Household Tips on Pinterest Tested: Spoon to Prevent Boiling Over

spoon to stop boiling over trick

Household Tips & Tricks from Pinterest has been my little project here on Inspired by Familia!  I am always up for a shortcut but only if it works.  If you’ve been keeping up with this series this is the 3rd Tip I have tested. I started with:

Sticky Gunk Remover (label printable included)

Wrinkle Remover Spray

Today I am sharing the spoon over the pot to prevent boiling over.  Does it really work? I have heard and read this lots on the internet and finally was curious enough to try it.

The test: Boiling pasta

Verdict: Not a single spill.  It may seem like it’s about to spill over b/c it’s getting all bubbly and stuff but it doesn’t.

UPDATE: 5/16 – After posting this many readers have shared it didn’t work for them.  Honestly, I don’t know what the trick is and why it worked for me and not them.

So I will share my experience but know that it didn’t work for some people. It doesn’t matter if you use a metal or wooden spoon but common sense would tell you don’t use a metal spoon. Hmmm, if you really want to know how I discovered this, keep reading.

So you may think I am an idiot after this confession but I thought it had to be a wooden spoon because their was some kind of chemical thing going on with the wood and boiling water. I thought this because I always saw you must use a wooden spoon. But I did try it with a metal spoon and it works just the same the only thing is that is you won’t want to touch it after it’s been sitting over a boiling pot because you may burn yourself hence the reason it says USE A WOODEN SPOON.  So it was for practical reasons like you might burn your fingers by touching a hot metal spoon, ha, ha, ha. Yes, I can laugh at myself and no I am not offended that you’re laughing at me, too.

Enjoy! Next in line for testing is Revitalizing my Cookie Sheets does this trick I found really work. Stay tune or

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4 Responses to “Household Tips on Pinterest Tested: Spoon to Prevent Boiling Over”

  1. Rachel
    June 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    I’m wondering if it has to do with the surface area of the spoon. If you notice, the spoon / spatula in this picture is over the pot on both ends where it is thicker. Perhaps using a wooden ruler / half of a yard stick would work as well? The bubbles are popping up against the surface of it to keep it from spilling over?

    • June 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      Rachel, I wonder. I will have to try it with a wider and thinner spoon. Great observation.

  2. caleroMom
    April 10, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    Hi! I tried it, and worked like magic! I just discovered your page and I’m loving it. 🙂

    • Inspired by Family Mag
      April 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Hi CaleroMom, So glad you’re enjoying our blog! Glad it worked! ~mari

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