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Tips on preparing food

Opening jars

You may wish to add a little to the comments about opening jam jars. One maker of jams and marmalades, Duerr’s, has easy-open lids. There is a slip ring around the lid which when turned prises off the sealing lid. It is really easy to use. I have gradually collected a few of these lids and they are ideal for re-use when making jam and marmalade at home.
Patrick, via email (Spring 2013)

The most effective and pain-free way to open jars is a gadget called the One Touch jar opener by Culinare. It costs less than £20 and it is magic!
Judy, via email (Spring 2014)

I found out how to open jars by trial and error as I am unable to grip the jar with my left hand which is required with most gadgets. Wrap a thick towel around the jar, push it against the wall or something solid and then tap all round the lid with a small hammer or kitchen scissors. You will then find the lid comes off easily.
Dorothy, Kent

Wear a rubber glove (washing up type) to open a jar. I find it does help.
Mary, West Midlands

I have had rheumatoid arthritis for 38 years and have never, until now, found a satisfactory jar opener. I have recently been given the battery-operated Culinaire One Touch jar opener, which is wonderful.
Janet, South Brent, Devon (Spring 2009)

My life was transformed when I bought a Jar Key from Amazon (Lakeland and John Lewis have them too). They only cost £2 or £3 and look a bit like a plastic bottle opener but are brilliant at opening jam jars, pickled cucumber jars, mayonnaise jars etc., and only need minimal pressure to break the vacuum on the lid. I have sent them to friends and family who have painful hands and they think they are wonderful too! I had a Culinare One Touch jar opener and hated it as it tended to make lids fly off the jar and did not fit every bottle...it is now in the bin.
Carolyn, Manchester (Winter 2015)

Opening cans

I struggle to open cans with ring pulls and have tried a number of different devices with no avail. I recently obtained a whale-shaped opener that seems to do the job. You need to lift the ring pull slightly away from the tin, which I find easy enough to do with a knife, and then slot the ring into the whale’s mouth and use the tummy as a lever. Unfortunately I can’t remember where I got it from, so this is a bit of a plea for information as I want to buy another as a back-up!
Sally, North Wales (Spring 2010)


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