Charles Viancin Watermelon Overboil Ring

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Why It's Cool: Stops water from boiling over...and looks good doing it

Each year we go to the International Housewares Show in Chicago. It’s a total kid-in-a candy-store experience where all the vendors show off their latest and greatest hot new kitchen stuff. And then we spend the rest of the year putting this stuff through their paces, to choose only the best to bring to you as Cool Tools!

About a year ago we saw ‘new’ tools intended to stop your pot from boiling over. We didn’t pay much attention because they were sort of ho-hum, although, truth be told, we have certainly had our share of boil overs. But this year one of our favorite vendors, Charles Viancin, offered a new “Overboil Ring” that was beautiful, as well as potentially useful, so we knew we had to test it out!

Fade out, fade in... we had some friends over for lunch and were making an Asian noodle salad.  We filled the pot a little too full of salted water, and, while we were talking in the kitchen, I noticed that the pot was just about to boil over. Perfect! That momentary overboil frenzy created an opportunity for a spontaneous test of the Overboil Ring. And it worked like a charm. We threw it onto the pot, and the overboil calmed down immediately, like it had taken a Valium, while the boil remained! Not sure about the physics, or the how? or why? … but it definitely worked!

We’ve  tested it some more since then, and now we use it every time we cook a small pot of pasta. As an added benefit, this lovely melon sitting on your pot acts like a giant funnel, so you have a much larger area in which to dump whatever it is you are putting into your pot. And used over a pot or bowl with an immersion blender, it becomes a beautiful splatter shield.

It cleans up in the dishwasher and stores simply in your stack of pots or lids.

So our surprise, this is really is another great piece of functional design - and another thing of beauty from Charles Viancin: definitely a Cool Too!


  • FDA Food Grade Silicone
  • BPA-free
  • Patent Pending Design
  • 12" in diameter
  • Anti-spillshield prevents food or liquid from splashing outside the pot
  • Central opening allows you to stir food without worrying about spills
  • Raised edges prevents liquids from boiling over on the stovetop
  • Acts as a giant funnel into your pot
  • For use with temperatures ranging from -40°F (-40°C) to 428°F (220°C)
  • Dishwasher Safe
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