Friday, March 1, 2013

Kitchen Tips - The Pot That Never Boils Over

How many times have you started cooking noodles or anything in boiling water, walked away, then only moments later hear the sizzling sound of a pot boiling over?  You rush over to find that it is too late and you have one big mess to clean up. Ugh!

The Solution (and I do this EVERY time):

When you boil anything in water, place a wooden spoon on top of the pot.  When the starches from the food start to build up and rise to the top, they will start to go back down again once they hit the wooden spoon!

Wooden Spoon Prevents Pot From Boiling Over!

How & Why This Works:

When starches start to build up and form bubbles, they tend to stick together and form larger bubbles.  The steam builds up inside of these bubbles and they keep expanding.  If there is an object in the way, the bubbles have an obstacle.  Some of the bubbles are popped simply by touching the spoon and the rest are forced to create smaller bubbles (because the spoon is in the way), thus leaving a pot that never boils over!

After the pot comes to a boil and looks like it will boil over, after about 2-3 minutes of touching the spoon, the bubbles will start to dissipate. 

Try it!  I never believed it until I actually tried it.  Now every time I want to cook noodles for my kids, you bet that wooden spoon is on top of the pot.

Pot After 2-3 Minutes of Cooking - Bubbles Dissipate

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing, what a great cooking trick!