Removing a Lid Stuck on a Pan

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Sometimes a vacuum will be created inside your covered pot. If this happens you may be unable to remove the lid. This is a page about removing a lid stuck on a pan.


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October 13, 2015

My boyfriend was making burgers and wanted to melt cheese on top of one with a bun covering it. To melt the cheese faster, he put a glass lid over the burger and the steam sucked it into the pan and then it was stuck. I did a Google search for help without much luck. I left the pan in the fridge for a few days, took it out today and decided to hit the side of the pan against the concrete. The lid came out instantly! Try this instead of other methods and you'll get your pan back in record time!

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September 3, 2012

While cooking sausages in an iron pan, I put an aluminum lid on the pan. The lid is stuck on the pan now. I tried cooling the pan, which released pressure, but the lid is still stuck.


How do I remove lid?

By mtm


September 5, 20121 found this helpful

Sometimes a very thin paring knife tip will release the pressure inside. You could also put it in the freezer. Things tend to shrink up in there and the lid, being aluminum will freeze faster than the cast iron. Good luck!

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September 6, 20127 found this helpful

Heat the pan again and quickly remove the lid. If you have to, put a cold, wet cloth on the lid. The heat should expand the bottom (the pan) and the lid should lift out. Don't leave it while the pan is heating. If you wait for the lid to get hot, you'll still have the same problem. Start testing the lift as soon as you start heating the pan and continue until it comes off.

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December 24, 20151 found this helpful

This helped. Thank you!

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May 17, 20161 found this helpful

Thank you, worked great success!

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June 29, 20164 found this helpful

Heat the pan on a hob, and turn the pan upside down over a sink and keep hitting with a hard object e.g rolling pin. Repeat this process.

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October 2, 20161 found this helpful

This worked, thank you!

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February 14, 20171 found this helpful

It worked thank you. It popped up and scared me but it worked

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April 18, 20170 found this helpful

this worked

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