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.
I love learning new things. This one put a smile on my face.
By Luana M. from San Diego, CA
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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?
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.
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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