Saturday, September 13, 2008

Kitchen Tip

Whenever boiling potatoes, it seemed that the pot always boiled over no matter how we tried to prevent it . . . until discovering this simple tip: simply put a little slice of butter into the pot! Rather easy, isn't it?!

Since we began doing this, we have not had any pots/pans of potatoes boil over (that I can remember anyway! :), which has been nice! (We have also used this trick when boiling other foods and for the most part, it seems to work rather well.)

Do you have any simple kitchen tips that you would like to share? If so, I would love to hear!


  1. Thanks for the kitchen tip, Sarah! I'll have to remember that the next time I boil potatoes.

    I can't think of any kitchen tips right now, except that I love my kitchen shears! I use them every day for various tasks (cutting meat, cutting up food for the children, cutting the ends off of green beans, etc.).

    I was wondering if I could ask you a quilting question. :) Do you use your machine to do the quilting on your quilts? What I'm trying to figure out is if I need to get a walking foot attachment. I have a quilting book that says you need that for machine quilting but I wish I didn't need one!

    Thanks for any help you (or any other readers) can offer me! :)

    I also wanted to say that I love the pictures of you and Leah in the kitchen with your cute aprons!

  2. That's amazing, Sarah! How does it work? What makes it do that? What's so special about butter? You've got my curiosity aroused. :) (Of course, the fact that I boil over almost everything I boil has nothing at all to do with it!) [wink*]

  3. Thank you for sharing about the many uses of kitchen shears, Joy! I have never used them for cutting up meat before, but I believe I will give it a try! :)

    Yes, I use my machine to quilt some of the quilts that I make, and I have always used a walking foot (my machine came with one.) From everything that I understand about quilting, I believe that you need either a walking foot or a free-motion quilting foot to machine quilt. (The latter being used for tight curves, etc.) It would be nice if you could get by without one, but I am not sure if it would work or not.

    I am glad that you enjoyed the photos! :)

  4. I do not know, Amber! To the first two questions at least. :) To the third, I believe that it has something to do with the substance of the butter . . . that is, that it is oily. I read somewhere that regular cooking oil works in place of butter, but I have not tried that one yet. I am sorry that I cannot fully satisfy your curiosity!

  5. I tried this yesterday Sarah, and it worked great! We had no foam whatsoever which was a first!

    Other tips... there are two that come to mind and I'm sure that you know one of them! We add a little canola oil when boiling spaghetti(sp?) noodles which help keep the noodles from sticking together in clumps. Also, when it comes to getting shortening out of the can I put a sandwhich baggie over my hand to make clean-up easier!

  6. Wow! I never knew that. Thought it was just my pots! Ha! Thanks for the tip.


  7. Interesting. I don't think I have had trouble with potatoes boiling over, but if I do, I will try this.

    Maria Pauline

  8. Thanks for the tip, Sarah - I never would have thought to try it! :)

    I always put a few grains of rice in my salt shaker to absorb the moisture, preventing the salt from caking.

    I also put salt in boiling water when cooking pasta, so that the pasta does not stick together or to the bottom of the pot.

  9. I am glad that it worked for you, Ashley!

    Thank you for sharing both of those tips! The first I had read before, but then had forgotten . . . I will be sure to put it into practice now. :) The second I had not heard of, and will be giving it a try. Shortening is one ingredient that I do not especially enjoy measuring out! So anything to make it easier would be appreciated! ;)

  10. You’re welcome, Rebecca! No, you are certainly not alone in having pots/pans boil over! ;)

  11. That would be nice to not have a problem with potatoes boiling over, Maria! If you do ever end up using the ‘butter trick’, I hope that it works well for you. :)

  12. It was good to hear from you again, Natasha! :)

    Thank you for sharing those tips . . . I will be trying both of them!

  13. When we cook beans, I always put a teaspoonful of oil in the water to help control frothing; I wonder whether it helps contain the boiling as well. Maybe I should try it when we next cook rice too...

    I just wish that there was something to prevent apples from boiling over when you stew them; they always do that in our house.

    Though it may always be a case of a too small pan...


  14. Thank you for sharing that tip, Anna! I will be sure to try this next time I cook beans and also the next time I cook rice, too!

    Having never stewed apples before, I would not have any suggestions of how to keep them from boiling over. Though, I know from experience that too small of a pan can have quite an affect! ;)

  15. I went from boiling potatoes to steaming them. This uses less water and seems to keep the flavour quite well. The draining is much easier, too - no need to lift and tilt a heavy and steaming pot, just lift the basket out by its handles - the water stays behind in the pot. I have to admit I accepted this mechanical steaming pot rather reluctantly into my household, regarding it as surplus to requirements, but I seem to steam most vegetables now.

  16. That is a great idea, Annez! Thank you for sharing. :)


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