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It is probably one of the coolest things ever, and it minimizes some of my cooking mess (which is always a plus) If you are boiling a pot of water (for example: when cooking pasta), place a wooden spoon across the top to keep the water from boiling over.
Incredible Kitchen Trick – Keep Water from Boiling Over... You just have to keep the wooden spoon sitting on top of the pot so make sure that you get a spoon that has a relatively long handle. Then, Voila! No more messy boil overs to deal with.
Simple Tricks that Make You Look Smart - well, I'm not sure how smart they will make you look, but there are some good tips in here :)