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From: Bobk (c-67-174-125-230.client.comcast.net)
Subject: Re: Kuhn or Farberware
Date: July 12, 2004 at 6:31 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Kuhn or Farberware posted by Bobk on July 11, 2004 at 8:22 am:

You will have to decide whether or not you have damaged your pot. Examine the base and see if it is still flat. Examine the edge where
the base is welded to the pot to see if there is any separation of the
base from the body of the pot. If there is a bulge in the bottom or a separation of base from the body of the pot you have damaged it, if not you most likely have not. Examine the interior of the pot for bulges also.

Personally I doubt that you would have damaged the pot. The heat is not that extreme and even though you may have charred food in the pot,
heat will be conducted to the remaining moisture to provide a cooling
and heat is not applied very long either.

In addition to visually examining flatness of the base you can test it
by placing the pot on a flat surface such as a clean counter top and attempting to rock it back and forth in several directions. Make sure the base of the pot is clean also. If there is no rocking the base is probably flat. Any motion would be very small so you would have to be very sensitive to it. If there is motion keep track of the direction, rotate the pot a quarter turn and see if the pot still rocks in the same direction, relative to the pot not the counter top, it did before rotating. If it does you may have a bulge that you should be able to see visually.

By the way should you ever boil a pot dry and leave it on an electric burner and discover it, don't immediately put water into it to cool it.
Leave it on the burner and turn the burner off and let the pot cool naturally. If you attempt to cool it by putting it under a running faucet or throwing a bunch of water into it a very hot pot will most likely be warped by the sudden temmperature change. The slow cooling will not further damage the pot. The natural instinct is to immediately cool the pot however, that can be very damaging. These remarks do not apply to any non
stick coatings.
sudden temperature change.



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