TikTok user Kristyehmer was stunned to find all it takes is one everyday item to instantly simmer down some boiling water that is threatening to spill over a pan
A woman has been praised for sharing a simple yet effective cooking hack that stops a pan of water from boiling over.
TikTok star Kristy, @Kristyehmer, discovered the trick online and decided to share it with her followers, saying that it’s changed the way she cooks.
Her video proved popular on the social media platform and other users praised her for sharing the simple trick, as the Daily Star reports.
When the water starts to boil, Kristy drops an ice cube into the pan and it instantly lowers the temperature – preventing it from spilling over the side.
Believe it or not, there is a very good scientific explanation behind why the ice cube stopped the water from boiling over.
According to a thread on physics.stackexchange.com : “When you put a pot of water on the stove and turn the burner on, the heat source of the stove gets hot relatively fast, but the water takes a while to boil.
“For multiple reasons it takes a while for the water to heat up, or in other words for the heat of the burner to be transferred throughout the pot of water.
“When you add the ice cube to the boiling water, you very quickly cool off the boiling water which will cause the water to stop boiling. It will then take some time for the heat from the burner to heat the water back up to boiling.
“There’s a lot of caveats to take into account, for example, if you drop a small ice cube into a massive pot of boiling water, you’ll only cool of a small bit of the water near the surface, and maybe only at part of the surface, so you may not even notice the stopped boiling.”
On TikTok, Kirsty admitted that she could have just “turned the heat down”, but throwing in an ice cube was the “faster” solution.
Comments under the video also suggested a wooden spoon could be used for the same purpose.