You are young, healthy, and strong and only venture into the kitchen to get your beer and, occasionally, to get the ready meal from the freezer to the microwave. You don't need this. That's what you think. You may be wrong and I will tell you why.
It is true that the Culinare One Touch Jar Opener is aimed at those whose hand dexterity and/or strength is somehow compromised. That makes you think of the elderly or infirm. Somebody afflicted with arthritis for whom twisting a lid off a standard jar is a struggle. That is actually true. Up to a point. Like that torch that you keep in the house in case of a power failure or the spare key you deposited with your trusted neighbour, neither of which you are likely to need, the Jar Opener is an insurance item for your peace of mind. If you happen to pick up a nasty hand incapacitating injury in that game of squash or Tae Kwon Do, you can still get to access the contents of your jars. In some cases, you come across a jar, the lid on which simply won't bulge. Those are the situations when you will be glad you have got this.
--How it works--
The Culinare One Touch Jar Opener is powered by two AA batteries. These are not included in the pack so make sure you have some when you purchase the device. There is nothing to assemble so once you have inserted the batteries, it is ready to go. You place in on the lid, press down gently and adjust the jaws to get a grip on the jar. Press the large button on the top (it is the only button) and let it get on with the job.
The device can be quite slow, sometimes unnervingly so. You could start worrying that it isn't working. What I can say however is that, it almost invariably works. That jar will be opened. With vacuum-sealed jars, probably the majority, there is a tell-tale loud pop as the lid is released. All you are left to do is lift it off and the job is done.
--Mind the size--
It is important to be aware that there is a size range on which this device will work. The manufacturers have specified the range as 32 to 101 mm diameter (that is the lid, not the jar) which translates into 1.26 to 3.98 inches. To be fair, that includes probably over 95% of all the jars you are bound to find in the kitchen. This therefore shouldn't be a worry.
--Design and Price--
The design of the device is simple. It is available in one colour (creamy white) with a sky-blue large button. The battery lid can be rather fiddly so beware. It feels solid in the hand but you sort of worry that you should be careful not to drop it in case you damage the jaws.
The price varies surprisingly widely depending on the retailer. This could range from under £15 to anything close to £30. It is not exactly cheap.
--Not in a jam--
So maybe you think this is really not for you. Fair enough. However, apart from taxes, aging is another of those inevitabilities in life. So, if you have a loved one of advanced years, this could make a very useful and practical present for them. Plus, for the little selfish in you, when you visit them, jar opening will be one less chore you will not be asked to do.
I have trouble opening tins and jars. For the tin problem I have an electric can opener which I have previously reviewed. This is kept out in my kitchen as it is in almost constant use. Of course, this could be another space wasting gadget for many, but a kitchen essential for me. I also have a jar opener but I find it difficult to use. It's manual and requires that one grabs the two handles to prise open the jar. If one has a muscle/nerve problem then this isn't ideal.
I first saw the Culinare One Touch Jar Opener over a year ago, but felt it was expensive and decided to look around for a bargain price. Unfortunately, although I've looked around for this gadget I haven't seen much variation in the price. I bet now I'll get fellow reviewers telling me I paid far too much for this. Oh well, at least It's now in my kitchen; another helper!
There have been many times when I have decided to cook something involving the use of a jar or two, and become so cross when I've struggled to open the jar that, although often managing in the end, I've found this both time wasting and annoying.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas I began to gradually stock up on a few jars of foodstuffs for Christmas tea, when I would be hostess to some family members. As the supply increased, and looked appetising, I felt a bit peeved that many of these jars would be too difficult for me too open. I thought of the olives which I love, and the mayonnaise, and thought that I might not be able to eat any of these delicious items if I didn't have someone here who could help. Anyway I might have wanted to feast privately!
I purchased the Culinare One Touch Jar Opener form T.J.Hughes department store for the price of £14.99. Please note that this purchase DID NOT include the batteries required to work the gadget.
I think if you have full strength in your hands this could well be a space wasting gadget. It doesn't open jars as quickly as most people could do unaided, which I think may make it not worthwhile for many. However, for me it is a great idea. There is no effort involved at all, unlike with my manual opener. It's a case of once the two AA batteries are installed simply placing the opener onto the jar and pressing the large button on the top. The device makes a slight whirring noise as the arms close in, wrapping themselves around the jar lid. Once they are tightly on it the lid is opened and the opener can be removed. One thing that I particularly like is the fact that the lid remains in place on the jar and there is no spillage. It is ready to be removed without any effort needed. All one needs to do is to place the jar on a flat surface and the Culinare does the job for you. It is a hands free device.
