Use Vegetable Oil To Keep Lids From Sticking Shut

Use Vegetable Oil To Keep Lids From Sticking Shut

Honey, maple syrup and other sticky solutions can be very, very hard to open up after a few uses, as their contents start to lock up their lids. A paper towel and a smidge of vegetable oil can fix that.

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In a roundup of tips for keeping pantry and kitchen staples fresh, Cook’s Illustrated offers up a tip that will ring true to anyone who’s ever grown infuriated at a screw-on lid on sweeteners, sauces or anything else sticky and sweet:

The biggest issue over time with these sweeteners is that the lids become stuck in place. Try this trick. Dip a paper towel in vegetable oil and wipe the threads of the jar with the oil. This bare film of oil keeps the lid from sticking.

The whole post has a lot of great tips included, including the bread-as-brown-sugar-loosener tip we’d previously posted.

Keeping Kitchen Staples Fresh [Cooks Illustrated]

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