Mar 15, 2012

Stop Your Pot from Boiling Over

In Hot Water Again....                                                Guest Writer: Ruth Morse

Did you know that if you lay a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water, it won’t boil over?

No kidding! I read this hint on one of the forwards with a gazillion amazing household hints. This email had pictures, so that got even my ADHD attention.

Being the skeptic I am, I had to try and disprove the hint. .....

Guess what?
I think it works!!
I am a very messy, sloppy cook. If it’s possible to have anything in a pot boil over and make a mess on the stove top, I have done it. Rice, pasta, grits, gravy and more have made colossal messes on my stove. I think the key is that I am an impatient cook and crank the heat up as far as it will go, then get distracted [see above ADHD] and forget to check the pot until I hear the sudden hiss of liquid meeting hot glass stove top.

I gave this somewhat wacko idea a trial run. Sure enough! As you can see by the picture, the liquid was really boiling hard….and high….in the pot. I had to leave it at this stage long enough to get a decent picture and all that time, it did not boil over! However, then I panicked and turned the heat down.

So I cannot honestly say that it would never, ever, ever, ever, ever creep past the spoon and land on the stove top.

If the spoon only delays the boil-over, I can live with that. This could save me lots of cleaning! I’m all for that.

And now, here is a hint you will never, ever, ever, ever see on any email or in any magazine article.

If you put a jar of mustard in the microwave and leave the lid on tight, it will eventually explode the top off and most of the mustard will end up on the roof of the micro.

Sorry. There are no pictures of this. I cleaned it up quick before Jim wandered in to the kitchen.

Don’t ask why I put mustard in the microwave. The answer is too stupid for me to put in print, especially on a blog that millions of people read.

...and one more thing......
uh, I'll get back to you when I remember it.
The Cheap Senior Citizen is a Guest Writer who occasionally shares helpful hints she has learned through her experience.


Anonymous said...

ok I'm going to try this and it BETTER work!

Anonymous said...

It's on the internet. You know everything you read on the internet is the truth.