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I would like to find something that will open a large, maybe 4" or 5" diameter, jar lid.

The Guillain Barré has left me with decreased grip strength and it is sometimes a struggle to open a new jar, especially with a larger size lid.


I’ve heard rubber strap oil filter wrenches work, but have never tried one.

They work very well. The set of two (large and small) I bought about 10 years ago were advertised as jar openers, but they work well for oil filters and even the metal cap that comes on gas bottles from the welder's supply place. I keep the smaller one in the kitchen (it will do most jars), and the larger in the garage. They are all over Amazon.


Just make sure there's zero oil at all on the oil filter or the rubber strap wrenches will slip like crazy.
 
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They work very well. The set of two (large and small) I bought about 10 years ago were advertised as jar openers, but they work well for oil filters and even the metal cap that comes on gas bottles from the welder's supply place. I keep the smaller one in the kitchen (it will do most jars), and the larger in the garage. They are all over Amazon.


See link I provided page back. Excellent product and no need to have an extra gadget in the drawer.



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I would like to find something that will open a large, maybe 4" or 5" diameter, jar lid.

The Guillain Barré has left me with decreased grip strength and it is sometimes a struggle to open a new jar, especially with a larger size lid.


Someone already said this, but a strap wrench. We use them at work for the containers of essential oils. Bug caps that are screwed on tighter than imaginable. We use a strap wrench and they come off easy.

https://www.amazon.com/Craftsm...70671429&s=hi&sr=1-4





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Picked up one of these strawberry hullers back in 2014. Regularly use it as I prefer it to either slicing off the tops or carving the stems out. Big Grin



And the Fushionbrand silicon poach pods acquired back in 2010. Works like a champ! Smile



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This doohickey

Got it at some chef party Mrs Mike hosted ten years ago...it’s moved TWICE. First thing I did when we said we were moving to Texas, I took it down from under a cabinet and put it in my luggage.

Got one for my bro who has arthritis since he was 7, he loves it. You grab the bottom of the can or jar, shove it in there and twist, easy peasy.

ETA: Mrs Mike just said it’s from pampered chef. It says it can open jars from 3 1/2” or smaller...will this help VTail? If so INSTANT KARMA I will have one sent to you.

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George Foreman is my friend! I make grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, mainly.


You mean RICH friend. It's nice to see a good guy do well.. (Snip/paste article)

Although Foreman has never confirmed exactly how much he has earned from the endorsement, Salton, Inc. paid him $138 million in 1999 in order to buy out the right to use his name. Previous to that he was being paid about 40 percent of the profits on each grill sold, earning him $4.5 million a month in payouts at its peak, so it is estimated he has made a total of over $200 million from the endorsement, a sum that is substantially more than he earned as a boxer.


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Another item you see frequently at thrift stores. Good for George- one of the boxing greats that didn’t need to walk around trying to project an attitude of badassery.




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Just got it ordered for you, it comes with little screws that are supposed to be used to mount it under a cabinet( which is where we have ours). They look like they are too short but they are made to not go thru a standard cabinet bottom, no extra stuff is needed. The nice thing is grabbing the jar is much easier than grabbing the lid. If I remember correctly it didn’t come with directions, but that was a decade ago, they may have fixed it by now.



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One thing I use way more than I thought I would is my mandoline.
I have a V blade version, and to me it seems to work better than the straight blade ones. It also has interchangeable blades, so it's replaced my box grater and several other tools too.

Another "gizmo" I use with it is a Kevlar glove to keep my hand intact. So much easier than using the cumbersome handguard that comes with the device.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CT63964




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I have one, and use it for that purpose. Works great.

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Originally posted by gearhounds:
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Originally posted by V-Tail:
I would like to find something that will open a large, maybe 4" or 5" diameter, jar lid.

The Guillain Barré has left me with decreased grip strength and it is sometimes a struggle to open a new jar, especially with a larger size lid.


I’ve heard rubber strap oil filter wrenches work, but have never tried one.
 
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Remember the Robo-Stir. That little gizmo would stir your food unattended. JUNK. Within 2 weeks it quit. Plus it would tip over a lot.
 
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Quickly, neatly makes this with one English muffin, one egg, a slice of cheese and ham.



I was really excited about this sandwich maker when I first saw them - never got it to work. The egg was always mostly raw and the english muffin burned regardless of how we did it.


I've got zero experience with this appliance. Maybe it's great. However we make English muffin egg dealies once or twice a month. We use the tried and true method of putting the muffin in the toaster and using the circle forms for the eggs which can be topped with cheese and or bacon or ham... whatever you like. It's simple enough and the end product is delicious. There's no appliance to clean and store, just the everyday toaster to cover and a pan to wash. I guess I'm missing something.



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One of THE greatest kitchen implements ever invented:

The Spiralizer.


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One of THE greatest kitchen implements ever invented:

The Spiralizer.


So tempting to just click add-to-cart then place order. I'm trying to stop impulse buying on Amazon so I'm going to think about it for 48 hours then impulse buy itBig Grin
 
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One of THE greatest kitchen implements ever invented:

The Spiralizer.


So tempting to just click add-to-cart then place order. I'm trying to stop impulse buying on Amazon so I'm going to think about it for 48 hours then impulse buy itBig Grin


We have this - BUY EET!
 
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One of THE greatest kitchen implements ever invented:

The Spiralizer.


So tempting to just click add-to-cart then place order. I'm trying to stop impulse buying on Amazon so I'm going to think about it for 48 hours then impulse buy itBig Grin


We have this - BUY EET!

Indeed!

When you've got about 60# of apples to get through in a day, you'll thank me.

Apparently this little invention has been around for awhile whilst I spent hours and hours with a paring knife. No more!

It peels, it slices, it cores...it damn near eats them for you. Big Grin

It even makes julienne fries (props to the Bassomatic). Wink


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Quickly, neatly makes this with one English muffin, one egg, a slice of cheese and ham.

I was really excited about this sandwich maker when I first saw them - never got it to work. The egg was always mostly raw and the english muffin burned regardless of how we did it.

Our double breakfast sandwich maker is GREAT! (Hamilton Beach)
I like a 4-4.5 min sandwich, the wife does 5-5.5 minutes. (more crispy english muffin)
Cleans up with a paper towel.
Our keto has cut into the english muffin eating but for a change of pace breakfast, it’s really good.


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These work passably for making boiled eggs.

 
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If you like soft boiled eggs, an egg topper that makes smooth cuts is very nice to have. I have two. My first one was this spring operated Rösle:

www.amazon.com/dp/B0045YMQ36/r..._api_i_vPkODbRE225E8

My second was this gravity operated “Egg Clack”:

www.amazon.com/dp/B000VOQ356/r..._api_i_mRkODb43TT7PN

There’s a learning curve for both, but it’s gentler for the Clack. And if the first egg proves to have a shell that’s tougher or more fragile than average, it’s easier to compensate for that with the Clack.



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Apple corer/slicer. Steel blades radiating out from center hole. Cores and slices apple into 6 slices in a sec. Love it.

Also have this silicone rubber kinda tube. 1" or so in diameter. Made for peeling garlic. Put the clove inside, grasp with 2 hands, and roll your hands together and it removes the peel, which sticks to the inside of the tube by static or something.

Love both, got them at Sur la Table, I think.



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