a rubber band wrapped exceedingly tightly to help with both grip and pressure.
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