I learned on Facebook that if you put a wooden spoon over the top of a pot like this, it won't boil over:

That was supposed to be the end of this post, but then the pot boiled over! Of course, I didn't expect it, so I didn't get a picture. Curse you, Facebook, you've fooled me for the last time!

Excuse me; I have to go clean my stove.


  1. Nice to get the myth busted definitively, C_d. Good going! I've heard it too but hadn't tried it, so you've saved me a mess...

  2. Add a liitle oil. It breaks the surface tension of the water and it will not boil over. Really and truly. It's about physics, I swear. Nothing else will work, short of using a pot 16 times larger than necessary.

  3. It seemed like it overflowed a lot less with the wooden spoon, but it still boiled over. It just stopped boiling over more quickly with the spoon.

    This is steel cut oats. If I use oil in my oatmeal, then I will have greasy oatmeal. But, that is good advice for if I'm making pasta or something.

    As for oatmeal, I guess I'll just keep an eye on it!

  4. I suspect it wouldn't take much oil, just a drop or two. And it wouldn't be an issue with rice even if it was as much as a tablespoonful.

    I'll bet oatmeal with a little coconut oil in the water would be an interesting experience. Whaddya think?!