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😈😨😭 Nothing is more annoying than when two cooking bowls are stuck together. To loosen the bowls, place the bottom one in hot water and fill the top one with ice. The bowls will loosen and you will be able to easily unstick them. If that doesn’t work, apply a bit of oil to the inner rim of the bottom cooking bowl. The oil will help you slide the two cooking bowls apart.
Method 1Method 1 of 2:Using Cooking Oil
- 1Pour a bit of oil into the seal between the bowls. Dampen a paper towel with a bit of cooking oil. Wipe the point of contact between the top and bottom bowls. Carefully pull or twist the stuck cooking bowls apart.XResearch source
- You could use olive oil, vegetable oil, or any other cooking oil to unstick the cooking bowls.
- 2Spray the point of contact between the two bowls. If you don’t have any liquid cooking oil on hand, or if you’ve found that the oil is ineffective, you could use an oil-based spray. Just spray the point of contact between the two bowls with a light coating of cooking spray.XResearch source
- Carefully pull or twist the cooking bowls apart.
- 3Wait for the oil to trickle between the bowls. Whether you’ve used an oil spray or liquid cooking oil, sometimes the oil won’t be effective immediately. If, after pulling or twisting the bowls apart, they are still stuck, wait about 20-30 seconds. This will give the oil time to work its way between the two cooking bowls that are stuck together.XResearch source
- If necessary, apply or spray another coat of cooking oil to loosen them.
Method 2Method 2 of 2:Using Hot Water and Ice
- 1Fill your sink with hot water. Place the stopper in the bottom of the sink. Sit your stuck pots in the sink. Turn the hot water faucet on. Wait for the sink to fill and do not let any water get in the upper pot.XResearch source
- 2Place a handful of ice cubes in the upper pot. Wait five to 10 minutes. The difference in temperature will cause the top pot to contract in size and the bottom pot to enlarge slightly in size, thereby making it easier for you to unstick them.XResearch source
- 3Twist the pots in opposite directions. For instance, you could choose to twist the bottom pot counterclockwise while twisting the top pot clockwise, or vice versa. Don a pair of rubber dishwashing gloves in order to improve your grip.XResearch source
- QuestionI am trying to separate two smaller Pyrex bowls and tried ice but it did not work. What should I do?Community AnswerUse any kind of oil or butter. if it's butter, heat it up in the microwave. Once you get the bowls apart, wash them.
- QuestionI have a glass bowl stuck in a stainless steel pan. How do I get them unstuck?Community AnswerPut the pan in hot water and fill the bowl with cold water. The metal should expand enough for you to get the bowl out.
- QuestionHow do I separate two stainless steel bowls stuck together?Community AnswerFirst, soak the outer bowl in hot water, so that it expands. If it does not work, try putting the rim of the inner bowl in cold water so it contracts.
- QuestionTwo of my ceramic bowls are stuck (the little one is stuck in the big one). I've tried the ice and the hot water method I didn't really work. What else can I do?Community AnswerTry some olive oil and try to pry it open. If that does not work, then put soap and water into the bigger bowl and let it sit for 24 hours.
- QuestionHow do I separate two stucked microwave safe glass bowlsCommunity AnswerTry some olive oil, drizzle some in and try to pry it open. If that does not work, then put soap and water into the bigger bowl and let it sit for 24 hours.
- QuestionHow can I separate a ceramic bowl stuck within a Pyrex bowl?Community AnswerUse some olive oil; squirt around the bowls and try to pry them apart. If that does not work, then put soap and warm water into the bigger bowl. Set aside and let sit for 24 hours. When the time is finished, gently pry apart.
- QuestionHow do I separate 3 storage bowls that are stuck inside of each other?Community AnswerTry putting them in the freezer. Cold tends to unstick items as it may have swelled up a bit and the cold brings the molecules closer together.
- QuestionI have one aluminum bowl and one stainless steel bowl stuck, what to do?Community AnswerTry pouring some oil in between the bowls. It will reduce the friction between them and you will probably able to separate them with a small pull and easing side to side as best as you can.
- QuestionI have a ceramic bowl stuck inside a pyrex bowl. I tried the hot water and ice method and applied WD40 around the rim. Not working. The rim of the bowl inside I cannot grab a hold of it. Help!Community AnswerIt's worth trying this: Cup the Pyrex bowl in your hands and curl your fingers over the top. If they reach the inner ceramic bowl, press your fingers outward on the inside of the ceramic bowl, hands are on opposing sides. Keep on a constant pressure and see if the bowl will gradually budge. Note that the heat from your hands may be helping to expand the Pyrex bowl.
- QuestionIf you have one bowl firmly wedged into another, how are you supposed to get hot water into the lower bowl ?Community AnswerStick the bowl into a water bath, perhaps using your sink and pouring in water from a boiling kettle.
- Before storing your cooking bowls inside one another, lay a napkin or paper towel over the rim of the lower one. This will prevent sticking in the future.XResearch source
- If dealing with cups or small bowls, just turn them upside down and run them under hot water.
- Always be gentle when pulling apart glass or ceramic cooking bowls.
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To separate 2 cooking bowls that are stuck together, all you’ll need is some water and ice. First, fill your sink with hot water, making sure none gets in the top bowl. Place some ice cubes in the top bowl and wait for 10 minutes. The difference in temperature will cause the top bowl to contract, which will allow you to pull it off. You can also try separating the bowls with cooking oil. Just put a few drops of cooking oil in the crack between the bowls. Wait about 30 seconds so the oil can drip through the crack, then gently twist the bowls in opposite directions to pull them apart. For tips on how to use an oil spray to separate your cooking bowls, keep reading!
Reader Success Stories
- "Fabulous! I was very worried I'd lose both bowls. One was a nice Pyrex and the other a non replaceable Polish soup bowl. The hot water on the outside and ice on the inside sat for a minute or two or three and then I used a butter knife for a gentle nudge and they came apart! Thank you so much!"..." more