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Physics geeks, engineers, and/or cooks: Will this lid ever come off?

Asked by nikipedia (27922points) August 27th, 2011

I was making making israeli couscous tonight, and added frozen stock after toasting it for a few minutes. The stock was frozen solid, so I put a lid on the pan to help it melt faster.

A few minutes later, I tried to take the lid off to check its progress.

The lid won’t come off.

It is now cooling in the sink, but still won’t budge. Should I put it back on the stove? Throw it in the garbage? What is happening?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Back to the stove. It cooled too much.

ragingloli's avatar

You could try forcing a knife in the gap and force it open.

nikipedia's avatar

@ragingloli, tried. No luck. Back on the stove.

jrpowell's avatar

You are pretty enough that you should never need to make dinner. I’m drunk and need sleep.

nikipedia's avatar

Are you gonna make me dinner, drunky?

The lid came off with a big POP! Couscous is salvageable.

wundayatta's avatar

Your pot is too new and everything fits too tightly. Go to a flea market and buy an old battered pot. You’ll never have that problem again.

nikipedia's avatar

You would think, w. I inherited this pot from a guy I dated three years ago and I’ve made eggs in it probably 500 times.

Cruiser's avatar

Order take out!

crisw's avatar

My pressure cooker manual suggests lubricating the lid and pot rims with petroleum jelly to ensure it doesn’t happen again :>)

MajorDisappointment's avatar

Try taking the lid off tomorrow. Last resort, drill or make a small nail hole in the lid
to release the vacuum.

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