Opening a stubborn jar lid sometimes takes more than a little muscle. Break the vacuum seal by overturning it in a pie plate filled with hot water. After 30 seconds or so, the heat should break the seal and the lid will unscrew easily. (Watch our video tip for more handy jar-opening tips.)
Grease can often splatter on the stovetop and burners when cooking, resulting in an unpleasant cleanup job. To make your life easier, position inverted aluminum pie plates over the unused burners. The pie plates can be wiped clean and used again.
Grilled pizza is delicious, but often the crust starts to burn on the bottom before the toppings are hot. To fix this problem, invert (using tongs) a disposable aluminum pie plate over the pizza. The plate traps heat and creates an oven-like effect.
Here’s an easy way to prevent simmering sauces from splattering onto the stovetop. Take an aluminum pie plate and poke at least a dozen holes in it with a skewer. When the plate is placed over the pot, the holes allow the steam—not the splatters—to escape.
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