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Vent holes in pot/pan lids - net positive?

iyc_nyc | Oct 12, 201006:27 PM     39

Okay, so I have an esoteric question. Is it a net positive to have vent holes in one's cooking pan/pot lids, and what are all the pros and cons? I've noticed that the higher end cookware (e.g., All Clad) don't seem to have them.. but what do they know? :-)

As I see it:

PROS: allows steam to escape, which helps address boiling over/lid rattling issues, and also provides more visibility in the event of glass lids; allows the pan/pot to breathe even when stored with lid intact

CONS: doesn't allow one to completely seal the pot/pan in situations where it's needed (w/o taping over, etc.), whereas with the vent-less lids, you can always create a vent by sliding the lid open a tad, so it's a more flexible setup; allows dust/debris in when storing

Of course, you can also get lids that do both - - i.e., have a vent hole that you can slide a cover over - but I'm mostly interested in whether holes in general are net positive or negative as I shop for lids.

Many thanks as always!

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