The tale of an obstinate jar of German Liverwurst.

Each year I try and make the best of the Christmas festivities with fine foods which often include Dutch Herrings, my beloved butter milk and if available German liverwurst. To my delight, and well beyond my wildest dreams, just before Christmas, Aldi had the German liverwurst up for sale. I could not believe how fortuitous my life of late has become. Without lingering I bought the Liverwurst together with butter milk and a packet of Brussel Sprouts. I like to sautรฉ the Sprouts in butter milk before blanching them to eat semi raw. This dish I often serve up on Boxing Day to an unsuspecting guest as a special treat after usually a big dinner or lunch on the previous Christmas day where most of us overeat and overjoy. (The pavlova did not disappoint nor the chicken curry beforehand. Remnants are now in the fridge.)

Sadly, when it came to the German Liverwurst, I could not open it. I tried everything, even a hammer and plyers. I held the glass jar in water, an old trick that Helvi taught me. Nothing would budge this jar to release the glass lid held in its steel ring and rubber seal. See the photo above! Fortunately, the shops reopen on Boxing Day so I quickly went back to Aldi to get my refund or given a jar of The German Liverwurst that would give up its contents for normal eating. This is not too much to ask, is it?

On arrival, I gave the jar back to the cashier together with a bottle of wine, some cheese and a leek that I wanted to buy. The girl asked me if I still had the receipt of the German liverwurst. I said I don’t keep receipts of German Liverwurst or any other items. She looked as if she was fronted with a difficult decision. So, in order to avoid any time wasting I said I would gladly keep the German Liverwurst if the jar could be opened. This struck the right chord. I mean, would I try and get this item by subterfuge or stealing? Do I look like a Liverwurst thief and do that on Boxing Day? An elderly gentleman wearing a cap?

Try as she might she could not open the jar, so she called in for reinforcement. A burly Aldi man turned up who looked as if he could open the jar by just looking at it. But try as he might the lid would not budge. I could see his pride in front of the female cashier was at stake. Again, I came to the rescue to resolve the matter and said that perhaps another jar would be more compliant and open up. He quickly agreed to get another jar of German Liverwurst so off he went. It took a while, but he came back a bit red in the face but had a jar that he showed could be opened. I was very happy with that and returned home.

The jar of German Liverwurst is now resting in the fridge. I will have some tonight and light a candle.

Such a nice Christmas.

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26 Responses to “The tale of an obstinate jar of German Liverwurst.”

  1. Dora Says:

    Funny you should mention this Gerard.
    I found this Liverwurst just this morning, by god we were pleased as a german friend gave us this liverwurst roll as a christmas present we went to Aldi to get more…of cause it wasn’t there and then I found the jared liverwurst. All our Christmases came at once…but now I’m concerned. Whats the secret?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I suspect it might be a bit hard, Dora. If difficult, hold in some hot water. It did not work for me and even the big Aldi man could not do it. He managed to get another jar which he opened but he was red in the face for trying, so… best of luck.
      Let us know how you went!

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  2. freefall852 Says:

    Could it be, Gerard, that like water going down the sink in the Nth’n hemisphere, the lids there open in the opposite direction to those of the Sth’n Hemisphere?

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  3. leggypeggy Says:

    I love liverwurst and this is a great story. Glad you won’t have to go without.

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  4. Robert Parker Says:

    Glad you found your treats for the holiday, I only eat chicken livers but I know liverwurst-fanciers will accept nothing else. Happy Boxing Day

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  5. catterel Says:

    Conspiracy theory …

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  6. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    YAY for liverwurst and a nice Christmas!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    OH, gosh, on opening jars! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚ โค๏ธ

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  7. shoreacres Says:

    This made me all curious, so I went looking. The difference between the braunschwager I remember and your liverwurst is that the braunschwager is smoked. It came in a tube; actually, it still is sold, and still comes in the same tube. My dad loved it as much as his pickled herring. I may have to get some for New Year’s.

    I suspect a vacuum lock sealed your first jar. There are a couple of products I buy that sometimes have that problem. One option is to fold a towel several layers thick, put it on the floor, and smack the jar as hard as I can. That works with screw tops, but I’m not sure it would work with your crock. Slipping a screwdriver through that latch and using it as a lever might work — or not!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      How good your dad liked pickled herrings. It is usually my first question meeting new people; do you like raw pickled herrings?
      I am not sure I am drawn to food coming out of a tube. Still, worth a try.
      Screw tops are sometimes difficult too, as are those tins with a pull tag on top.
      As for the steel band around the Liverwurst glass jar, nothing would budge it. I tried screwdriver and a hammer.

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  8. auntyuta Says:

    Reblogged this on AuntyUta and commented:
    “. . . Without lingering I bought the Liverwurst together with butter milk and a packet of Brussel Sprouts. I like to sautรฉ the Sprouts in butter milk before blanching them to eat semi raw. This dish I often serve up on Boxing Day to an unsuspecting guest as a special treat after usually a big dinner or lunch on the previous Christmas day where most of us overeat and overjoy. . . “

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  9. Therese Trouserzoff Says:

    Hey Gez.

    Good on you for persisting with the obstinate jar lid. I donโ€™t have a hankering for Liverwurst or even Liverbest, but I can offer some fool-proof jar opening technology.

    Haron 100mm Strap Wrench – Bunnings Australia.png

    Costs $6.95

    This innocuous rubber strap with a plastic handle is just the ticket. Inside the rubber strap are steel wires, giving it great strength and the handle is designed to give you a huge amount of leverage.

    Plumbers use them to remove frozen tap domes and mechanics use them to remove or tighten oil filter canisters from engines.

    Many thanks for your interesting stories and reflections. I often find they stimulate lots of ideas for my own stories.

    I want to wish you and all friends of Oostertreats a peaceful, safe, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

    Kind regards,
    Therese Trouserzoff ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      And all the best to you too Emjay or Therese Trouserzoff. They changed the jar to one they opened up for me. I often wonder how the elderly cope with undoing lids or wrappings from the merchandise that seems to delight in making it so hard. Even getting strawberries out of those plastic baskets is a challenge now.
      All the best to you too for 2023.


  10. rangewriter Says:

    Oh my gosh. The case of the stubborn liverwurst! I love your solutions to problems. I’d have probably resorted to a crying fit and a hammer which would have resulted in glass everywhere and totally ruined wurst! I am the worst.

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  11. rangewriter Says:

    BTW, my big holiday treat is Lebkuchen which I remember as a child used to come in the mail from German relatives. It would arrive in a gorgeous hinged tin with an assortment of sizes and beautiful variations. Now I’m lucky to spend a fortune on packages of 7 discs wrapped in cellophane. Still, I buy a batch of them every November when they show up in our little Bavarian Deli.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      My latest treat (for after midnight) is a jar of dill and other spices marinated matjes herring. It is difficult to buy but two days ago I spotted them hiding on a shelf at Harris Farms which is a very expensive large self-service delicatessen empire.
      It attracts shoppers careless with money which I am not. That’s why I only eat their products after midnight in the dark.

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