Prevent Boiling Over

17 Sep

pinned there

I had a pin on my Tips & Tricks board that I decided to put to the test while cooking dinner Saturday night. The pin said if you leave a wooden spoon laying across your pot of boiling water, the water wouldn’t boil over. I am willing to try  anything that claims to help prevent boiling over. That is my nemesis with stove cooking. I turn my back for one second (or fifty) and the darn thing is spilling everywhere. As I stood at the stove Saturday, this “tip” came to mind and I grabbed a camera.  

Water Boil Over

Closer and closer the water rose to the top of the pot. I nervously watched keeping my hand close to the handle in case there was need for last minute retreat from the idea. It got close enough that I could snap this photo


… and then it boiled over. BAH! Complete fail.

So how do I prevent boiling over? There is a special pot you can by that is “self stirring” that claims to prevent boiling over. There is also a silicon insert you can get to put on top of your pot. Both can be pricey though, and home remedies are always more fun to try. Do you have any tips to prevent water from boiling over?? 

4 Responses to “Prevent Boiling Over”

  1. Teresa Vanselow September 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I had a couple of drops of cooking oil into the water to keep it from boiling over.

    • Mandy September 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      When cooking pasta, I add vegetable oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together but it still boils over. Maybe I’m not adding enough oil? I’ll have to play with this idea a little bit! Thanks! 🙂

  2. Brenda September 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Sometimes mine boils over if it gets too hot. When I turn down the fire it doesn’t boil over. I’mnot sure that would work on an electric stove though.

    • Mandy September 20, 2012 at 6:36 am #

      Yeah, my electric stove has to be turned down to avoid boiling over- but then it doesn’t boil lol!! I end up standing there watching it, playing with the knob to get it hot enough to be a rolling boil and then turn it down when the bubbles start to foam. I need to find the happy medium is what I need to do! lol 😉 Maybe I’m just impatient and I need to leave it at medium heat. Maybe eventually it will boil, even if not at the speed I want it to.

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