I made this drop lid from a piece of wood left from the construction of our tiny house lab. Let me present it to you…
A multisized lid
In this piece of wood, I cut a circle the size of our medium-sized pan.
It is a large lid for our small pans…
…and a small lid for our large pans.
A lid smaller than the pan, that rests directly on food, is used to simmer food in Japan. It is called ‘drop lid’ in English, and otoshi buta in Japanese. I like it as it reduces the volume that we need to heat up.
A multisize lid, that’s the 1st function of this lid.
To hold the lid without burning myself, I made a handle.
A safe and handy handle, that’s the 2nd function.
A lid that stands
Nice! But don’t you sometimes find yourself holding an oily lid that you don’t know where to put? I always make everything dirty with oily lids. I designed the handle so that it could also be used as a kind of foot. As it is symmetrical, one can always put it straight on the counter, whether one holds it with the left hand or the right hand.
A lid that can stand, that’s the 3rd function.
A spoon holder
Usually, though, there is a moment when I want to stir. I take the lid off, I stir, I put the lid back. Then, I find myself holding an oily spoon. Where to put it? I put it anywhere and, again, I make everything dirty. I needed some kind of minimalist spoon holder, so I integrated it into the handle.
I made an integrated spoon holder, that’s the 4th function.
A spoon holder that stands
And, wait. Sometimes, I take the lid off, but I don’t want to use the spoon right away. I want to add ingredients with both my hands. For instance, holding a chopping board with one hand, pushing the vegetable into the pan with my other hand. Hence, I needed another spoon holder.
A standing-mode spoon holder, that’s the 5th function.
And that’s it, it makes for a wonderful handy minimalist drop lid, doesn’t it?
But what about the 4 other functions?
I have to say, I discovered these 4 bonus functions by chance when I was using the lid.
A food display stand
While I was cooking this big green grain-free cookie, I realized the lid could nicely hold food when put upside-down.
A food display stand, that’s the 6th function.
A chopping board?
After cutting my pancake directly on the lid, I wondered if it could be used to chop vegetables. But it didn’t really work, it was not stable enough. Hence, chopping board is not the 7th function.
When this lid is put upside-down, a normal person could also see it as an old-style trivet, convenient when my bamboo trivet is not available.
A trivet, that’s the actual 7th function.
A tiny stool!
An abnormal person, though, would see a beautiful mini-stool. Super convenient for picnics in the wild!
A tiny wood stool is the weird 8th function, but it is not the weirdest.
The 9th function: a unique-looking replacement hat.
And here is the deep teaching of this story: Although multifunctionality is great, it might have some limits…
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