Asked on Aug 06, 2017

Stainless steel cap of cocktail shaker stuck...

by Jodash
Howdy everyone...
Not sure if this is appropo for this particular site but what have I got to lose....I have a stainless steel martini shaker and the lid is stuck and won't budge, not even a little. Argh! It appears that it got off track somehow the last time I used it and now I've tried everything I can think of, i.e., oil, soaking in warm soapy water, those rubber discs for turning, short of changing my gender to acquire more muscle, I'm at a loss and ready to toss:) Oh, and btw I haven't tried using a sharp tool for fear of scratching it...

  25 answers
  • LaViCa LaViCa on Aug 06, 2017

    Only suggesting because the item you mention is metal...I'm also assuming that the lid is screwed onto a glass container...Have you tried soaking the seal / seam with Coca-Cola? If there is the slightest bit of rust in the grooves perhaps the Coke would loosen it up. Also, instead of soaking the lid and jar it's attached to, have you tried running very hot tap water (straight from the faucet) over the lid ONLY and not the container? Soaking both in hot water encourages both materials to expand the heated molecules, but focusing the hot water primarily on the lid only might allow for the lid molecules to expand more rapidly than the container, allowing for easier movement.

    • Jodash Jodash on Aug 06, 2017

      Thank you Lavica...I will try just the hot water and just the lid method and the coke and see what happens And btw the container is also stainless steel, not glass:)

  • Roseann Schnietz Roseann Schnietz on Aug 06, 2017

    Use cold water and you're rubber thing and it should come off, cold should make it shrink some

  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Aug 06, 2017

    It sounds like it's wedged between grooves, and since you've tried all the right things it may be time to replace it.

  • L. Creative L. Creative on Aug 06, 2017

    Would one of the products at the hardware store work? The ones for loosening screws? I would take it to the store since most times the people there love a challenge!

  • Bda28350864 Bda28350864 on Aug 06, 2017

    spray WD40 using the attachment, let sit and redo as often so it soaks inside the rim. Could take several sprays. its corroded

    • Jodash Jodash on Aug 06, 2017

      Hmm, I did think of that as well, but not the letting it sit for a period of time...will try, Thanks...

  • Goat5691 Goat5691 on Aug 06, 2017

    I would dip the top in an oil, let it set to allow penitration on the cap. Put the shaker in a pot of water top side up, and bring to a boil. the air inside will expand and hopefully loosen the cap, Let it cool and then tap the cap on the edge of the sink while turning the shaker. Good Luck.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Aug 06, 2017

    Try putting the bottom in ice sold water, then the top in really hot water and try to turn it immediately. The cold should shrink the bottom and the hot expand the top. It is worth a try! It has worked for me with stuck jar lids when I have taken them out of the fridge.

  • Martina Martina on Aug 06, 2017

    Try putting it in the freezer for a while. The metal will contract a bit; might be enough to loosen.

    • Jodash Jodash on Aug 06, 2017

      Thanks Martina, I thought of that but didn't try...fingers crossed:0

  • Sandie60 Sandie60 on Aug 06, 2017

    Try the hot water trick, then tap the side of lid on the side of a counter.

    This works most of the time.

    You can also try the old jar trick. Run just the top under hot water, then give it a good tap on the kitchen floor. Works on top of pickle jars

  • Nancy Zucker Nancy Zucker on Aug 06, 2017

    Put it in your freezer for several hours.


    Go to your local auto repair guy and ask him to remove it the same way he would remove a stuck oil filter. There is a strap like device that goes around it and has a lever/handle

    • Jodash Jodash on Aug 06, 2017

      Wow! Who knew?:)...I'm due for an oil change anyway:) Thanks!

  • William William on Aug 06, 2017

    I go with WD40 solution. Turn it over and liberally spray WD40 with the tube. Let it sit for a while for the WD40 to penetrate.

  • Jodash Jodash on Aug 06, 2017

    Thanks, Will...will do...;)

  • Pam Pam on Aug 10, 2017

    Make the inside part hot and the outside cold- or maybe reverse- one will expand and the other contract.

