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Modern screw-tops - ouch

Discussion in 'Personal' started by inky, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    More and more of them are impossible to open unless you take a knife to the little joined bits beforehand. I've just cut my finger because the top got roughened by my efforts to make it possible to undo.
    Is it just that I'm weakening with age or do other people have this trouble?
  2. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Do you mean screw top wine bottles? [​IMG]
  3. Waterfin

    Waterfin New commenter

    Appletise has these. I've cut my finger and thumb on several occasions and complained to the company. No reply though.
  4. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Presumably you've had the same problem then [​IMG]
    On this occasion, yes, because I'm making a risotto, so I was fed up that my timing went wrong. Will have to drink some of the wine as an analgesic...
    It's actually really annoying.
  5. My pet hate is anything that comes in a plastic case that you need to cut with knife or scissors to get the thing out, rather than just being able to peel the plastic off a cardboard back.

  6. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    But the risotto's lovely. I made stock out of a guinea fowl carcass.
  7. Henriettawasp

    Henriettawasp New commenter

    I use a nutcracker to open the stubborn blighters. Grip the top firmly. A sharp turn is usually enough to snap the seal.
    I've never used it to crack a nut, though [​IMG]
  8. I find if you just unscrew the top bit of the wine bottle either the seal cracks as it's supposed to or the whole thing comes off - either way I get to my wine.

    For jam jar type jars, if you bash the edge of the lid on a worktop then they open - no idea why
  9. seren_dipity

    seren_dipity New commenter

    I have one of these so I have no problems opening stuff any more:

  10. I've got two of those.
  11. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    With jam jar type tops, I've always found that running the top under very hot water for a few seconds does the trick.
    Thanks for the tips. everyone.
  12. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    I have a lid opening aid thingie. My MIL kindly bought it for me years ago and it opens all sorts of lids.
    Some jars need to be immersed in really really hot water first, the metal expands but not the glass and then I just use my lid opening thingie.
  13. grandelf

    grandelf New commenter

    2 jars of pickled gherkins?, you are so spoiled bauble!
  14. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Hot water is usually enough for me without the thingies. But I'm open to all thingy suggestions when it comes to wine bottles etc.
  15. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    You def need a thingy
    it looks like a big big bottle opener and it is red
    it opens jars and a smaller end bit opens bottles
    I often have to resort to it to open bottles so weak am I after a day mining the playdough
  16. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Tescos sell them, a couple of quid I think.
  17. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    Hey steady on there
    it was a gift you know...
  18. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

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