Stove Top Trick

I have seen this pin FOREVER on Pinterest and have always wondered if it really worked.  I love tips that help cut down on work, clean-up and effort in the kitchen.

Does this trick really work? Check it out at to see if it does!

For example, years ago I saw a tip where a gal separated her silverware when she loaded the dishwasher.  She put all of her spoons in one section, all of her forks in another section, etc.  Then when the dishwasher was ready to be emptied, she would just grab a whole section of spoons and put them away super quick.  Brilliant, right?

So I was very excited to try this out since it seems like I can NEVER boil something without it boiling over!    And then I have this watery mess to clean up all over the top of my stove.  It sure would cut down on some clean-up work, if I could master boiling without the mess.

Enter this trick to put a wood spoon on the top of your pot which is supposed to stop your water from boiling over.

So did it work?


Unfortunately it did not.  I even tried it twice.  Once with chicken and once with some pasta.


Both times.


So although I would love to report that this worked fabulously,  unfortunately This Pin Flopped!

But don’t worry, it wasn’t a wasted night.  When I cleaned this dinner up, I put all of my silverware in separate sections in the dishwasher!



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  1. My trick is that when I put my items in the pot after I bring to a boil (noodles, potatoes, etc.) I simply turn the stove down a bit. It continues to boil and cook in the same amount of time without the spillage and works every time unless there is milk in the mixture (the packaged pasta boxes).

    • Hi Robin, I think I may have to try turning the heat down a little as you suggested. That will be worth not having to clean my stove! Thanks for the heads up! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  2. Hello, I also doubted this ‘trick’ but it absolutely works – provided- you don’t put the water to the top. The wood absorbs the extra heat.

    • Hi Suzanne! Well we’ve had mixed reviews on this. Some people agree that it doesn’t work and others swear by it! I promise that I didn’t fill my pot too full. Pinky swear! But I am going to try it again. Thanks for sharing! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  3. I too have tried the Wooden Spoon trick and it worked amazingly for me with Pasta. Is your wooden spoon treated wood? It won’t work if it has a coating on it.

    • Hi Jess! No it’s not treated. It’s bamboo. And I didn’t fill my pot too full. Pinky swear! Will be trying this again though. Thanks for stopping by! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  4. I just use a very tall pot (deep soup pot or even one for crab legs) because it needs room to boil.

  5. I love this tip. It has worked for me with many different pots.

  6. Hi – I regularly get sucked into this website, but have never posted before. For this I had to though. I am a sucker for gadgets – and most of them are space sucks that don’t work… BUT, I found one that completely solves the boil over problem, which is good because, believe me, I forget and let stuff boil over all the time. :) It is the
    Kuhn Rikon Spill Stopper – comes in diff sizes but I just got a pretty big one and it works on small pots too. Hope it helps. Here’s one place:

    • Hi Kathy!! You are my newest favorite person!! I LOVED your comment. I just checked out the Spill Stopper and it’s brilliant. Definitely going to get one! Promise me to come back again okay? You are an Awesome Possum! Thanks! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  7. So weird! It works for me. But I can’t tell you why it did for me and not for you. It does make the spoon really hot though..

    • Hi Michelle! Well the vote is that it works for most people but I have had people also report that it didn’t work for them. My wood spoon is bamboo so I’m wondering if that had anything to do with it? Thanks so much for stopping by! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  8. I too tried the wooden spoon trick multiple times and failed miserably! I used to separate the utensils by section in the dishwasher until my mom started yelling at me– apparently the spoons tend to “nest” into each other when done like this. I still think it’s a good idea, but I always have my mom’s voice in the back of my head telling me not to!

    • Oh! I am so glad to hear that I’m not the only one that this didn’t work for! And hmmm….never thought about the spoons nestling. Do you put them spoon up or down? I put the spoon part up so that the food and water slides down and doesn’t stay on the eating part. Isn’t that funny how we get into a habit of doing things! Thanks so much for stopping by. Sure enjoyed your comment! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  9. Had to share this. When you put the pot of water on the stove, as it starts to heat, take a pat pf butter on a fork and run it around an inch or so above the water level. I swear that when it starts to boil the water, or whatever’s in that pot, it will not go above that greased line! I put the line pretty high for pasta to give it lots of room to swell, or if the dish calls for olive oil you can run a ring around using a basting bursh or dip a paper towel in the oil and use that.

  10. evitafjord says:

    One of my dishwasher manuals said not to put like silverware items together and I can’t get past it. I’m super picky about them NOT being together and will angle them all kinds of ways to stop it from happening. I put mine in eating part up too. Even so I will sometimes find spoons and especially butter knives (mine are very flat) nested together. I’m not the only one who loads the dishwasher though ;-)

    I clicked through to this link based on the picture – hoping it was a super easy way to clean the glass top stove after the pasta boils over. I’ll have to find a good cleaning method and then try the wooden spoon trick :-)

    • Hi Evita! Now you’ve got me on a mission to find a glass stove cleaning method! So glad you stopped by! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  11. My cousin just told me about your website today – love it, since I’m pinning things all the time. I thought I’d share with you what I use to stop my pots from boiling over. I bought a gadget from pampered chef that looks like the top of a tin can (couldn’t find the picture on their website, so they may not carry it anymore). I put it in the water after it boils when I put my pasta in the water and it NEVER boils over. In fact at one point, my mother-in-law thought it was the top of a tin can and put it in the recycle bin and I didn’t find out until after the recycle bin got picked up so I used the top of the tomato paste can until I could buy another one. The only reason I don’t like using the top of the tomato paste can on a regular basis is because of the sharp edges.

    • Hi Sue! I LOVE Pampered Chef and have a ton of their stuff but have never seen this. However, I do have a dear friend who is a PC consultant so guess who is getting an email from me today? Thanks so much for the heads up! Deb – The Oldest Sister

      • evitafjord says:

        Maybe it was a fluke, but I just got new pans that seem to fix it. They are tapered in at the top and when I made noodles the other day, the bubbles got close to the top but then it just made a mountain in the middle and never went over. Further testing is needed, but it was pretty cool and fun to watch.

  12. I learned a great trick from my mom and doubted her and tried it myself and it worked…before you boil your water put a little ring of butter around the top of the pot and the water never boils over it. I am not sure why it works but it does. You might want to give it a try.

    • Paula, great minds think alike! I just heard about that and tried it with making some fudge on Christmas and it worked wonderfully!! Next I need to try it with boiling pasta and chicken. That’s when I have the most trouble! Thanks for sharing! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  13. The wooden spoon trick works for me only if I put the wooden spoon in the water, not across the top of the pot.

    • hmmm…boiling some chicken later today and will try that. I did try the butter that another reader suggested and it worked pretty well! Deb – The Oldest Sister

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