How to Stop a Pot from Boiling Over – Tip on Tuesday

how to keep a pot from boiling over

I believe the realization of what it takes to keep a pot from boiling over might be one of my all time favorite kitchen tips! Did you know…..placing a wooden spoon on top of your pot is the secret to keeping the water where it belongs?? I learned this a few years ago and I can not tell you what a lifesaver it has been.

I am the queen of multi-tasking and can count on my fingers (and well…toes) how may times I’ve gone on to another part of dinner preparation and not kept my eye on the pot. Friends, I’m only trying to follow the number one rule of cooking….a watched pot never boils!

However, after much research and data collection, I think I have a revision…

boils over

Okay, so back to the remedy. It is true a basic wooden spoon is now your very best friend as you boil water those spaghetti noodles tonight! Simple lay it across the top & no matter how feisty that water gets….it will stay where it belongs! In.the.pot.

how to stop a pot from boiling over

So, after writing this post, I am thinking of starting a new series where I can share all of the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. Everything from cooking and crafting to cleaning and beauty! You can find me every most Tuesdays right here sharing them with you! And I would love to have you join in the fun! If you have a tip to share email me at laurabeth{at}astepinthejourney{dot}com and I’ll post about it, and of course send the credit right back to you!

**Disclosure (so I don’t get in trouble): Just because you now have a wooden spoon on top of your boiling pot does not mean you should have your kiddos too close; accidents can still happen. Be smart.

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  1. Hi – I have tried this on several occasions and it did not work for me. Not sure why

  2. What a great tip! I had no idea! I have boiled over my pot way to many times, with a smooth top stove it is the worst!
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  3. Great tip, thanks for sharing.
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  4. Amazing! Thanks for the tip!

  5. Genius! I always make a complete mess!
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  6. Seriously? Oh my gosh this is amazing. Who knew? Thank you for sharing this handy little tip. I’m pinning this for sure!
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  7. Great tip, I used to drop a stainless steel spoon in but this works so much better!
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  8. I love this tip! I’m a pro at making huge boiling-over kitchen messes :)
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  9. :) I like the disclosure! Yep, that wooden pot trick is a doozy!! Love!
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  10. Bishopsmate says:

    How apt is that! I boiled some milk up yesterdayam – cannot remember the last time I did this – and yes! it boiled over and I had all the yukkie wiping up and lost half my milk………… will have to try this tomo.
    Thank you for the tip

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