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What is the purpose of the hole in the lid of a pot?

lecreuset Dec 22, 2004 03:21 PM


  1. t
    the food guy Dec 22, 2004 03:28 PM

    It is a vacuum release. Without it, you can't remove a tight fitting lid while it is hot.

    1. r
      Reared on Home Cookin Dec 22, 2004 04:46 PM

      Probably not what you are seeing? but I include it for completeness: the big pots that you get for deep frying turkeys have a hole so you can stick a thermometer through so you can heat the oil appropriately with the big bunsen burner.

      1. e
        Evan Dec 23, 2004 02:03 AM

        to allow steam to escape. Otherwise the expanding steam can either rattle the lid or knock it off the pot completely.

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