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Instructions for Coconut Oil

Instructions on how to open a stubbornly sealed pail

The problem that sometimes arises is with our proximity to the Antarctic. It was bottled and sealed in the tropics. Heat is the answer.
The problem with tight lids is the pressure inside has become different to the pressure outside.
There are two simple solutions. 1) Use a hairdryer to heat the lid seal all around. 2) Place it upside down in some hot water in a bowl, sink or such like. I’m sure it will be much easier after that.
We can equalise the pressure inside and soften the lid by putting some really hot water in the sink or in a bowl, and place the pail upside down in it until the plastic is softer.

Firstly, lids can stick on when they are cold. This idea applies to both the metal lids on glass jars and the plastic lids as well.

With a jar lid that won’t open easily, you can turn it upside down in just enough water to heat the lid. Then after it is heated sufficiently you should be able to use a tea towel to open the lid sufficiently.

With a plastic pail lid, you can use a hairdryer to heat the lid edge, and then something like a wide flat screwdriver should be easier to insert upwards inside the inner lip of the lid.

We’ve collated some instructions for Coconut Oil for you.

One of the most common questions is about removing lids from pails and jars. The answer is hot water on the sealed jar or pail lid.

This article is designed to help beginners and answer some common questions.

Your coconut oil will stay fine as long as clean utensils are used when the oil is scooped out and it is kept out of the sun with the lid on. There is no need to refrigerate the oil. If you keep Coconut Oil clean, it lasts at least 2 years from the manufacturer date.

Remember: keep it clean.

Keep the lid on whenever you can.

If it is constantly cold it is always harder. When it gets warmer it goes liquid.

Some people like to keep it unmelted for taste’s sake.

Zenian Philippine Coconut Oil 4 Litre Value Pails opening instructions 1

Step 1. Place a screwdriver under the lip. The plastic must be warmed enough to be flexible.

Zenian Philippine Coconut Oil 4 Litre Value Pails opening instructions 2

Step 2 – Cut the lip away.

Step 3 Rip off the seal or snip with garden shears.

Lever the lid lip.

Step 2 – Cut the lip away.

Step 3 – Remove lid, with, or without a lever, long, flat screwdriver, or other devices.

Open stubborn plastic pail lids
Lever thingy idea from a customer, using aluminium piping.


Pictured is a 4L pail. A 20L White Gold pail should have a rip seal. You pull the tab, and rip the plastic around.
If after that you have trouble, use the screw driver technique.
*Heat the plastic seal with a hair dryer if the plastic is still too hard to move.*

If your rip seal plastic pulls off too short, cut the exposed plastic lip of the lid with scissors.

Alternatively, your stubbornly sealed pail may look like this:

Coconut Oil Bulk Pail Opening Instructions Unopenable Uncut Seal

But it needs to look like this picture below

Coconut Oil Pail Unsealed

To learn how to unzip the seal on a double-sealed pail pictured above, take a look at the photos below.

Open Stubbornly Sealed Coconut Oil Pail
Coconut Oil pail - unsealing stubbornly sealed pail lower lip
Coconut Oil Pail unsealing upper lip

Now rip that plastic cord right around the pail and lift the lid with your hands or a screwdriver as above or preferably a kitchen bread and butter knife, if absolutely necessary.

I hope that helps.

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