“ Brand: Lakeland / Type: Jar opening assistant „
I like to think that I am quite strong and fit as I do work out a lot but for some reason when it comes to taking the lid off jars I am as weak as a baby and really struggle sometimes with getting some of them off.
I bought myself a jarkey from Lakeland as I thought it would be such a handy thing to have around in the house so that if I came across a stubborn lid on a jar I would be able to just lift it off without struggling with tea towels, knives or finding someone to loosen it for me.
The key was only £3.99 so I had to have it, my sister was with me at the time and made fun of me for buying it but when she tried it out at mine she went back and got herself one too as it really does make things a little easier and I am all for anything which makes my life just that little bit easier.
The jarkey is so simple but it is really effective. You just place it under the rim of the lid and then just give it a little pull and it releases the vacuum so you can just remove the lid easily. It doesn't take any strength and even the tightest of lids is released with no effort and in seconds.
This is such a handy thing that I use it all the time now. It seems like lids are getting even tighter than they used to be which is probably something to do with health and safety for the food inside but with the jarkey it doesn't matter to me how tight they are as this will just loosen them in seconds.
It might seem at first glance something that is a bit frivolous and not really needed but once you have one you will appreciate just how much easier it makes things and I personally wouldn't be without it now.
I have to admit I love Lakeland, it is probably my favourite high street shop, which is as much a sign that I'm getting old as it is of the quality of the products.
Around 8 months ago I was perusing the store and came across the jarkey, it seemed like a lovely little gift for my Nan's Christmas stocking so I bought her one. It seemed like a great idea, it helps people open jars with minimum fuss and effort, it requires you to place protruding edge of the jar key under the lid of your jar, place a little bit of pressure on the jarkey until you hear the pop of the vacuum sealed element of the jar lid, you can now simply open the lid with minimal effort. It is simple, easy to use and doesn't require much strength.
The premise is that the hard bit of opening a jar is that initial movement to release the vacuum of pressure once that's done you can simply unscrew the lid.
The Jarkey is about 10cm long is made of fairly dense plastic and easily fits in a drawer, it is only available from Lakeland shops or their online store for the price of £3.99.
After a while my Nan's constant raving about this product forced us to buy our own one, generally I feel comfortable opening jars, but when you have wet hands there is always a difficulty, with the jarkey that is gone and if my partner is alone she now has a simple solution to opening the toughest jars.
I can't think of any negatives with this product it does a job, it really doesn't take up much space, is cheap, well made and reliable, there are no safety issues, i've not experienced any difficulties opening jars and my Nan raves about it, she is the real target audience for a product like this and for me it is very useful, for her it is incredibly handy, living on her own it gives her more ability to do things she previously needed help with and allows her to maintain her independence and quality of life without relying too heavily on others.
This is another winner from the Lakeland stable, it feels very comfortable in your hand, looks good, has proven reliable and easy to use and is good value, I have recommended it to friends and family as has my Nan and would definitely recommend it to you, it's a nice thing to have rather than a necessity but it can be absolutely brilliant particularly for people with arthritis or weak hands and wrists.
Being a single woman on my own with only the kids I hate to admit that there is anything that I cannot do on my own without the help of a man and luckily for me with it being 2012 there is a good chance that I can buy myself something to help out with those things that a man might have been useful for.
One of the simplest things that I do miss a man for is with opening glass jars. It may sound silly but more and more often I am noticing that they are becoming stiffer and harder to open on my own. I have no idea if perhaps I am becoming weaker (though I am working out more) or else more likely they are getting put on tighter in the factory.
Whatever it is I found it so noticeable that I was complaining to my sister about it who promptly bought me this jar key opener that is made by Lakeland.
The jar key is an ingenious little gadget which is made from solid plastic and although quite simple in design is really clever all the same.
It works sort of like a lever where you place it on the rim of a jar and then lift it to release the vacuum of the jar and pop the lid open. It is so easy to use that even the strongest of lids which were impossible for me to open by hand just pop off and as it takes so little in the way of strength to use even the weakest of people would be able to use this with no problems.
This would be an absolutely fantastic product for people who have difficulties with arthritis or even just people who have lost some strength through age just because it is so easy to use.
The actual jar key is so simple and self-explanatory to use that you don't get it out and spend ages trying to figure out what goes where unlike a lot of items for the kitchen which are supposed to make life easier but require a degree in physics just to know how to use them.
