Lids can become stuck to pots and dishes in the sink, such as two glass bowls, can stick one inside the other. This is a frustrating situation and seemingly difficult to resolve. This is a guide about separating pot, pans, and dishes that are stuck together.
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I had 2 pans that were stuck together. After trying everything I've heard of, I finally sprayed WD-40 into the sides of bottom pan, put them in freezer over-night, dropped them on concrete this morning, and VOILA! I have 2 pans again.
Wahoo! I had earlier tried putting ice in the top one and putting them on the stove on low, but it didn't work. So glad I have my favorite pans back again.
By Patsy from Hadley, MA
Separating 2 pans that have become stuck together can seem like a daunting problem. But it's not.
Using either heat or cold on both pans is a total waste of time.
To separate them use the heat = expand/cold = contract theory in simple physics.
Put the plug in your kitchen sink and fill it with water you have heated on the stove to not quite boiling and only deep enough to come close to the rim of the lower pan. Then put ice water in the upper pan. The hot water will expand the lower pan and the ice water will contract the upper pan allowing them to separate easily and safely with no damage to either one.
By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC
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Here are questions related to Separating Pots, Pans, and Dishes That are Stuck Together.
How do I remove an aluminum saucepan stuck in a china casserole dish?
By Louise B.11/07/2012
I would set the china dish in a sink with hot water - not enough to cover - but HOT - you want to heat up the china dish a bit. That might just do the trick on its own. And then add some ice cubes to the aluminum pot, and it should contract enough and the dish expand enough to come apart.
I was warming up some food in a large bowl by putting water in a glass pot and putting the plastic bow on top. Now the bowl is stuck inside my glass pot and I can't remove it. There is still a small amount of water in the pot but the bowl is embedded.
Staffney from Baltimore, MD
By Gloria B. (Guest Post)02/16/2009
I have two medal pots stuck and cannot get them apart. Tried putting them in the freezer - did not work. Tried oil between both - did not work. Really good pots - what else can I do?
I have two glass casserole dish lids that are stuck together like glue on paper. I have tried soaking them in hot and cold water, banging them apart, dish soap, oil, and a knife to try and separate the two. I have been unsuccessful so far. Does anyone have the magic solution to this odd and inconvenient problem?
Nita from Michigan
By yvonne (Guest Post)12/03/2006
I had two caseroles wedged together--the top one at an angle. Using suggestions from your website I filled the top casserole with ice, let it get cold, then placed both casseroles in hot water on the sink--the hot water just below the top of the bottom casserole. It wouldn't budge. Then my husband walked in with a wrench, used it as a lever, and POP, just like magic, they were separated.
Any advice on how to remove a dish that fell inside an aluminum pot? Would freezing or just cooling both cause them to shrink and separate?
By Guy (Guest Post)01/02/2005
Well just cool the dish that fell in and heat the aluminum pot that should separate them.
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By shasta braack10/13/2009
Thank you all for the ideas, my daughter and I tilted the pan and ran hot water over the bottom and eventually the plate slid right out :) Thanks everybody!
I stuck my steel plate in the aluminium vessel, now how do I remove it?
By Louise B.02/16/2014
Put ice on the steel plate; heat the outer vessel in hot running water. Outer aluminum vessel should expand enough to let you remove the cold steel plate.