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Jun 14, 2014 06:04 PM

Unsticking stuck dishes

Somehow a cute little tempered glass set-up or sauce bowl got stuck in an equally cute small mug. Neither are costly, but they are among my favourite dishes. (Pretty much impossible to find coffee or tea mugs that aren't grotesquely large in North America, these days). The wee bowl is tempered glass; the mug is porcelain. I tried pouring in a bit of oil. I can flip the wee bowl any way, but I can't ease it out.

Any ideas?

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  1. I would put some ice in the wee bowl, and wrap a warm towel around the small mug.

    The thermal reactions should give you enough space to pop it out.

    1. It must be inverted when applying the temperature differential, or the bowl on the inside will settle deeper and get more seriosly stuck. Try putting ice in a baggie of the right amount to fill the inside bowl, and invert the assembly over it. Room temperature might be sufficient for the outside mug.

      1. If you can wiggle the tip of a thin knife in between the two, that should break the suction.

        5 Replies
        1. re: babette feasts

          More likely that would break one or the other of the bowls.

            1. re: Bigjim68

              or worse, the tip of the knife.

              ask me why I know this. :)

              1. re: sunshine842

                Bummer. It's worked for me, otherwise I wouldn't have suggested it.

            2. A bar trick for stuck pint glasses, is gently tapping the outside glass on wood. This may work and I want to specify gently and on wood. I've tried it on granite and it will fracture one of the glasses.

                1. re: Kris in Beijing

                  No, I'm an antiquity without a portable phone (though I'll give in soon) or camera. I could do a drawing, but would have to upload it.