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Why does putting a wooden spoon over a pot of water keep it from boiling over?

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I don't agree with what you are saying; from experience, a pot of water boil over, when there is a lid on it or when the heat is very high. The wooden spoon over the pot will not keep from boiling over; may be when you put the wooden spoon over the pot, you did not put the pot lid to cover and the smoke of the pot is free to flow on the air.

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No I just put the wooden spoon over the pot of boiling water. YOU DON'T PUT THE LID ON AT ALL!! The water will not boil over just with a wooden spoon....
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Lihem is a troll or an idiot, I'll go for troll. Actually, Trolls ARE idiots, so its a lose lose for Lihem.
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The wood in the spoon helps "suck in " the heat

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The wooden spoon breaks the surface tension of the bubbles and prevents heat build up by absorbing the heat, preventing boil over. However, if the pot/pan has too much water in the first place it may be tough but if the ratio is descent it will work.

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Yes, it worked for me! I am making chicken soup & I needed to bring the water that covers the chicken & vegetables to boil at med-high. I put the wood spoon on top of the pot in the middle (making chicken soup at this point does not require you to use the pot cover). There was no run over neither did I have to remove any skin foam.

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