#TinyTipTues 25: How To Stop A Pot From Boiling Over

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Hey, look at me! I got a new Tiny Tip for you this week! I haven’t shared a real tip with you since we’ve been back from our hiatus, so it feels good to be getting back in the tip-sharing saddle! ūüėČ

This week’s tip is super easy, and super helpful. I came across it on Pinterest a few months ago, but never tried it until recently. I don’t know why I waited so long because it’s one of the most useful tips I’ve come across in so long!

Ok, you ready? Alright, to keep your pot of water from boiling over, simply place a wooden spoon across the top of the pot.¬†That’s it!

So, why does this work? Well, apparently the spoon helps to break the surface tension of the bubbles that form over the water, and it also helps absorb some of the heat, in turn preventing it from boiling over. A word of caution though: it won’t work if your pot of water is already full with too much water; in that case, it will still boil over…

Before learning about this, I would bring my water to a boil, then lower the heat about 1 or 2 notches to calm it down a little before letting it continue boiling for the required time. But now, I just lay a wooden spoon over the top, and voila! Perfectly contained boil every time!

When you first try it, the water will keep foaming/rising to the top, but once it touches the spoon, it magically stops (and sometimes lowers again), and never boils over.¬†Give it a shot next time you’re boiling water on the stove!

And before we move on to the party, I just want to remind you to check out my review and enter this week’s giveaway for a wonderful hard lotion gift pack from the wonderful people at MadeOn Skin Care Products! This stuff has changed my life and I want to share this amazing lotion with you! Check it out – contest ends this Friday, October 12th, 2012!

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The #1 Link:

Alzheimer's Disease is Caused By Diet
Alzheimer’s Disease is Caused By Diet by Small Footprint Family

Dawn from Small Footprint Family¬†shared an eye-opening article about the connection between diet and Alzheimer’s Disease. The latest research is showing that this disease is no different from heart disease and diabetes in that it may be preventable through diet and lifestyle. Every day, we’re learning what our ancestors always knew: that health and nutrition go hand in hand; that food is our medicine, and should be respected as such!

My Favorite Link:

Best Ever Homemade Chocolate Bonbons
Best Ever Homemade Chocolate Bonbons by Deep Roots at Home

Jacqueline from Deep Roots at Home¬†shared this very yummy-looking, super easy recipe for what she claims is the best ever homemade bonbon. With healthy ingredients like coconut oil and raw honey, I think I’m going to have to give her a run for her money and try these out this weekend!

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Sarah UmmYusuf is a former school teacher turned stay-at-home wife and mama with a passion for all things simple, natural, and homemade. She loves the natural world, and believes the solutions to many of the world’s ailments lie in nature. Her blog, , began as a way to document her family’s journey to a greener home, but has since become a thriving community and resource for those wishing to take small steps towards a more eco-friendly, natural and sustainable lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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  1. says

    I saw your tip on Pinterest too a few months ago and have found it works every time. I thought it was only for pasta though, so will try it on any boiling pan. Happy Tuesday!

  2. says

    I’m sharing the recipes I am made last week. There is an apple sauce using just apples. I plan to use it as baby food as well as adult food. http://foyupdate.blogspot.com/2012/10/sugar-free-apple-sauce-is-easy-and.html

    Also a recipe for Vegetarian Tempeh Indian Curry. This is in no way authentic, just a couple different recipes I mixed together inspired by friends. It’s perfect for these cool autumn days. http://foyupdate.blogspot.com/2010/02/vegetarian-tempeh-curry-indian-recipe.html
    Thanks for hosting!

    I hope you’ll share with us at our link party too! I co-host Eat Make Grow Thursdays.

    Stop on by if you get the chance:


    • Sarah says

      Thanks for linking up, Foy! Definitely hitting up that apple sauce post :) and thanks for the invite to your link party! I’m hopping over now and will add your party to my blog hops page also!

  3. says

    I used your tip for pots not boiling over—and it didn’t work for me! I wonder if it makes a different what you’re cooking. I was cooking porridge, so the water was starchy. Quite a mess. But plain water doesn’t boil over anyway, does it? Well, at least I remembered to try the tip! Sometimes you read so much you don’t remember to do any of it. :) There must be some conditions to remember with this tip–eg.maybe if your liquid is quite starchy it won’t work so turn the heat down instead. I will try it again with pasta with lots of water.

    • Sarah says

      Hey Natalia,

      After I posted this on Facebook a couple weeks ago, I did get mixed responses about whether or not it worked. We all agreed that it probably depends on a lot of factors, including the amount of water, the size and kind of pot being used, and possibly even the hardness/softness of your water. So sorry it didn’t work for you. Hopefully playing around with it will prove to work better. Would love to hear if it works better with pasta water!


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