Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Trial by jar

I decided to make for dinner last night a lovely warming pasta dish as it was cold, raining, I'd wanted to make it for a few days & to show a kindness to Mike as he had been really kind to me by ordering me some books I really really wanted.

I had everything else prepared then I came to the jar of roasted peppers. Could I open it could I heck!
A good half an hour later I was nearly tearing my hair out in desperation. I had whacked the lid with a spoon, tried turning the lid with a tea towel & run the jar under the hot water tap. I'd even filled the sink with hot water &let it soak. Yes, I did google for instructions!

Would it budge - no it blinking didn't!!!!

I phoned Mike & with a slight hint of desperation asked how long he would be & with more desperation explained my plight when he said he would be quite some time yet.

'Pierce the lid with a sharp instrument' he told me 'It will release the vacuum'

Which I did & yes it did release the vacuum & still wouldn't let me open the jar!!!!!!!! 

I had a brainwave & then Mike called

'Did you manage it'?

'Errrm yes darling, in a fashion - see you later I'm a little busy'


With one of Mikes good knives as I was at the point of chucking the jar at the wall to get to the peppers inside.


I'd like to day I was virtuous & served it with a lightly dressed salad & glass of water.

I wasn't, it was served with garlic bread & a large G&T 

It was however absolutely delightful - Red pepper, sundried tomato & ricotta cannelloni. 

I'd forgotten what a bind it was to stuff cannelloni tubes especially when ones is stressed but it made a lovely change from the usual spinach & ricotta cannelloni.

33 comments:

  1. Oh dear that's so annoying isn't it! Never mind - your meal looks delicious! The effort was worth it in the end.
    Liz

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  2. Wow - trial by bottle top! Looks worth the effort though :) One way I have taught my neighbour to open jars is to use a butter knife to slightly release the vacuum from below. Tip a jar so you can see 'under' the rim, you should be able to see where the jar's screw just starts - slip the knife in the gap either just before or just after the glass bulge and gently lift away - you should hear a little 'gasp' of air as it releases the vacuum. However, your jar sounds like it was very determined not to be consumed :)

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  3. We have a very effective jar-opening gadget. It is basically a large (adjustable)rubber band with a handle. It works every time! I'm glad you "pulled it off" in the end!

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  4. I always put an elastic band around the lid and then twist. It seems to work but yours does sound a particularly awkward one. x

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  5. That looks delicious! I can't open jars after an operation on my hand, I have to use a little gadget that hooks under the lid and releases the vacuum, even then it can be a struggle. Many a jar has been threatened with being thrown against a wall :)

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  6. That made me smile, a great looking meal and certainly worth all the effort if it tastes as good as it looks. I think I would have had to have several G & T's after that.

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  7. It looks delicious. I bet you needed it after all that effort. Pity that you didn't have an old-fashioned can opener as in that way Mike'e knife life would've been spared. Did you confess?

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  8. I always have problems with jars and tops of all kinds it's all so very frustrating and the worst thing ever is when the key snaps on a corned beef tin! anyway I'm glad you got to the peppers in the end it looks absolutely yummy I have to say. :) xx

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  9. Oh, you poor thing, how frustrating. But peeking ahead, seeing that the day has been saved after all, I allowed myself a little smile.
    Amalia
    xo

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  10. Lol ! You've had your work cut out. :D
    I also use the butter knife trick. Place the tip under the rim, wiggle a bit and that should release the vacuum.
    I have had many problems with kilner jars over the years. Especially when trying to open one with preserved fruits or veg I made god-knows-when. The rubber ring starts deteriorating after 10 years or so (lol), making it impossible to open the jar. xxx...x

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  11. Hi Jo, that must have been annoyed I am always shouting for John to open my jars, looks very tasty xx

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  12. Oh, so glad that someone else has trouble with jars. I use that stuff you put in drawers to stop things slipping. Just a square cut from it. Not sure what it's called but it works, especially after you've bashed all round the side of the lid with a knife handle (lol). Your meal looked lovely. Take care.

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    1. That's a good idea, I've never thought of that!

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  13. That's unusual that piercing the lid didn't work but you got there in the end. That pasta looks really yummy, now you've got me thinking that I want to make one. ha ha.
    Briony
    x

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  14. I'm another one that wrestles with jar lids frequently, even those I've put on myself :-(

    If standing the jar in cold water and using a hot cloth on the lid doesn't work, an elastic band around the edge of the jar or my dry rubber gloves get a go, then if all that fails I use the bottle opener to release the vacuum seal, but that means I can't re-use the lid so that's a last resort.

    It does sound as if your lid was welded on though ... no wonder you needed a G&T ;-)

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  15. Oh Jo!!! Trial by pepper jar, who would have thought it!!! There must have been something wrong with the darned lid I reckon. You should e-mail a photo of the jar to the manufacturers, they might send you a freebie replacement! Glad you got into it though. The dinner looks and sounds scrummy! xx

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  16. How frustrating, but I'm sure the meal was all the more delicious because of the effort you put in. And you definitely deserved the G&T to go with it.

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  17. It was worth all the effort, your cannelloni looks delicious. Mick thinks he's getting something Italian for tea tonight, pasta bolognese or lasagne but I've turned the mince in to a cottage pie instead, he'll be very upset when he gets in from work but on the the bright side, Eleanor will be pleased. You can't win them all.

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  18. looks delicious so I'm sure it was worth the effort!

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  19. I use a teaspoon to release the vacuum, works most of the times. I would love to eat your dish, it looks yummy. You deserved that G&T! I recently read that you could use half a fresh lasagne sheet to roll cannelloni. Easier to fill. I have used a plastic bag with a big corner cut off to fill the ready made tubes, it works ok if the filling is soft.

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  20. It drives me mad when I can't open them either. I usually upend them in very hot water and leave them for half an hour. Generally works. Your meal looked lovely :o) X

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  21. It looks delicious. Necessity is the mother of invention - or something like that!

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  22. Oh...ha, ha, ha "served with a G&T". That was such a funny image! I ALWAYS have trouble opening jars too. Like others have said I use a "church key" or bottle opener to pop the vacuum seal and the lids usually turn right off. I've often thought about doing it your way but I usually manage to get it right at the last moment. Thanks for the chuckle!

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  23. Well done you for keeping at it, as for the G&T well deserved!

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  24. I have arthritis in my fingers and struggle to open jars but in a moment of desperation and frustration recently (when I was in on my own) I ended up putting my coat on and walking down the street to our local builders yard and asking one of the lads to open the jar for me - he said its the first time that I've been asked to do that at work! He opened for me and I walked back up the street with a jar now opened.....I make sure that hubby opens any jars for me now before he goes out!xx

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  25. That jar sure did not want to be opened! Glad you got in in the end, your tea looks delicious and worth all the effort :)

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  26. Well done on the jar and it's good to read everyone's tips. I think I like Trudie's best. I usually bang all round the outside of the lid against the work top. The cannelloni looks and sounds delicious, and I'm sure it was very well deserved. CJ xx

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  27. If I can't get jars to open, I normally just tap them agains something solid, like the bread board and they open quite successfully. Or you could try wedging the jar between your door jambs and closing the door on the lid gently, that works for me too. All's well that ends well though and the meal looked lovely.

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  28. Looks and sounds delicious. So does the accompaniment. x

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  29. It was certainly worth it, it looks delicious... and was funny to read about xx

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  30. Your pasta looks scrumptious! :)

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  31. That jar just did not want to be opened! Your dinner looked delicious.
    Meredith

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