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How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« on: May 12, 2011, 01:19:41 PM »
Ok I want to use one of my jars of canned chicken and I can't figure out how to get the lid off.  I even searched online and found one article that said to use a can opener to pry it off but evidently I don't have the right kind of can opener.  Is there some trick to removing the lid?

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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011, 01:42:22 PM »
I'm a big fan of the "turn it upside down and whack it on the bottom with the palm of you hand" method.

If it's not reusable, a hole poked in the lid can loosen the vacuum as well.


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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2011, 01:47:02 PM »
my SIL taught me a nice trick, but I can only manage to get it to work on quarts and sometimes pints.
take the canning RING, and place it with the bottom against the jar, the thinner part (bottom of the ring) touching under the seal.  sometimes, the seal is a bit off center, so it works better where it hangs over the jar a little more.
grab the jar with both hands, your thumbs over the Ring.  Push up with the ring to pop the seal off the top of the jar.

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as for the can opener method, I found a picture for you:
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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2011, 01:50:56 PM »
The kind MS shows will work as will what is referred to as a "church key." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churchkey or http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=church%20key This is what my old Granny always used.
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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2011, 01:51:07 PM »
Use a bottle opener, not a can opener. The older style with the point works best. Just use it enough to "pop" the seal and not puncture the lid, just in case you plan on not using the whole jar and putting it in the fridge.
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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2011, 01:52:56 PM »
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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2011, 02:02:33 PM »
ok I don't have either one of those types of openers.  I should probably just go out to the store and get a couple of them.  Good excuse to make a beer run anyway.   ;D

Thanks so much for all of the suggestions!

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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2011, 02:11:14 PM »
ok I don't have either one of those types of openers.

Boy, are you young!  If you have a Swiss army knife or a multi-tool, one of those might have a bottle opener. My multi-tool does.

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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2011, 02:54:09 PM »
Well I do have a multi-tool in my bugout bag but it's a cheap one.  Maybe it does have a bottle opener but I realized this item was on my list of items to purchase anyway so I just went to the store and got one.  And really I'm not young... I'm over 40.  It's just that my can opener is the standard crank one with the silicone handle - it doesn't have the 'bottle opener' attachments.  I got it really cheap at the dollar store.  I even have an electric can opener but I haven't used it in ages because it just takes up more counter space and is just unnecessary.  So anyway, I'll put this one in with the kitchen camping gear because I want this one to go with me if I have to bug out.

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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2011, 03:54:59 PM »
I use the ring of the jar to pop the lids.  I put the edge of the ring up under the edge of the lid, and lever it.  Pops right off, no special tools needed.

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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2011, 05:12:32 PM »
I just use the handle end of a butterknife and push upward on the underside of the lid.. or a spoon or whatever.. the corner of the counter...

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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2011, 06:00:14 PM »
I just use the handle end of a butterknife and push upward on the underside of the lid.. or a spoon or whatever.. the corner of the counter...

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You can also use the blade of a dinner or butter knife, lodged under the top thread of the jar and twist to pop the lid off.

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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2011, 06:15:56 PM »
You can also use the blade of a dinner or butter knife, lodged under the top thread of the jar and twist to pop the lid off.

*S* Bent butter knife blades annoy me.. hence the butt end. Just like bent fork tines.... ARGH!

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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2011, 06:28:19 PM »
*S* Bent butter knife blades annoy me.. hence the butt end. Just like bent fork tines.... ARGH!

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and spoons that some idiot my dad used for scooping ice cream. ::)
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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2011, 06:30:29 PM »
and spoons that some idiot my dad used for scooping ice cream. ::)

Yeah those too!!!!! I use the bent forks for gardening now..

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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2011, 08:08:28 PM »
and spoons that some idiot my dad used for scooping ice cream. ::)

oh man I nearly fell out of my chair... LMAO.

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Re: How to Remove Lid From Canning Jar
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2011, 07:54:59 AM »
I've always used the handle of a teaspoon between the edge of the seal and the top thread on the jar. Just give the spoon a slight twist. I have never had the handle bend.