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