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Sealed pot lid

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I was cooking a stew for a couple of hours on low heat. When it was done, I turned the stove off and went to do something else. The lid on the pot is now sealed (this is not a pressure cooker)! I cannot get the lid off and don't know what to do! This is a large, wide cuisinart stainless steel cooking pot.

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Heat the pot again -- the positive pressure inside will break the seal and allow the lid to come off.

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Sam is correct. The cookware you are using is made for steaming rather than boiling method of cooking. when you turn off the heat the steam condenses back into water which creates a vacuum, because the water takes up less room than the steam. This is the same process that happens when canning fruits or vegetables.
when you turn the heat back on you create the positive pressure in the pot and the lid can be easily opened again.

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