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Was making hard boiled eggs, and put the cover on the pot and let it sit for 10 minutes. Now the lid is stuck. Help? Is it going to explode?

Water was boiling when I put on the lid, then turned off the heat.

asked by Brette Warshaw almost 5 years ago

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mrslarkin
added almost 5 years ago

i think once the water cools the seal will loosen. but i could be totally wrong, and you should have 911 on speed dial.

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Maedl
Maedl

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added almost 5 years ago

I don’t think anything will explode. I would let it sit until the pot is cool, though. If the lid isn’t loose by then, at least you won’t burn yourself when you pry the lid off.

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healthierkitchen
added almost 5 years ago

this might sound crazy but what about running the pot under lukewarm or cool water? Might release the seal? What ended up happening?

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Pegeen
Pegeen

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added almost 5 years ago

Assuming you took the pot off the heat before this... just set the pot in the sink and run cold water over the lid and pot, which will make the metal contract (shrink) and loosen the top.

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ChefJune
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added almost 5 years ago

Brette: for future reference, the pot doesn't need a lid for the 10-minute sit.

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luvcookbooks
luvcookbooks

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added almost 5 years ago

Hi, agree with Mrs. Larkin. The seal will loosen as it cools. June, I didn't realize that I didn't neeed to leave the cover on while the hard boiled eggs sit. Thanks!

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