If you’re having trouble opening a jar on your own, TikTok users may have found a solution.
Paul Treyvaud, Irish restaurateur and lifestyle media presenter for Treyvaud Travels and Treyvauds Kitchen, showed his followers how to remove the lid from a hard-to-open jar with a spoon, and the video went viral with others testing out the hack.
“People with arthritis, old people, people with no strength in their hands, that’s a huge tip for you,” Treyvaud said at the start of his video, posted Dec. 20, 2022.
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Treyvaud explained that a household spoon can be used to open a jar of any size when the tip of the utensil is placed under the lid, where a “groove” is embedded and is flush with the mouth of the jar.
“The reason it’s so hard to open these jars is very, very simple, it’s because of the suction when they close them and that’s what makes it difficult,” Treyvaud said in his video.
“Take a small teaspoon, a teaspoon, go into one of the grooves…on the rim of the jar and under the lid, and listen,” he added.
He demonstrated hacking the spoon with a jar of pickles and showed the lid seal being released.
Treyvaud easily opened the lid and urged viewers to share the video, so people can minimize waste and save money instead of buying jar opening tools.
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“I’m using it thanks to you and it’s fantastic!! Thank you so much for sharing,” a TikTok user wrote to Treyvaud in the comments section on January 7.
“2023 is going to be a good year, I learned something on day one,” another user joked on New Year’s Day. “364 more tricks to learn.”
Content creators on TikTok tested Treyvaud’s hack on camera.
Dustin Hadley, the TikTok user behind the @That40yearguy account, which has over 699,400 followers at press time, tried the hack at home with a jar of sauce on January 10.
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“You tell me for 40 years I had to ask my wife to open a jar, I could have done that,” Hadley said in her 38-second video. “It is not possible.”
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Hadley used a teaspoon to pry the lid off the jar from where the groove is embedded, and the lid came off easily.
“Don’t show my girlfriend I still want to be helpful lol,” one TikTok user jokingly wrote on Thursday, January 12.
“I wonder why people don’t know about this,” another user commented. “I sometimes use [a] knife also instead of [a] spoon.”
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Fox News Digital has reached out to Treyvaud and Hadley for comment.