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Dec 22, 2004 03:21 PM

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

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

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      Reared on Home Cookin

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