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Kilner jars - lid removal

PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 6:09 am
by TeresaFoodie
My Uncle makes loads of preserves using fruit & veg from his garden, and yesterday, amongst other things, gave me a large Kilner packed with home grown gherkins. :chops: I can't get the lid off!
It's not that it won't budge. It budged quite easily, but it lets me remove the outer part of the lid leaving an inner part of the lid still attached firmly to the neck of the jar. Is this normal? If so, how do I get this inner part off? Could it be a dodgy jar?
Help! They look so scrummy!

Re: Kilner jars - lid removal

PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 7:30 am
by Suelle
Do you mean the rubber seal won't release? If so, you need to break the vacuum in the jar by carefully inserting something very thin (I won't say the tip of a sharp knife :lol: ) between the neck of the jar and the rubber ring, and twisting it a little to lift the ring.

Re: Kilner jars - lid removal

PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 7:49 am
by Hope
Is it one of the ones with a screw on lid? If so, I had one like that, had to carefully push a thin thing (Think it was a table knife!) around under the seal to release it. The rubber seal had completely perished, so I threw it out. But mine hadn't been used it years. I'm sure I asked about it on here too, so you might want to search.

Re: Kilner jars - lid removal

PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 8:32 am
by TeresaFoodie
There is no rubber element to this jar. It is just screw top.
I will have a go with a (blunt-ish) knife, carefully.
If no joy, will do a search for other similar posts.
Thanks!
Gherkins here I come, one way or another! :tu:

Re: Kilner jars - lid removal

PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 8:48 am
by TeresaFoodie
We have lift off! Or should that be lid off?
The table knife sorted me out. The tea-towel operating table got soaked in vinegar, but the gherkins are exposed and ready to be chomped! :chops:

Whoohoo!

Re: Kilner jars - lid removal

PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 10:12 am
by Ratatouille
Tezza anything like that which has been sterilised as opposed to merely being put in jars will have a vacuum seal caused by the heating required to sterilise the contents and to make it absolutely airtight. The table knife trich works best with these tops. The sort I use with a separate rubber gasket have a flange which sticks out and thses are easier. You just grab the flange with a pair of pliers and pull!! You can get fancy opening devices but they are neither use nor ornament :lol: :lol: Enjoy the gherkins

Just to add that if it was a metal top. they are single use so you can pierce the flat top with a can or bottle openerto reelease the vacuum.

Re: Kilner jars - lid removal

PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 10:17 am
by suffolk
Glad you've accessed the gherkins :chops: :hungry:

Re: Kilner jars - lid removal

PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 4:16 pm
by TeresaFoodie
They are metal lids. Unc wants the jars back (I know from pickling experience how expensive Kilners are so don't blame him) so I guess he uses a new lid each time he re-uses the jar.
The gherkins are sublime by the way! :tu:

Re: Kilner jars - lid removal

PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 7:44 pm
by Ratatouille
Yes Tezza they are not cheap and I get very cross when people don't return jars I have given them.