I have used this opener on many different shaped jars and it has always performed well. It's great for opening those jars not often used which have become difficult to open even for those with muscles. I have yet to find a jar that it couldn't open.
It does take a few seconds but in my case it still saves time.
It doesn't turn straight off as the arms (or clamps) need to retract, so it doesn't turn off until that operation is finished. Because of this the battery power seems a little wasted. Still, the batteries are lasting well, although how long depends on the brand, I find. I have Duracell in at the moment and haven't changed them. I do use the opener frequently.
The Culinare opener does take a little space. I find it will fit into a kitchen drawer but I prefer to keep other things stored in the drawer space so fit this into a cupboard instead. It is about the size of a standard electric carving knife in a bladeless state.
One thing that does concern me is that it doesn't look as if it wouldn't stand up to being dropped. Perhaps it's stronger than it looks but I hope not to test this aspect of the opener. Not for a good while, anyway.
For me this is a good buy. I think for those without difficulties it will come in handy but probably not very often. It could remain forgotten in a cupboard. For myself, the elderly or perhaps those suffering with conditions such as arthritis, then this is a great little gadget which can help in the kitchen considerably.
Here are some details taken from the website, www.culinaire.com:
* The easy way to open jars, even stubborn ones
* Just place on jar and it does the hard work
* Clamps grip jar and apply 25lb of pressure to release lid
* Designed to open virtually all jar shapes and sizes*
* A "must-have" kitchen gadget ideal for those with limited hand mobility
* Battery operated
(2 x AA batteries included) ** My pack DID NOT contain batteries and the pack clearly states that they are NOT included.
*The One Touch Jar Opener will open regular and vacuum-style screw top jars with lid diameters of 32mm (1.3inch) 101mm (4inch) inclusive and jar diameters of 21mm (0.8") to 95mm (3.7inch) inclusive.
I bought this jar opener after having injured my arm some while ago, and not having the capacity or strength to open jars by my own, this very useful gadget helped me a lot, as a lot of food come in jars these days! I spent almost 20 pounds on this gadget, which is quite a lot, but then again it`s a great gadget, and I have now passed it on to my grandmother, she finding it very useful and helpful as well!
Two AA batteries is necessary in order to give live to this can opener, and when ready for use, it`s very easy to use and the process goes quickly and without strain for the arms or wrists. It opens any lid in no time, even the most difficult and stubborn ones, so I do think this is a gadget that should be owned by every household, as the need for it is present in most homes! When turned on, it makes very little noise, and the batteries in the device is very long lasting and won`t need replacing every other day.
This is a original, well functioning and good idea, working perfectly for its purpose! If you have problems with your hands or wrists, I strongly recommend you invest in this product, this a great addition to all kitchens!
In the past when it came to opening tight jar lids Mrs weebill would simply ask me and I would nine times out of ten manage without trouble but as old age catches up with me and my fingers fail to be as strong as they used to we have often seen ourselves stuck trying to open stubborn lids.
We have resorted to all the old tricks like a dish towel to stop our hands slipping and tapping round the edge to loosen it off but usually to no avail.
Those troubles are all well and truly behind us now though as last year we purchased the fantastic Culinare One Touch Automatic Jar Opener. This is probably the most useful gadget we have ever spent money on, it works brilliantly and it didn't cost much and I would recommend everyone has one.
The jar opener has never let us down in nearly a year of use and is so simple to use, you just place the jar opener on the stubborn jar you need to open, press the button on the top of the opener, the motor then winds the clamps in till they touch the lid and then using all its 25lbs of pressure it turns the lid and off it pops.
To operate this gadget it requires two AA batteries and it obviously doesn't use a lot of power because the same two Duracell's have been operating ours for almost a year without needing changed.
We paid £17.99 for our last year from Amazon and it was money very well spent, if you are having trouble with jar lids, if you just want to make things easier for yourself or even if you just love gadgets then this is a simple but very effective tool that I would recommend to anyone.
The Culinare jar opener is one of those gadgets that you wouldn't imagine ever having a need for, or be of much use. It wasn't until I was looking for gadgets to help me in the kitchen as I was starting to struggle with various tasks, that I found this brilliant gadget that opens jars. No more trapping the lid in a door or prising it open in a vain attempt to get at the food inside.
It takes. 4 AA batteries, which last for ages. You simply put it onto the lid of the jar you wish to open, press the button and it clamps itself onto the jar and then the lid. It then exerts enough pressure to twist the lid off the jar and after it succeeds it releases itself from the jar.
