I need help getting my pan lids to release their seal. Here's what happens:
1. I place lid on hot pot
2. Pot cools
3. Lid seals tightly to pot
4. I need pry bar to remove lid
They will NOT come off. I can't move them at all, not even to spin them a little. I can pick up the entire pot by the lid's loop handle.
So far, I've placed the pan back on the heat, then waited for the lid to release. Which it does, with a very loud *bang* that scares the shit out of me. It sounds like an explosion in the kitchen. I know it's just air pressure forcing the seal to break, but still, it's scary as hell. I'm afraid the lid will fly off the pan, possibly spewing the contents as it does.
The photo shows why they seal so tightly, the flat lip seals right to a pot rim.
Are there easier ways? I can't run it under hot water for fear of losing the lid (and contents) or getting water in the pot. What else should I try?