  • Jodash Jodash on Aug 11, 2017

    Well, I finally got the cap off:) I tried the WD40 as suggested and let it sit for a bit. I still could not budge the darn thing however. Then I had a brain storm. There are these little air vent holes in the cap (the one stuck to the lid of the shaker) so I turned the whole lid upside down and then got a tiny screwdriver and inserted it into the middle hole, got a hammer and lightly tapped a few times, then Wahlah off it came! Not sure if the WD helped the process or it would have come off this way anyhow, but, thank you all for your help and suggestions!!:) Now, who want's a martini?! LOL.

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    • Nathan Winkle Nathan Winkle on Jan 26, 2021

      Thank you so much we tried everything and this is the one that worked!😭❤️

  • Jug34096277 Jug34096277 on Sep 14, 2018

    Next time just hit hard the side of the shaker on a hard surface. I had been fighting for hours with a jammed lid going over tips from this and other webpages until a barman walked in and did the trick in a split second.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Nov 24, 2019

    Lots of great ideas here! I have a three-piece cocktail shaker and was struggling with the cap being stuck to the strainer piece. What worked for me was to place the strainer and cap into a bowl of ice water. While it was soaking in the ice water, I boiled a little pot/saucepan of hot water. Once it was at a good rolling boil, I took the strainer & cap out of the ice water and dipped the cap only (maybe only halfway) into the boiling water for only about 3 seconds. I then quickly pulled the cap off very easily! Hot tap water didn’t work for me, hence the pot of boiling water. Thanks all for great ideas!

  • Hugh Beaumont Hugh Beaumont on Mar 29, 2020

    My top cap was stuck to the strainer. I tried everything, but this worked easily - I turned it upside down and inserted the head of a small philips screwdriver into the strainer holes, then with a hammer, tapped into a few different holes against the underside of the cap. (naturally, you have to be holding the strainer/cap and small screwdriver in one hand) After tapping into three or four holes, the cap popped off. (and yes, there was a little rust around the circumference)

  • Diana Diana on Jun 24, 2020

    I was having this problem for days. When I finally got the lid off, I found the situation pictured below. Check this before freezing, heating, pounding and WD40ing...all of which I tried before I got lucky. I was about to trash it! Ha!

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  • Patty Patty on Jun 24, 2020

    Freeze it

  • Anne FitzGerald Anne FitzGerald on Jun 25, 2020

    Omg! Worked a treat! Put some cooking oil in the lid. Let it soak for a while and put just the top in hot water . Used a small screwdriver in the lid, turned upside down and knocked off the pavement ! Off it popped . Thanks. Will keep inside the lid lubricated with cooking oil going forward

  • Kelly F. Gable-Nash Kelly F. Gable-Nash on Dec 23, 2020

    He there. Did you ever get the top off? I have a metal cocktail shaker and mine is stuck. It's the top it's kinda old. Do you have a picture of it? This is mine. HELP!!

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  • Udi Finkelstein Udi Finkelstein on Mar 17, 2021

    I've tried all the methods above (hot/cold/screwsriver/WD40) but nothing worked, then I got some genius advice that worked like wonders here.

    I filled the part with water just above filter holes, and put it in the fridge. Since everything is made of metal, the water froze on all the parts that touch the metal first, including the metal grill with the holes. When the inner part eventually froze, it expanded, but had to push against the frozen water around the filter, which left the cap no choice but to pop off!

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    • Mme56408765 Mme56408765 on Dec 27, 2021

      Thank you. The screwdriver/hot water didn’t work. Tried this one over others mentioned cuz found it simple to do. Took it out the next day & it worked 😊.

  • Gwen Sharp Gwen Sharp on May 08, 2022

    Try heating the top portion with a hair dryer while setting the bottom part and some cold ice water be careful not to get the cord in the water and have some heat resistant gloves but that should heat the top enough to allow you to turn it and get it back on track and possibly off the shaker