I've used it on large pickle jars, jam jars and even the odd small jar, as this device can adjusts itself to whatever size you you wish to open. I have been amazed at how easily it opens the jars, and makes me wonder wy on earth I didn't get one before.
I would highly recommend this device to any one not only those who can't manage any longer to open their jars
I recently discovered two of these little gem in my Nan's kitchen, of all the places (don't ask why she bought two...). She later kindly donated one, in noticing my interest and also told me she had bought it because she always tends to struggle opening jars due to her arthritis and ends up starving. This is a major problem in her eyes especially since she practically lives off pickles.
We've all been there, we've all had one of those jar's that must have been sent from hell, to try a saint. Nothing works, be it using rubber gloves, running under a water tap or eventually perhaps bashing it against a table edge - no...just me? Well, one touch jar opener to the rescue with its sheer strength and ease of use!
So how does it work? Simply place the one touch jar opener on top of the jar you want to open. Then all you have to do is simply press the button situated on the top of the unit. The motor then gets to work, and the outer jaws clamp the jar neck then the inner jaws clamp onto the lid and by applying 25 pounds of pressure they turn the lid until it becomes loose, without even having to hold the jar. When the process is complete the jar opener automatically turns itself off - clever. It's great, the device effortlessly fits onto jars of any neck size be it small to large, wide to narrow, new or sticky old ones - it does it all!
It runs off just 2 AA batteries, which were put in when it was first bought from Argos for £19.99, (over 6 weeks ago) and as of yet we haven't had to replace them once.
So if you want to make life in your kitchen easier, you need the one touch jar opener from culinare. This simple, convenient tool can take the lid of jars with no additional effort from you. This amazing device will revolutionise your kitchen. The only effort required is a one touch of a button and it gets to work - it's just like having your very own muscle man in the kitchen. And more importantly it has my Nan's stamp of approval - it doesn't get much better!
I was given this as a Christmas present by my mother in law a few days ago so I have only used it a few times to open pickle jars. But even so I can wholeheartedly recommend it. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis in most of my joints and find it very difficult sometimes to open jars. Even when my hands are not painful, opening a jar puts pressure on my hand joints and over time can causes serious damage. This device is great, it does all the work for you. As it says on the box, with one touch the jaws close and the lid is opened very easily. The only worry I have as how long the two AA batteries will last. But time will tell, and its not the sort of thing that you would be using every day of the week so maybe I am worrying for nothing. In short, i wish i had got one myself a long time ago.
The Culinare One Touch Jar Opener is battery-operated gadget and uses a pair of AA size batteries the first of which are supplied with your new purchase so you can start opening jars, including those jars with vacuum-sealed lids, right out of the box. Originally available for the full retail price of £20 it is currently available, (February 7th 2009) for the price £16.82 for purchase online, with free delivery in the UK, from Amazon.com.
Simply place the unopened jar that you wish either to re-open or to open for the first time, onto a flat level work surface then the Culinare One Touch jar opener onto the lid of the jar so that it is centrally-located on the top of the jar lid. Press the button until you hear the motor start and then leave the opener to work its magic on even the most stubborn jar.
Firstly, the outer arms close to firmly grip the jar. This also has the effect of centring the opener on top of the jar lid. Then the inner arms close to grip the lid and in turn rotate to undo the lid. Once the lid is loosened the opener releases it 25-pound grip on both the lid and the jar allowing you to lift first the opener and then the lid from the top of the jar.
Just be warned that when opening jars with the vacuum-sealed lids that the might be quite a loud bang heard as a reaction to the release of the vacuum as the lid is loosened. The opener is suitable for opening most jars with lid diameters between 32mm (1.3inch) 101mm (4inch) inclusive and jar diameters of 21mm (0.8") to 95mm (3.7inch) inclusive.
Once the opening process was finished and the motor has stopped, the opener and the lid of the jar can simply be lifted from the top of the jar. So those of us with limited hand strength and mobility, or simply a fascination with motorised gadgets, this is a must in the kitchen. Equipped with both this jar opener together with Culinare's One Touch can opener I can now open almost anything in the kitchen effortlessly! All I need now is a fizzy drink bottle opener and closer so I can first open those 2-litre bottles of lemonade then close them tightly-enough so I don't get just one drink of lemonade that is fizzy per bottle! Then I will truly be set, well for now at least!
The jar opener applies up to 25lbs of pressure to open even the most stubborn of jar lids with ease, so theres no need to use rubber gloves or strong men!