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Right now I'm cooking. In a reasonable size stock pot is a
big jumble of stock, chicken, wine vegetables and a few
herbs. It'll probably be very nice in a couple of hours
the sauce has reduced and the vegetables are nice and
Now, in order to keep this pot simmering away gently
need number 2 on the rather irritatingly non-linear scale
controlling the gas. BUT, if I turn it down do 1.887 ish,
simmering stops. Because the equilibrium between
gain from the gas and energy loss from the pot is
at a temperature below that required for a satisfactory
"just leave it at 2" you may scream, in anguish. But "NO"
cry, there was probably someone in a cave telling Ug not
bang the rocks together, and even the Luddites agree
guy was a Luddite. So, I put a lovely folded fluffy tea
on top. NOW simmering could be sustained at 1.887
EUREKA! A gas saving!
So, to capitalize upon this, a series of flame retardant
circles the size of all the pot/pan lids should be supplied
with pots/pans at purchase. Then everyone can get a
confused and lose them.
||A cosy for use while cooking may be original enough
||" I tell you Mabel her pot lid cosies were filthy. I don't think she ever washes the darn things. Useful as they are some people should not be allowed to own them. Did you hear about... "
||Alternatively, a double-walled lid may provide similar
function with fewer components.
||I do, however, demand more sophisticated steam
handling be incorporated. It's a failing of every lid I've
encountered. I recommend a small tube&ball system
to more accurately estimate steam efflux rate.