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Old 02-24-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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Lid Technique

Say you're cooking something in a large pot with a lid, and it comes time to take the lid off. There is all that condensation on the inside of the lid. I mean, sure, you tilt the lid over the pot as you lift it so some of it runs down and back into the pot, but you never get all of it. Not even close.

So do you just set it down somewhere, and let it drip? What if the rest of the stove is full, do you use the counter? Or do you try to flip it over, handle down and condensation up, thus inevitably burning yourself because the knob is too small to let go of before the weight of the lid seesaws down onto your forearm?

What do you DO?
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:55 PM   #2
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I put the lid down. The counters are tools meant to be used. Sometimes it's neat to watch the heat from the lid heat up the air inside just enough to lift the lid so that it skates across the counter on a thin film of water. The kids think I am magic. They also wonder how I am able to fart when they pull my finger, but that's another thread for another time.

If the lid is really nasty, you can put it in the sink or on a towel.

The skating lid trick only works with my revere ware lids, not my counterfeit Le Creuset lids. That would have to be a hot lid.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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I put the lid on one of the rear burners that I'm not using. I can stand it up vertically because the grates of the burner act a bit like a drying rack for dishes. And it leans a little against the control panel on the back of the stove. The heat doesn't bother the stove top, and the clear condensation doesn't make a mess. And because it's vertical, it takes up no space.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:04 PM   #4
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I have a couple of sticks you could have.
You could spin the lids on sticks, like plates, as they do in the circus.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:39 PM   #5
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Wherever there's a space. I make such a mess when I'm cooking that nothing's going to make much of a difference anyway.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:42 PM   #6
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I cover the hotplates with metal hotplate cover thingies. These prevent oil splatter and other spills from getting on teh hotplates. The covers are MUCh easier to clean.

If I am using only one of the four hotplates, the other three have the covers on them, I can put the lid on these.

If I am using two hotplates, the covers sit on the benchtop and I can put hot lids on them.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:05 AM   #7
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:34 AM   #8
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I just put it in the sink.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:13 AM   #9
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:47 AM   #10
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My stove is a glasstop so there is generally room to leave it there, if not sink.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:34 AM   #11
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Handle down on the counter. I have a weird technique that I can't explain that keeps me from being burned. Almost a slow throw/slide motion.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:44 PM   #12
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Hell, why not a picture?
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:47 PM   #13
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Yeah, I do that too when the counter is cluttered. btw that is a clean stove
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:51 PM   #14
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I conveniently framed our most heavily used burner out of the shot.What you can see is clean.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:32 PM   #15
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