Sunday, 26 February 2012

Useful kitchen gadget - a jar key

Jar Key

Sometime ago I was given this little gadget - I wasn't even sure what it was for.  Then I discovered it was really handy - it helps you undo jars with no muscle power needed.  I have just bought my second one for the bach.

All you do is put it on the edge and gently push it, you will probably hear a little pop.  That will often be enough to be able to open the jar - but if it isn't just move the hoodacky (actually called a jar key I found out) around just a little and do it again.  Don't press too hard or you might bend the lid out of shape.


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35 comments:

  1. Omg. I need this. I literally tried opening a jar EVERY day for a whole week and just gave up each time. Until I googled how to open it (yeah I know...sad) and then BAM it was open! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. I know it was a revelation to me too. No more calling out to my better half to open things for me.

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  2. And they are tough enough to act as bottle opener too.

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  3. These are fantastic! I was given one by a family member a while back and can not praise them highly enough. I must admit I had no idea what it was at first either (I partly wondered why I'd been given a plastic spanner)but it makes life so much easier, no more wetting cloths or sticking on rubber gloves. Great tool! Never tried it as a bottle opener though, good idea.

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    1. I agree - I don't know why more people don't have them. Nice and low tech and cheap, too.

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  4. Wow. I haven't ever seen or heard of this gadget. Now I have to have one. And I think I'll get one for my mom too. How have I missed this tool?

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    1. Maybe it's because what it does is not obvious when just looking at it - I certainly only stumbled across it by accident. You have given me a good idea to give it to friends as a little present

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  5. Wow! Never even heard of this before, but I definitely need one.

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  6. What?!?! I didn't know these had been invented. Now I want one. Actually I NEED one. Thanks for the info. ;)

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  7. Will be on the lookout for one of these!

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  8. I need one of these. And, I'm so gonna call it a hoodacky.

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    1. Everyone needs their own hoodacky, I reckon. Thanks for the comment

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  9. I have never heard of a jar key before either! As soon as I come across one on my shopping travels, I'm going to pick one up. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to post a comment. Much appreciated.

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  10. I really need one of these! I'm going to keep my eye for it.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. This gadget seems to be a very popular idea. Glad I thought to mention it.

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  11. I have two kinds of jar openers, but not a Key Jar... cool. Will get one because who knows when my strength will give out or the jar will outwit me :-)

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    1. I like the fact that it doesn't need electricity or strength. Thanks for the comment.

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  12. i need one of these.thanks for the follow.returned the favor

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    1. You are most welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I have to get one of those! VERY cool! Always looking for great kitchen gadgets - every Supermom needs handy tools! www.supermomthefoodie.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad to have been helpful. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  14. Wow!
    That seems like a really useful gadget!

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  15. yes, it's a wonder more people don't have them. Low tech, effective and relatively cheap (under $10 NZ which is about $6 US)

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  16. Sounds perfect! Where do you get one?

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    1. Now there's a good question. I got it in a kitchen specialty store here in New Zealand. I guess it depends where you are. thanks for the comment

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  17. you can also use a teaspoon to accomplish the same thing...and it's probably already in your kitchen drawer!!!

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  18. Not sure I agree but thanks for the comment

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  19. I hate opening jars. This is so neat!

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