How to Make a Splatter Guard from a Sieve

A splatter guard is used when you're cooking food on the stovetop (hob) that is bound to spit and splatter everywhere. The guard prevents this from happening and spares a big messy clean-up, as well as protecting the cook from possible injury. There are splatter guards available on the market but you don't need to spend the money if you've already got a sieve. Here's how to use it.

Steps

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    Find your sieve. Check that it fits across the circumference of the pan or pot that you'll be frying the food in. It should be metallic or heatproof.
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    Fry or cook the food as usual.
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    Once the food begins to splatter, prepare the sieve guard. Place the sieve face down over the cooking food in the pan or pot.
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    Check that the handles of both the sieve and the saucepan or pot are facing away from you, toward the back of the stovetop. Rest the sieve handle on the pan's handle.
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    Leave until the cooking is complete. If you need to remove to stir or turn over the cooking food, take care to remove the pan from the heat first and stand back a bit. Replace when you've shifted the food.

Tips

  • You might be able to use a very fine colander in place of a sieve. Test a small cooking sample first.

Warnings

  • Always be careful when handling food that is hot, especially where hot fat is involved.
  • A metallic sieve is safest; unless the heat is very low, a plastic sieve risks melting.

Things You'll Need

  • Sieve (metallic)

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Categories: Cookware Hacks