I would highly recommend the jar key to people as it is simplicity at its finest and is a genuinely useful item to have. They cost £3.99 and I think this is a small price to pay for something which makes life so much easier. Trust me when I say that since having mine I have used it so many times that it has more than been worth the money.
This is a strange looking thing that I've had lying in my kitchen drawer for awhile, I don't even know where it came from, but it is has proved extremely handy. I suffer on and off with my hands because of the RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and when I'm having a particularly hard time, this jar opener is very useful and makes it much easier for me to cope in the kitchen as regards jars etc.
~Some companies are doing their best to make things easier~
Luckily for me, many companies are making kitchen utensils a lot more user friendly these days. Back in the day when I was alright (Before RA) I didn't think twice about what I was using in the kitchen, I would just buy what I needed and think nothing of it. Now, things are different and I have to look at things closely before I buy, to see if I personally am going to benefit from using the product, in other words if I will be able to use it, will it be easy enough for me to operate etc. etc.
Now back to the product in hand here, which I have to admit, I didn't personally buy, I have a feeling it was given to me by some family member or other, knowing I struggled on occasion with things such as jars etc. A very thoughtful gesture which I do appreciate as I have used this jar key quite often, it makes life in the kitchen so much easier for me, I want to do as much for myself as is possible, and before the jar key I was forever asking my husband to open jars for me. So along with giving me some independence back in the kitchen, I can get on with doing what I need to without any interruptions.
The Jar Key is a simple device made of sturdy plastic, made to make it easy for me to open various jars, it's about 14 cm long and works with a lever action to release the vacuum on any or at least most screw top jars, once the vacuum is released the jar lid pops off very easily, allowing me access to the contents of the jar. It is a strange looking thing, but designed in such a way that part of it sits under the lip of the lid, while the rest sits on the top, it has a hollow circle cut out of the top of it, it's a tricky one to explain and I'm probably just complicating matters, but it's very easy to understand what to do with it, as soon as you see it, it's obvious what to do with it and easy to use as well. It's just a case of pop it and release it, no twisting is involved, and like I said it is very easy to use. Then once it's finished with, I sling it into a bowl of hot soapy water to clean it, then back in the drawer it goes until the next time I need to use it, and there it waits as good as new.
As I had no idea how much these Jar Keys were I did a quick Google to find out, on the Lakeland website these are currently selling for £3.99. So as to whether I would recommend these Jar Keys or not, I would have to say yes I do recommend them, for people who struggle from time to time in the kitchen these jar keys are a real help and even if you don't struggle, they would make things slightly easier and quicker for you in the kitchen.
5 stars for this Jar Key, I'm really glad I've got it, it works great every time, I never need to ask anyone to open the jars for me anymore.
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I am a bit of a sucker for kitchen gadgets. All sorts of weird and wonderful contraptions can be found in my kitchen drawer ... and yes, I admit it, many of them never see the light of day from one year to the next.
In stark contrast, this little beauty has earned its place in my drawer many times over.
It doesn't look much. It really doesn't look much. A plastic handle with a loop at one end and a jutting out bit underneath. Exactly the sort of object you'd be looking at with a very confused expression if you came across it without knowing what it was.
But this, my friends, is the JarKey. A triumph of design. Sheer genius when it comes to opening jars. You may think I'm waxing rather too lyrical, but I really am impressed with this gadget.
Unless you have wrists of steel, I'm sure you have at some point struggled to open a jar. Toast is waiting, jam jar lid won't budge. Maybe like me you've tried the 'run it under hot water' trick or tried using a tea towel so your hands don't slip. Maybe you've resorted to going in search of someone with stronger wrists. Maybe when everyone's had a go and failed you've gone without whatever it was in the jar.
With the JarKey, such struggles are a thing of the past. You simply sit that "jutting out bit" under the lip of the lid, press the loop bit down into the centre of the lid by lifting the handle - only a very small amount of pressure needed - and hey presto, a little popping sound tells you the vacuum seal is broken, and the lid will unscrew easily.
Now I actually have quite strong wrists, and yet I have had plenty of use out of my beloved JarKey. I can only imagine how useful it would be to someone with less strength and mobility.
There are various alternatives on the market - but frankly, why bother? This is simple, sturdy, takes up very little room, is a doddle to use, and works every time. You can get hold of one for a paltry £3.49 from Lakeland Limited - a fab bargain for something worth its weight in gold!