We take pride in our healthy, fresh Tascosa Hot Sauce! We seal our jars through heat sealing in order to keep all the delicious ingredients fresh. Sometimes, this can lead to a particularly 'tough' to-open jar. We want to ensure everyone can Tascosa their Taste Buds with these 9 tricks to open any stubborn jar.
1. A banging good time. Gently strike the lid against a hard object at about a 45-degree angle. A sink or counter is best. This can sometimes get the lid dislodged enough to break the seal without damaging it, so it can’t be reused. Be aware that if you hit too hard, you may dent the lid and make the jar harder to open, and there’s also a possibility of breaking the glass.
2. Hot water. Try running hot water over the jar for a minute, wiping it down, and then opening the lid; you may find it helpful to grab on with a towel for some extra traction. The heat can help the metal expand a bit, making it easier to break the seal as it loses its grip on the edge of the jar. You can also use a hair dryer or soak the jar in warm water to get a similar effect.
3. The inversion. Invert your jar, holding on to the glass part, and use your other hand to sharply slap the base. Tip it the right way ‘round and see if you can get the top off now that you’ve helped break the seal.
4. Get some leverage (carefully!). The best way to do this is with a small butter knife. Carefully slide the knife between the lid and the jar and twist a little bit to break the seal. Do this cautiously to avoid breaking the jar; otherwise, your Hot Sauce will be ruined with glass fragments!
5. Give in: you need a jar opening tool. They make these! Tools designed for older adults and people with neurological impairments that make it hard to open jars are intended to reduce the energy needed to open the jar and maximize the effort put into it. One of these babies can help pop the lid of a stubborn jar right off without fuss or spills. You might feel like a dork using it, but you won’t look like one when you open all your jars in a snap.
6. Traction, traction, baby. Sometimes your hands just don’t have the traction needed to get the job done. Try using a rough towel, a damp sponge, rubber gloves, a silicone pad (like those used for grabbing hot pans), a mousepad, or even a thick rubber band around the edge of the lid to give you some extra purchase. Twist firmly and carefully, maintaining pressure on the lid, and it might just give way under your patient attention.
7. Put on your tap shoes. Sometimes food gets stuck around the lid of a jar, especially if it’s had a rough journey or it’s been sitting around for a while (no judgments, as long as it’s not past the expiry date!). Try gently tapping on the lid to dislodge any stuck food before opening it; since it may still be stubborn, you might want to skip a struggle and go right for the traction method to get it open.
8. DIY duct tape handle. Loved by outdoorsmen and loathed by HVAC contractors, duct tape doesn’t look pretty, but it works. Tear off about a foot of duct tape and partially wrap it around the lid, folding the duct tape down to create a tab attached to the lid with a trailing piece of tape. Fold the trailing tape over to reinforce it (and prevent it from sticking to everything) and pull! You should be able to get enough support from the duct tape to get the lid going—as long as you’re pulling in the right direction.
9. A trusty assistant. If you happen to have someone else around and you don’t want to look silly as you wrestle with a jar and an assortment of household items, ask that person for a literal hand. Remember: you’re allowed to claim that you must have gotten the lid started, and they just had to finish the job, so you both could enjoy some Tascosa Hot Sauce!