A few weeks back, I got into a full-fledged stand-off with a jar of coconut oil. I'd like to go on the record as saying that yes, reader, I emerged victorious. (Please send any congratulatory emails to [email protected])
I don't know why I wanted to use the coconut oil (I had plenty of alternatives), but I do know that as soon as I realized the lid was stuck on the jar as if it had been superglued (...by an evil roommate, perhaps?), that was irrelevant: All I could think about was how satisfying it would be to twist that lid off. (Those of you who can't rest until your stainless steel pans are free of chalky residue may understand me.)
Anyway, after mustering all of my forearm strength and straining many tendons in my neck trying to remove the lid (after all, The Art of Manliness names "brute force" as the first technique for opening a stubborn lid), I took to the internet, consulting America's Test Kitchen, Mother Nature Network, and the sometimes-dubious-but-sometimes-reliable WikiHow.
And, to make sure you never find yourself in this frustrating situation again, take preventative measures, as suggested by America's Test Kitchen: Cover the jar with plastic wrap before screwing the lid back on.
That is the current state of my jar of coconut oil (since you must be wondering). After opening it up and wrapping it neatly, I'm ashamed to admit that I have not used it. Once. But it is open—so I can! And that opportunity is all I need.
Any good tips for opening stubborn jars? Tell us in the comments below.