Wednesday, April 21, 2010


So, yesterday I spent the whole day in the kitchen baking bread; 2 loaves of whole wheat and 6 loaves of French Baguette.  As you may or may not know - French Baguette needs a container of water cooking underneath it for part of the bake time.  I have this glazed earthenware casserole dish that I have been using for this purpose.

I bake 3 loaves at a time.  The first batch went off without a hitch.  But, then...

when the beeper when off signaling me to remove the pot of water from the oven...

I grabbed my pot holders, opened the oven door, clasped the casserole dish by the handles, lifted it up, and...

this happened:

Look closer:

The whole side just lifted right off - pouring steaming hot water all over my oven door, which in turn, spilled all over my floor.  Buuuummmmmmer!

I was shocked.  I couldn't even articulate what had just happened.  But hearing my moans of horror - my big, strappin', helpful husband hopped up and came to my rescue.  I love that man!  At least it was just water - albeit, scalding water.  I choose to look at it as an opportunity to sanitize my kitchen tile! :0) 

I have NO idea what caused this dish to snap like that - I'm just thankful it happened before I had it up in the air.  I'm sure there would have been burns involved at that point.

Have you had any kitchen (or other) mishaps lately?

Happy Homemaking!


Anonymous said...

It wouldn't be Corel would it? I am so glad you are ok. I mean really, really glad. :)

Becky said...

Man, that could have caused a serious burn...sooo glad it didn't! Yay for hero husbands!

Once, as a kid, I made the mistake of pouring a semi-thawed frozen juice concentrate into my mom's ancient glass pitcher straight out of the dishwasher (still hot). I was left holding the handle only and OJ concentrate and glass shards dripping all over the cabinets and floor.

In my pottery classes in college, we learned that after firing pots you have to let them cool sloooowly (in the kiln for about 24 hours or so) so that they don't crack when exposed to the much cooler air outside the kiln. Some pottery glazes develop fissures (microscopic cracks) when heated then exposed to cool air.

It's strange, because it is usually a case of cool air or liquid meeting hot glass or ceramic that causes this...but I've never had any problems pouring piping hot foods into room temperature glass dishes. Go figure.