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Tip of the Day – Don’t Boil Over Water

how to prevent water from boiling over, boil

Ok- You know we have all done it.  Turned your back for one minute on your pot of water or what have you, and you all the sudden here that, “Phishizzzzzzz” sizzling on your stove top.   You rush to grab some mits and pull the pot off, dinner is all over the place, your measurements are now off. Ughhh…  I hate when I boil over water!

Well, for me anyway, I will admit happens all the time.  Someone or something is always pulling me away from my cooking.  So one day, I remembered this “myth” I heard a long time ago.  I don’t know where I heard it or read it at this point anymore, but my daughter and I decided to put it to the test.

Fact or Fiction?  If you place a wooden spoon over your pot, it will not boil over water. 

how to prevent water from boiling over, boil

We had heard once that if you place a wooden spoon over your pot when boiling, it will not boil over.  We tested this theory quite a few times and I was pleasantly surprised.  The water boils up right to the top of the pot and touches the spoon, but it DID NOT boil over!

Now only once, I was boiling a soup broth in a very full pot and this did not work.  I couldn’t seem to get the pot down to a simmer for nothing that day so I’m thinking that was more of a fluke.

Let me remind you, this may be a useful tip, but by no means does that mean you should leave your boiling pot unattended.  It is just an added insurance for me that if I am washing dishes with my back to the pot, it is less likely to be an issue 😉

Happy Cooking!

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Tracy Iseminger

Tracy is a busy mother to 2 girls, 3 dogs, 5 cats, and 17 chickens! Her adventures in cooking led her to create Daily Dish Magazine. She has a passion for pairing food with travel and wine. She is Marketing Director at Crimson Vine Marketing, Social Media Specialist at Cougar Digital Marketing, and a Dental Hygienist in her spare time... but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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1 Comment

  1. Squizz says:

    This isn’t true and anyone who believes it is a moron.

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