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Stacked Pyrex stuck

pyrofemme Feb 21, 2007 09:26 AM

I have two 2-cup/1pt Pyrex measuring cups that were stacked on top of each other and now are stuck together. I've tried canola oil and soaking in soapy water but it's been a week now. Any suggestions before I toss them?

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  1. xnyorkr RE: pyrofemme Feb 21, 2007 09:27 AM

    I wonder if you heated them, or ran the bottom one under hot water, would they come apart.

    1. rosielucchesini RE: pyrofemme Feb 21, 2007 09:32 AM

      This dilemma was just addressed in the latest issue of Cooks Illustrated. According to the reader 'tips' section, fill the inner bowl with ice water and it should come out. Good luck!

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        pyrofemme RE: rosielucchesini Feb 21, 2007 09:36 AM

        Thanks, I'll try the ice. I've been telling my husband we should try putting them in the freezer to see if that helps but we were afraid they would explode.

        And yet another reason why I NEED a subscription to Cooks Illustrated.

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          Buckethead RE: pyrofemme Feb 21, 2007 01:37 PM

          Putting them both in the freezer wouldn't help. Heat causes matter to expand, cold causes it to contract. By raising the temperature of the cup on the bottom, or lowering the temperature of the one on the top (or both simultaneously), they should come apart.

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        jcanncuk RE: pyrofemme Feb 23, 2007 02:29 PM

        I would stick the bottom in hot water and put ice/icewater in the top on. The bottom will expand and the top one contract...

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          pyrofemme RE: jcanncuk Feb 28, 2007 09:46 AM

          That is exactly what I did. It worked like magic, in under 2 minutes!

          Thanks for the suggestions.

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            marksmithurbana RE: jcanncuk Jun 30, 2011 08:36 PM

            Worked for me, also! Took 8 minutes.

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