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Martini shaker

I have a stinless steel martini shaker that I have not been able to open for a week now.... I made a matini for myseld one night, than walk away with my drink and left the shaker on the kitchen counter. Next morning, I went back to clean it up, and have not been able to open it since. So far I've tried soaking in cold water, hot water, freeze it than run under hot water, 2 grown men's hands. NOTHING WORKED! Can anyone help?

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  1. if you have a strap wrench or maybe even an oil filter tool, either should provide the leverage you need. the strap wrench is least likely to mar the surface.


    1. I had this happen recently, and nothing worked. It somehow appeared to become one piece. I just threw the thing out. $20 wasted, but at least I stopped trying to wrench it open before my carpal tunnel acted up.

      One thing that I did try, which did not work, but you did not mention, was wrapping the whole thing in a towel and hitting the top gently in a perpendicular motion with a rubber mallet. I could imagine it might work on some shakers, but it did not work on mine (or at least I wasn't about to hit it hard enough to dent it).

      1. This happened to me with one of my favorite shakers once. After trying all the things you mention in your post with no success, I gave it to one of my lab tech friends who proceeded to whack it with a rubber mallet. Darned if that didn't do the trick... ;-) Worth a try if your other option is to just replace the shaker...

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        1. re: emmo42

          So, did we just suggest to the OP that they should buy a rubber mallet if they don't have one (or can't borrow one), or spend the money on a new shaker ? :)

          1. re: RGC1982

            Or substitute a shoe for a rubber mallet, something with a sturdy heel. Necessity is the mother of invention!

            1. re: adventuresinbaking

              Or take it outside and whack it on your car tire.

            2. re: RGC1982

              You could probably find a rubber mallet at the dollar store. Also useful for other kitchen purposes like pounding out meat.

          2. That also happened often with my old shaker. I would grab some type of tool and bang the top off. It was such a pain in the a.. that I finally threw it out and bought a new one. My new one works great and I've never had a problem.

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            1. re: brandygirl

              I really dislike the martini shakers with the threaded tops. I can never get them off. I would just ditch the shaker and get a Boston shaker like most bartenders use.

            2. you might have to toss it. for your next shaker, just get a simple boston shaker and a pint glass.

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              1. re: rebs

                Totally agree with this. I have a fancy shaker from Pottery Barn that is basically worthless unless you want to give yourself a stroke trying to get the lid off, while the contents splash everywhere (makes a nice decoration though). I use a basic stainless steel can and a pint glass. Get yourself a long bartenders spoon, a strainer, and you're all set.

              2. Thank you all for your input. We finally got it open, I think it was a pur stroke of luck, since all my boyfriend did was twist...
                But I did considered getting a new one. I saw a lovely one in Sur la Table made by Rosle, and the design feels like getting top and buttom stuck will never happen. However, at a price tag of $58! Is it worth it?

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                1. re: meimei

                  Nope. I would just head over to the local restaurant supply store and get a stainless steal one there. If they don't have a boston shaker, just discard the top and use a pint glass as the top. It may seem a little scary the first time you shake a cocktail in the shaker, but it works!

                  Practice a few times and you'll look like a real professional at parties!

                  1. re: meimei

                    In my opinion there is no martini shaker worth $58. Look into the Boston shaker.

                    1. re: KTinNYC

                      Maybe if you don't want to use the Boston shaker which takes some getting used too. I went through a similiar situation and took a new shaker back and ended up getting one at Williams Sonoma that is designed not to stick and it works great - only $40. Here is the link: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

                    2. re: meimei

                      whoa... 58 bucks! any two pieces of stainless steel (whether cheap or expensive) will likely get stuck together after being chilled and shaken. not sure why it happens. any physics folks out there to explain?

                      again, a metal boston shaker, a pint glass and a strainer is all you need.

                      1. re: rebs

                        We have a bunch of very fancy deco shakers, some by Chase and other famous makers. And then we have the one I use, which has an insulated plastic-and-aluminum shaker cup, a clear plastic strainer lid, and a cap which doubles as a shot glass. Got it at Bad Breath & Beyond several years ago for some ridiculously low price, and it works perfectly - lots easier to use than the fancy ones, if not so handsome on the sideboard...

                    3. You poor, poor people! Have you never heard, "Stir, don't shake?" '-)

                      I have a drop-dead gorgeous super-sophisticated silver martini pitcher that was given to friends of my parents for Christmas, 1933. It has a lid that "snaps" in and out, and a strainer on the spout that does the same. It's a pain to polish, but now that I think about it, maybe it is intended to be shaken, then to serve as a martini pitcher. It's lovely all frosted on the outside from a chilly liquid inside, and you can tell how much is left by how far the sweat goes up the sides. I love it.

                      I also have a gorgeous circa 1960s tall crystal martini pitcher with a very long glass rod to stir with. I think it was made about the time that James Bond took the world by storm. I now keep it on the island in my kitchen filled with a "bouquet" of hand made shish kabob swords. But when I feel a need for a sophisticated turn with martinis, i'ts it!

                      Anybody else prefer martini pitchers to shakers? Advantage: You NEVER ever ever have a problem getting them open. Ever! '-)

                      1. We have a great, old, heavy glass cocktail shaker with metal top that I love for making cocktails.

                        My favorite stand-in is a quart canning jar, and on the boat I use a Rubbermaid bottle.