Live in Sharon, MA - Friday afternoon I was busy making a pot of dumplings to go in the soup for dinner. It's not something I do very often. The last time was more than a year ago. My kids were really looking forward to them. The dumplings were cooking in an 8-quart pot of boiling water. I needed to move them from the front burner to the back. I lifted the pot and reached back to place it on the back burner. Just before I put it down the whole pot of dumplings suddenly started to spill out. Fortunately, the angle at which the pot spilled was away from me and over the back of the island stove top.
This was not a case of the cook being clumsy and dropping the pot. What happened is that the screw holding one of the handles came off. The entire handle just fell off, causing the heavy pot to fall.
The handle on this pot had been a bit wobbly for some time. I kept thinking I would fix it. It never occurred to me that it could detach the way it did. I was extremely lucky that the handle did not give way at the moment I first picked it up. It would have burned me very badly and probably would have required a trip to the hospital. Equally fortunate was the fact that my daughter, who had been standing on the back side of the island, was not in the room at the moment.
Here's what I learned: If you have a pot handle that needs to be tightened, do it immediately. If you have a pot handle that cannot be fixed, throw it out. If the handle is old, the material it's made out of may be brittle and could crack when you try to tighten the screw. Get rid of it. Nothing is worth the potential injury that can occur from a handle separating while you are carrying something hot.
I immediately gathered my children and told them this important safety lesson.
I wanted to pass this on to you so you can have in mind something that may protect you or someone in your family from an accident that can be easily prevented.