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Old 01-13-2011, 08:29 PM
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Keep potatoes from boiling over!

I am sure you have experienced the nasty startchy water that boils over and messes up your stove/burner when you are boiling potatoes for mashed potatoes.....well no more!

I was at Target one day and a random woman in the kitchen tools department told me something that changed me forever! OK, maybe not that drastic, but I wanted to share it with you.

If you lay a wooden spoon across the top of the pot while you are cooking the potaotes, they WILL NOT boil over! It works! Try it and pass this wonderful knowledge on to others!!!
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:15 PM
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THat is so neat. I am soooo going to try it! Thanks!
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:24 PM
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Good to know! I always put olive oil in the water. It works, too. But then you have oil in the potatoes (which you don't always want). I'll have to try the spoon thing. It makes sense.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:31 PM
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Good to know! I always put olive oil in the water. It works, too. But then you have oil in the potatoes (which you don't always want). I'll have to try the spoon thing. It makes sense.
How does it make sense? Not being sarcastic...maybe I am just dumb! lol!
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I am a little unclear. Just a wooden spoon no lid or a lid with a wooden spoon. Me I just leave the lid ajar so the steam can escape. But this has made me curious
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:15 AM
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No lid, just a wooden spoon laid across the top of the pan. I know it sounds wierd, but it DOES work!
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How does it make sense? Not being sarcastic...maybe I am just dumb! lol!
If your pan starts boiling over, putting a wooden spoon into the pan immediately calms the bubbles, right? So if just contact with the wood calms them, then it stands to reason that if you lay the spoon across the top of the pan, when it started to bubble up and touched the spoon, it would calm... or at least stop there. And not boil over.
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Hmm I think potatoes are in order for dinner tonight lol.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:47 PM
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If your pan starts boiling over, putting a wooden spoon into the pan immediately calms the bubbles, right? So if just contact with the wood calms them, then it stands to reason that if you lay the spoon across the top of the pan, when it started to bubble up and touched the spoon, it would calm... or at least stop there. And not boil over.
Well...I didn't know that! thanks for sharing that tidbit!
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:27 AM
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Works to prevent pasta from boiling over, too.
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