How to open a pasta sauce jar?

In this article, we will answer the question “How to open a pasta sauce jar?”, and how to store pasta sauce?

How to open a pasta sauce jar?

Following are a variety of ways you can open a stubborn pasta jar lid. If none of the following techniques work for you, you might consider investing in an electric jar opener.

Breaking the seal on the lid

  • Use heavy wooden spoons to tap on the lid of the jar around the edges to loosen the lid and break the seal.
  • Break the seal by teasing it with the tip of a butter knife or the end of a metal spoon more like a lever.
  • Use the “water hammer” method. This method works by holding the jar in your non-dominant hand and tapping the base of the jar with the palm of your hands so that the seal breaks loose due to the pressure of the contents. 
  • In a bowl, add hot water, insert the jar and place it in the hot water for 30 seconds. Then try to open the lid. Repeat this process till the seal breaks loose.
  • Use a hairdryer to heat the lid for about 30 seconds so that It expands and the seal comes off when you twist it preferably with a towel.
  • Alternatively, use a lighter to heat and expand the rim of the lid. Be careful with this method. Twist off the lid after 30 seconds of heating using a towel.

Getting a better grip on the lid

  • Use a dry dish towel to twist off the lid. Hold the jar in your non-dominant hand and use the force of your other hand to break the seal.
  • Wear a pair of dry kitchen rubber gloves for a better grip on the lid and the body of the jar. Break the seal by twisting it off.
  • Take a piece of plastic wrap that would fit the lid up to the rims. Make sure It clings to the lid. Once It sticks to it, twist the lid to break the seal.
  • Stretch an elastic and tight rubber band around the lid for a better grip.
  • Just like plastic wrap, place a dryer sheet over the lid to twist off the seal. For better results, you can combine this technique with the rubber band method.

How long can pasta sauce last in the fridge?

The shelf-life of the pasta sauce depends on its base ingredients. The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of different types of pasta sauces.

Types of pasta sauceIn the pantry(unopened)In the refrigerator(opened)
Tomato-based pasta sauce1 year5-10 days
Cream-based pasta sauce6-8 months7 days
Oil-based pasta sauce1 year2 weeks
Dry-package pasta sauce6-12 months7-10 days(If prepared)

Tomato-based pasta sauces will generally keep for longer due to the acidity of the tomatoes.  If the tomato-based sauce contains meats, consume it within 2-3 days of refrigeration as the meat will spoil quicker than the tomato sauce. 

Diary-based pasts sauces like Carbonara, alfredo, Cajun alfredo, pesto cream, white clam, and beer cheese sauces should be consumed within hours of preparation because they spoil rapidly.

How to store pasta sauce?

After opening the can, transfer the store-bought sauce to an air-tight Tupperware or glass container. The same applies to a homemade pasta sauce. It will remain safe for a week on average. Consume within 2-3 days for the best flavor.

If you want to extend the shelf-life beyond weeks, freeze store the sauce. Transfer the sauce to a heavy-duty freezer bag or an air-tight container and keep it in the freezer for up to 6-8 months. Any pasts sauce stored at 0°F will keep indefinitely in the freezer.

How to tell if the pasta sauce is bad?

  1. The consistency of the sauce will become thicker coupled with a tangy or sour odor when it is spoiled. 
  1. If the sauce is tomato-based, it will develop a dull red color instead of a bright red color due to spoilage.
  1. If there are clear signs of mold on the surface or the sauce or on the lid, discard it immediately.

Which pasta should be paired with what type of sauce?

Spaghetti, Linguini, and Angel Hair Pasta should be paired with light olive oil-based sauces or Cream-based sauces like Carbonara.

Thick chunky meat sauces go best with Penne, Rigatoni, and Macaroni pasta. Pair Pesto and other lighter sauces with Fusilli, Gemelli, and Rotini pasta.


In this article, we answered the question “How to open a pasta sauce jar?”, and how to store pasta sauce?



Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.

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