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Boil Buoy for Boomer Cooks

Updated on June 25, 2014
Boil Buoy- the Prototype
Boil Buoy- the Prototype

Daily Granny Gram: Boil Buoy for Boomer Cooks

Ever gotten so involved in a social network on the internet that you forgot about the pot of water you put on to make some pasta? Worried about your aging mom doing that and maybe burning herself when she attempts to rescue the burnt-out pot? Well, the beauty of being part of the huge Boomer generation is that we drive the gadget market (items developed for our convenience and enhanced and/or 'assisted' living)-- we are the patrons, the muses, perhaps. And very happily, there are amazing inventions pouring out into the marketplace daily that meet our needs for security, comfort, health and wellbeing, and even relationship satisfaction.

An innovative gadget, Boil Buoy is a little food-grade stainless steel, bobbing apparatus that you drop into a pot of water and when it boils the buoy chimes to let you know that you need to attend to the pot NOW. The principle is related to the urgent scream of the whistling kettle or the car alarm. No more burned out pots. No more toxic fumes from burned out pots.

The Boil Buoy was an invention chosen by the Quirky company for study, design development and market promotion. If you have an invention that you would like to run by them, check out the link above. Maybe you are sitting on your own little rendition of "boil buoy". The "next generation" of this handy little device is much smaller with a few more bells and whistles. It is still in the design and development stages as this is being written.

Lay a wooden spoon across the opening of the pot and prevent starches from boiling over.
Lay a wooden spoon across the opening of the pot and prevent starches from boiling over.

And To Keep The Pot From Boiling Over...

If you are looking for an way to keep your pot from boiling over, boil buoy doesn't promise that (it's job is to keep your pot from boiling dry) but if you are cooking starchy dishes and want something to prevent that gooey, gummy, smelly, messy boil-over, try putting a wooden spoon across the opening of your pot. It really does work! Of course, you can't put a lid on, but you can do a pretty good pre-cook and rousing boil; then turn the burner down when you put the lid on.

Boil Buoy Makes A Great Gift

When I first wrote this article Boil Buoy was available only through the parent company (Quirky). Now there are quite a few places where it can be purchased on the web. It strikes me that it would be a very good Mother's Day gift-- not the PRIMARY gift (that is, something not quite so useful and suggestive of suspicions of onset of dementia) but that little extra "joke-y" gift that will actually probably be the most useful gift received.

Boil Buoy: We've Been Waiting


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      Cynthia 3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Thank you, FlourishAnyway, for dropping into this lonely little hub and commenting. Your mom and I have that computer-oops thing in common. So far no one has bought a BoilBuoy for me so I guess the occasional reconstruction of the kitchen is not such a big deal after all.


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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This looks like a very helpful device. My mother has been known to get very wrapped up in her computer work and oops ... . The spoon idea is helpful, too.

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      Cynthia 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      yikes! so boil buoy sounds like it is potentially a life-saver, or at least, a kitchen saver... thanks for sharing ed!

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      ed 7 years ago

      yes, I know someone who was busy on the computer and as a result a fire started in the kitchen so this can be a disaster preventer