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Preventing a Pot From Boiling Over

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It is very frustrating and messy when your cooking pot boils over onto the stovetop.This is a guide about preventing a pot from boiling over.
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By 9 found this helpful
April 19, 2012

I was amazed there was something I hadn't read, lived by or seen on Thriftyfun. Not that I know it all but sure we have those 'wow' moments when seeing anything new. This was one of those for me.

I grew up living thrifty and with every saying it seems, "A watched pot never boils" is one. What else is there to do? Yes, it does seem it takes twice as long when watching the pot of water so it will not boil over.

My friend sent me some tips her Aunt had shared with her. If you place a wooden spoon over the pot filled with water it will not boil over. I tried it several times and it's fool proof! Just get one of the old spoons we all seem to have, place over your pot of water and go about your business. It will not boil over the sides of the pan. Doesn't hurt the spoon either. I just wouldn't forget about it and burn the pan. Now there is no need to stand there watching anymore.

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I love learning new things. This one put a smile on my face.

By Luana M. from San Diego, CA

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April 22, 20120 found this helpful

Who would have ever thought of this one. Its got to be from women in the past who cooked with wooden spoons often. It was probably very well know. Now in this day and age, I learned something new. Who likes to clean their stove? Not I.

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March 16, 20130 found this helpful

I find it works with any big spoon. I use one that has a handle long enough so it doesn't slide down into the pot, put the spoon down into whatever I am cooking with the handle resting on the top edge of the pot. It works with soups and boiling potatoes which are bad about boiling over.

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March 17, 20130 found this helpful

Thanks for this tip; have a new stove and while becoming accustomed to it, have had trouble with the boiling over it. I will definitely try this. Any tips for keeping sauce from splattering out?

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By 4 found this helpful
January 25, 2010

Before boiling potatoes, pasta, or rice, rub margarine around the top inside of the pan to keep it from boiling over.

By Sandy from Graettinger, IA

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Anonymous
January 25, 20100 found this helpful

Turning down the temp as soon as rice or pasta is added to the boiling water does the trick too ;-)

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful

Just lay a wooden spoon over the pot. Works every time, the water will not boil over.

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July 14, 20081 found this helpful

This tip is for boiling pasta, noodles, rice, etc. The next time you have an empty can, remove the lid. When you are boiling water, place the lid in the bottom of the pot. This will keep the water from boiling over. Be careful removing lid, as it will have jagged edges.

Source: I read about this tip many years ago.

By Robin from Gothenburg, Sweden

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 15, 20080 found this helpful

You don't have to have sharp edges. Walmart has a can opener that takes the whole lid off and leaves not one sharp edge. It is with all the other hand hand held appliances. Thought Dad was nuts when he spent money on the first one now I use it all the time.

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July 16, 20080 found this helpful

A small amount of butter or olive oil ( 1-2 teaspoonsful)

will work also. Turn down the fire to just simmer.

GG Vi

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 16, 20080 found this helpful

Yes, I can't even believe that they sell boil-minders in gourmet gadget stores! I have one of those can openers that leaves a smooth edge and I've been using the can lids of the spaghetti sauce I buy ever since. I'd never pay for one (they cost anywhere from 5-10! How silly)

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 17, 20080 found this helpful

Be careful the can does not have a plastic lining on it. The lining in it may have harmful ingredients that are not meant for cooking.

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November 2, 20130 found this helpful

Hi, folks, I just have to share something I discovered last year. I don't have the patience to cook individual servings of grits, oatmeal, and rice, so I prefer to put the dish in the microwave and return when the dish is ready to eat. No rinsing, soaking, babysitting, stirring, etc. The secret I have discovered that prevents boilover is a tall container with straight (not tapered) sides that also fits into the microwave (measure your microwave's internal height using a tape measure).

The tool I use is a 2000-mL glass or plastic beaker. Just google 2000 mL beaker, and you should be able to find a glass one for ~$15 or a plastic one for ~$5. I prefer glass because cleanup is so easy. Please enjoy and share my recipes below, and if you have tips for me, I'd love to hear them!

Notes: Butter, salt, and sugar are optional, as I don't have boilover whether I add them or not. My microwave is an 1100 Watt microwave with an internal height of 9 inches from the turntable to the roof of the microwave. These recipes can be scaled up for use in large microwaveable bowls with tall sides and at least a 6 quart capacity.

1. Oatmeal (quick, traditional, gluten-free, etc.): 2/3 cup oatmeal, 1 and 1/3 cup water, 1 Tbs sugar, 1 pat of butter, 1 dash of salt, and microwave for 5 minutes at full power.

2. Quick grits: 1/4 cup quick five-minute grits, 1 and 1/4 cup water, and microwave for 5 minutes at full power.

3. Traditional grits: 1/4 cup traditional grits, 1 and 1/2 cup water, and microwave for 6 minutes and 30 seconds at full power.

4. Brown rice: 1/2 cup rice, 2 cups water, and microwave for 30 minutes at 70% power (or, 1 cup rice, 3 cups water, and microwave for 40 minutes at 50% power).

5. Basmati rice or jasmine rice: 1/2 cup rice, 1 cup + 1 oz of water, and microwave for 15 minutes at 50% power.

Happy microwaving!

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May 7, 20051 found this helpful

When boiling potatoes, other vegetables, or pasta for your favorite recipe, a small amount, 1/2 tsp. or so of butter, will keep it from boiling over onto the burner.

By Becky

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 7, 20050 found this helpful

Better still, lay a wooden spoon across the top of the pot. Cheaper than butter and fewer calories too!

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By 2 found this helpful
February 11, 2013

Did you know that placing a wooden spoon across the top of a pot of boiling water will prevent the water from boiling over. Try it, it works!

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By 2 found this helpful
February 5, 2010

When boiling pasta, potatoes, or etc. just place a large wooden or metal spoon across the pot top. This stops liquid from boiling over onto stove. It has never failed me.

Source: Grandmother

By rosebudml from Sarasota, FL

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By 0 found this helpful
January 8, 2014

When boiling potatoes, noodles, etc on top of stove, place a wooden spoon over top of pan to keep it from boiling over and having to clean up a mess.

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February 5, 20100 found this helpful

Place a wooden spoon across the top of the pot when you are boiling water. It separates the steam and keeps it from boiling over.

By dsbaby14

Answers:

Keeping Pasta from Boiling Over

To keep your pot from boiling over when cooking pasta, potatoes, etc.,place a wooden spoon across the top of the pot.
(12/05/2004)

By Lori

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January 25, 20100 found this helpful

To stop potatoes or rice from boiling over while cooking on a stovetop, smooth oil around the top inch of the pan. You can also use a low fat sprayer. Works like a charm, because oil and water don't mix!

By Cathy from UK


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