Q: I have a problem. Yesterday I scored a ton of jars that were in a 92 year old man's estate....old jars!!! Problem is they are filled with something that now resembles crude oil, and the rings (grrrrrrr she left them on!) are now rusted so bad I cant get them off! Some of the lids are so thin I can probably puncture them. One punctured while I was loading them and the most horrible smell came out of that jar. I REALLY want to save these jars, any ideas on how to get them loose?? One's dated 1979!
A: Turn them upside down in hot, soapy water. Leave for about 1/2 hour. Check rims and if it still won't come off, leave a little longer. Usually soaking in hot water will do the trick. I use a jar opener that does wonders for tight lids. Here's a photo of my little helper!