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Are you one of those people who finds it difficult to open jars? I am and for some strange reason so is my husband. So when we discovered this superb gadget for opening jars a few years ago it wasn't going to get away from us.
The Stellar Stainless Steel Jar Opener or "Stellar Premium Stainless Steel Jar Opener" as it's more commonly marketed as is an invaluable little tool and personally I don't think any kitchen should be without it (or a similar product, i.e. jar opener). How many times have you been frustrated as you haven't been able to open a jar after some time of not having used it? I hate to sound like an advertising gimmick but I wouldn't be without my jar opener now! I don't take it everywhere with me, I'm not that crazy but it's an essential part of my kitchen.
The actual jar opener is made of good quality stainless steel (I guess the clue is also in the name!) and it's easy to grip the handles due to them being crafted with finger moulds. I would say the jar opener is of average weight (I've never owned a different one so I don't know if other brands would be lighter or heavier). It's easy to wash and is dishwasher friendly. Oh and it has a handy hook hole if you want to hang it alongside your other kitchen utensils, although we tend to keep ours in the cutlery drawer along with the tin opener and potato peelers, etc.
To use the jar opener you basically need to decide which of the grip sizes you need to use and using the handles position either side of the jar opener around the jar lid, clasp quite tightly and then give a slight turn and hey presto, your jar lid is like putty in your hands, or erm, it comes off very easily! There are 3 quite obvious sizes of jar lid sizes to use and a rather small one which I've never had occasion to use so far.
I've never come across a jar to date that I haven't been able to open with this gadget - once hubby came home with a really huge jar of pickled onions and smugly announced that the jar opener probably wouldn't be able to open it, how wrong was he?! He shouldn't have been smug anyway as it would be been really annoying if we hadn't been able to get at the pickled onions!
This superb gadget comes with a lifetime guarantee (although as we bought it some time ago, I can't even remember the packaging it came in or details of what to do if it stops working). It's never failed us to date and for less than £10 I wouldn't be too worried about having to pay for a brand new one anyway.
I must admit that I've seen different brands (or rather unbranded) of jar openers which look sturdy enough that they would do the trick for half the price and know people who are quite happy with these cheaper ones - I just think these ones look "cool and shiny" and at the £7 mark I don't think they're too much of an investment to pay for a jar opener with a lifetime guarantee.
Stellar as a brand is owned by Horwood Homewares Ltd and details of the company and their products are available at www.stellarcookware.co.uk as well as details of stockists. Although I bought my jar opener quite some time ago and don't recall where I actually bought it from, it definitely wasn't directly from the manufacturer's site as I bought it locally in store!
At the time of writing the jar openers are retailing at around £7 or £8 at various online sites such as http://www.brutons.co.uk/productDetail.asp?PID=85096&categoryID=8897&feedID=1 or http://www.cookingtime.co.uk/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=555