You may have already heard this and wondered whether or not it works. Well, a wooden spoon placed across the top of the pan does prevent starchy foods, such as potatoes and noodles, from boiling over, for a time anyway. You know how the smell of something boiling over takes over the kitchen? It totally wipes out the smells of all the other good foods, so I avoid it as much as possible. When I’m in the kitchen, I’m usually distracted with preparing something else while the potatoes or noodles cook.
Using a spoon across the top of the pan does buy enough time for me to reduce the heat without a mess. This is one of those tips that’s now became a habit. I still have to keep an eye on the pan, just not as close as before.
Now, I never boil anything without a spoon. It works!
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