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Stuck Improvised Double Boiler

annimal Jan 6, 2007 01:55 PM


I was melting chocolate in a stainless bowl over a pot of water, and now the bowl is stuck in the pot!! How do I get it out??? I tried water, dumping oil in the crack, dish soap.... Does anyone have an idea??


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  1. yayadave RE: annimal Jan 6, 2007 02:12 PM

    Try ice water in the top and heat the bottom.

    1. RShea78 RE: annimal Jan 6, 2007 06:14 PM

      More than likely you created a vacuum on cool down. Reverse the procedure by slowly heating it back up. It should release unless it really got locked into place.


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        toodie jane RE: RShea78 Jan 8, 2007 03:35 PM

        LOL! this happens to me all the time when using my waterless cooking saucepans. Have to turn the heat back on to get the lid to come off. Can literally lift pot off stove by picking up the lid handle. Takes a micro-second of heat to do the trick.

        1. re: RShea78
          misopnu RE: RShea78 Oct 3, 2007 06:23 PM

          omigosh! just a little bit of heat unlocked the lid instantly!! I had tried a screwdriver, a bottle opener, etc to no avail. Thank you!

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          annimal RE: annimal Jan 8, 2007 04:46 PM

          Well, I've tried everything and it hasn't come unstuck yet! :( I froze the whole thing, put ice water in the top and heated the bottom, heated the whole thing... It's still stuck. I'm goign to go get a rubber mallet from my dad and try to dislodge it like that. Other than that, I might just have a permanent double boiler. I wonder if that water in the pan will ever evaporate off.

          1. jfood RE: annimal Jan 8, 2007 04:48 PM

            Whoa before the mallet.

            You have a vacuum so you need to get some air into it. If you have a little eyeglass screw driver try inserting it carefully between the layers to get some air into it.

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              annimal RE: jfood Jan 8, 2007 05:23 PM

              I really don't think it's just a vacuum. There's no way I'd be able to get anything in between the layers. I think it's just completely stuck and I'm going to have to call it a loss soon.

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              Rick RE: annimal Jan 8, 2007 05:26 PM

              Mallet doesn't sound like a bad idea to me! A few knocks on the rim of the bowl will hopefully take care of it.

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                misopnu RE: annimal Oct 3, 2007 06:25 PM

                Heating the pan worked perfectly!

                1. sheilal RE: annimal Oct 5, 2007 08:16 AM

                  Try squirting some WD-40 between the two using that tiny straw nozzle that comes with the can. I had this same thing happen to me and it worked like a charm. Spray it all the way around and try to twist the pans in opposite directions.

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