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Old 06-04-2008, 03:53 PM   #1
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Taking lid off pasta and water pours all over

ok, is this normal? Is there some secret I should know about.

When I cook pasta and take the lid off (after just boiling the water) to check on it or to put the pasta in, the lid is so full of water and steam that it's hard not to get 'hot' water drippings all over the stove/counter or even me if I don't jump back and RUSH the lid somewhere.

I hope I'm explaining this correctly.

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Old 06-04-2008, 03:58 PM   #2
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You are explaining it perfectly! When you remove the lid use a towel and when you lift it, raise it perpendicular to the pot away from you (watch the steam on your arm - do it more to the side of the pan) so the water falls back into the pot. Did I explain that so you catch my drift?
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:59 PM   #3
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First, when you are removing a lid from any hot vessel, remove it with the back of the lid toward you so it protects you from any steam. Now, when removing the lid, lift it and move the "bottom" edge over the pan so the water/steam drains into the pan. Then turn the lid upside down. That's what I do and never get anything on my stove.
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I'm wondering why you would cover the pot when making pasta. Since pasta is supposed to be cooked with a continuous rolling boil, covering it will cause it to boil over. I have never covered the pot and don't know that I've ever seen anyone else do it. Is there a reason you do??
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I'm wondering why you would cover the pot when making pasta. Since pasta is supposed to be cooked with a continuous rolling boil, covering it will cause it to boil over. I have never covered the pot and don't know that I've ever seen anyone else do it. Is there a reason you do??
The only time I cover mine DQ is to get the water boiling. But you are right, I didn't even think of that - I never cover mine either.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:16 PM   #6
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yes its only to get it boiling
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I cover to get it boiling the 1st round, then just for a minute to get the heat back up quick after adding the pasta.....
unless I am pre-occupied then I have a foamy explosion.

Glass lids help alot.
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Open away from you like others have said and open slowly. Lift just an inch or so and hold it there for a second or two. Then slowly lift away and turn upside down.

I never cover my pasta either, but I think it was Alton Brown who actually advocated covering. He said you would only get boil overs if your pot was too small. If you use the correct size pot then it will never boil over. He said the reason he covers it is to get the water back to a rolling boil as fast as possible.
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They are glass lids. thanks for the suggestions.
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ok, is this normal? Is there some secret I should know about.

When I cook pasta and take the lid off (after just boiling the water) to check on it or to put the pasta in, the lid is so full of water and steam that it's hard not to get 'hot' water drippings all over the stove/counter or even me if I don't jump back and RUSH the lid somewhere.

I hope I'm explaining this correctly.
The only time I use a lid for pasta, is when I reheat. Start the heat on HI, when the water boils, bring it down to med-hi. As emeril would say, That's what those knobs are for. (Or something like that.) Use a large enough pot for the amount of dry pasta you're cooking, & don't over fill it. Stir a few times during cooking. Drain, & there you have it.
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