Keep potatoes from boiling over!

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  1. heartsathome

    heartsathome New Member

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    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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    Dragonflygirl New Member

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    THat is so neat. I am soooo going to try it! Thanks!
     
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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.
     
  5. heartsathome

    heartsathome New Member

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    How does it make sense? Not being sarcastic...maybe I am just dumb! lol!
     
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    northernmomma New Member

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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 :)
     
  7. heartsathome

    heartsathome New Member

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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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    Actressdancer New Member

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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.
     
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    Hmm I think potatoes are in order for dinner tonight lol.
     
  10. heartsathome

    heartsathome New Member

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    Well...I didn't know that! thanks for sharing that tidbit! :D
     
  11. eyeofthestorm

    eyeofthestorm Active Member

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    Works to prevent pasta from boiling over, too.
     
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    I am thrilled to hear this little trick! I am bad to let potatoes boil over and I hate the mess it makes. Thanks for sharing. I will try this one out for sure!
     
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    heartsathome New Member

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    It doesn't work for pasta for me! Thought it would, but mine boiled over! :confused:
     
  14. ReResMom

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    My husband's grandmother taught me to put about a half a teaspoon of butter in the center of the water when it starts to boil and it works too. Gotta love these wise elder cooks.
     

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