Have you ever pulled the jelly jar from the fridge and grunted and strained to get the lid off? Only to find out that the lid is stuck worse than an elephant in quicksand. That's when you know that Mongo has been there. Mongo is what we call the mysteriously powerful critter that sneaks in and super-tightens your jar lids. You never know when he'll strike.
|Jelly jar and my tools.|
There wasn't much to choose from for lunch the other day, so I decided on a PB&J. Bread-check, peanut butter-check, and then I reach for the jelly. It's just ordinary grape jelly in an ordinary jar. That is it used to be ordinary. Now it it's been Mongo-tized.
After some grunting and straining it's still not budging, so I pull out my strap wrench. This handy-dandy gadget didn't come from any fancy kitchen store. Nope, hubby got it from the plumber who was working on the toilets at work. He asked the guy where he could buy one. Plumber said it's part of the kit and they're disposable. Well, it got disposed of into hubby's hands, and then into mine. It usually works like a charm but not this time, all because Mongo snuck in and put his mojo on my jelly jar. So I went old school and whacked it with the kitchen scissors (Mom's method for loosening stubborn jar lids). Strange, but it works. Then I popped the strap wrench back on and... success. For a moment there I thought I was going to need the jaws of life just to open the jelly.
Does Mongo ever wreak havoc on your jars?