Mum spots a weird ‘creepy’ gadget on the wall of her pantry – so do YOU know what it’s for?
- A mum has asked for help identifying a bizarre gadget on the wall of her pantry
- The metal triangle-shaped gadget is an antique wall-mounted jar opener
- The raised edges hold onto the lid of the jar so that it can be twisted easily
A mum has asked for help identifying a bizarre metal gadget she found bolted to the wall of her walk-in pantry.
However, after posting a photo of the unusual jagged device on Facebook, she learned it was an antique jar opener.
The raised edges of the ‘V’ are designed to grip on to lids so jars can be opened easily; it’s triangular so that it can be used for jars of all sizes.
A mum has asked for help identifying a bizarre metal gadget she found bolted to the wall of her walk-in pantry
‘My mum used to have one when I was a kid, it made things so much easier to open,’ another said, recognizing the tool immediately.
‘The old style ones are great, really great if you don’t have grip strength,’ said another.
Some appeared to think the wall-mount version of the gadgets were rare and valuable as well as useful.
But some people were concerned with the placement of the gadget.
What are three ways you can open a stubborn jar?
1. Tap the lid: Take a wooden spoon or a butter knife with the straight edge facing the lid and give the lid of the jar a couple of firm taps.
2. Add some heat: Applying heat to the lid will expand it slightly, releasing it from its tight grip. Methods of heating include running the lid under hot water or putting the jar, lid first, into a bowl of hot water for thirty seconds.
3. Add some grip: Items that can be used for greater grip include a dry dish towel, piece of silicone (often found in kitchens as a heat-resistant mat or shelf liner), or plastic wrap.
Source: Taste of Home
‘I can’t imagine how much sauce I would get down the wall from over opening every time,’ one woman said.
Others said the lid isn’t completely removed, just loosened by the tool, so there’s not likely to be any extra mess.
But it appears the gadgets can also be mounted underneath shelves and counter tops, according to one woman who has one under the kitchen counter.
‘You don’t have to ask for help opening jars, clearly a woman invented it,’ she said.