Wooden Spoon


No, not the one ya momma used to whoop you with! I’m talking about the hack that showed up on the interwebs several years ago. I think this might be the oldest hack out there. Or maybe it’s just the first one I ever considered a hack. Either way, The theory is if you place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water it will not boil over the sides. If you have never tried this hack out then stick around to see what I found out. I was somewhat surprised by the results myself. So……………   Is this a Hack or is it Whack??


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When I first heard of this trick I did give it a shot. The problem is, I tried it several times…while cooking! Not the best time to perform an experiment. So I decided to give this thing a real shot. Not only did I try it out while not cooking a meal, I also tried a few variables and here is what I found…

Experiment Constants                                                    Variables 

  1. size of pot                                                                1. a wooden spoon
  2. type of pot (material made from)                              2. a plastic spoon
  3. 4 cups of water
  4. 1/2 cup of elbow macaroni noodles
  5. spoon placed before boiling began


Here is what it looked like…







Results:  This one is a Hack!

I boiled my elbow macaroni noodles for a total of 10 minutes. The spoons were placed over the pot before the water started to boil. I carefully stirred both pots occasionally to prevent the noodles from sticking to the bottom. The bubbles got close to the top several times. In fact the plastic spoon was covered in bubbles but to my surprise neither of them boiled over. Note: I would NOT recommend using a plastic spoon. I only used one for the purpose of the experiment.

After this experiment was over I got even more curious. I wondered what would happen if I placed the spoons over the pot AFTER the water had already started to boil. Would the end result be the same?

ResultsThis one is WHACK!

I started with fresh water and noodles. I waited for the water to start boiling before placing each spoon over the pot. I stirred occasionally. The difference this time was that the water got so high in both pots that I had to stir very carefully to avoid any sort of spillage. Even when I was not stirring though, the water covered the handle of both spoons. The pot with the plastic spoon spilled after 4 minutes or so and the pot with the wooden spoon spilled right around the ten-minute mark.



So there you have it ladies and gents. This hack only works with a wooden spoon placed over the pot before your water begins to boil. I doubt I will use it often, if ever but sometimes my curiosity is stronger than my logic. I guess if I am expecting company I could set a spoon across my pot to give myself time to answer the door as the guests arrive. PC and I don’t entertain often though. Oh well, it was still worth checking out in my opinion. Have you ever tried this? Did it turn out differently for you than it did for me? Let me know how in the comments section. If you enjoyed this post, it would be mighty kind of ya to share it on your social media sites. Thanks a bunch!

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