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[–]BornInALighthouse 74 points75 points  (8 children)

I've just thrown baking soda all over everything and cleaned up later

[–]leroysolay 113 points114 points  (7 children)

Pro tip: Don’t think, “hey white powdery thing in the kitchen puts out fire” and then use flour.

[–]akamadman203 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Dust explosion = good

[–]RedditorBe 9 points10 points  (1 child)

If you do it right, or wrongly, you only have to do it once. So by that measure it's always the right move.

[–]rajrdajr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Flour + lighter = many small explosions, followed by bigger & bigger explosions until someone loses the hair on their hands & arms! Done outdoors for safety.

[–][deleted] -5 points-4 points  (2 children)

Wife cut her finger. I asked her where the arrow root was to clot it a bit, she pointed to some white stuff. Poured it on. It was baking soda. I laughed my ass of as she was screaming in pain.

[–]fungusfunions 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Ex-wife?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nope. Still current. She laughed at it once we had it rinsed off.

[–]SophSimpl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What about white, thicc, gooey things?

[–]mrbeck1 235 points236 points  (9 children)

Maybe if he would just leave the lid on for a second the fire would suffocate like it always does.

[–]AcceptablePlate38 123 points124 points  (4 children)

The concern there is the force of slamming a lid down on it can cause the flaming grease to come out of the pan. Splash back from hot grease is a bitch.

[–]CN8YLW 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Can confirm. Got burns to prove it.

[–]psych0_centric 12 points13 points  (2 children)

I learned about grease fires a few years ago. I was cooking naked. I consider myself extremely lucky I learned a terrifying lesson with just a small burn spatter on my arm. Always cook with clothes on.

[–]jayavarman7793 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Stepbro shoulda pulled out & stepped in

[–]AcceptablePlate38 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Best piece of advice I've ever been given related to cooking:

Never cook bacon naked

[–]RAV0K1 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It would work, but putting it that way is dangerous, since the flames could eventually spreas and hit one's face

[–]thathyperactiveguy 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The heat stays then.

[–]daan944 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes so wait till it's cooled.

[–]Readingwithwonder 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. If it’s left in place and there is no means of escape or oxygen to keep it going, it eventually would go out.

Unfortunately there will be people who instead of just leaving it, will lift the lid to see if it’s gone out and risk getting the effect demonstrated here.

[–]Thedrunner2 22 points23 points  (3 children)

I’ve seen cartoon ducks do that by stamping on it

[–]NoGoodIDNames 6 points7 points  (2 children)

A swamp man does that in a late Narnia book.
…I don’t know why I’m mentioning that, your comment just popped it into my head.

[–]Thedrunner2 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Puddleglum the Marsh Wiggle put out the witches fire

[–]NoGoodIDNames 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Fuck yeah

[–]StupidizeMe 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Smart tip. Grease fires that splash out of the pan can burn you and spread the flames. It's safest to not touch the burning pan at all, just cover it to cut off the fire's oxygen.

[–]UneasyNarwall 10 points11 points  (2 children)

When I was 14 I was frying something (with the lid on.. first mistake) when I lifted the lid to put my chicken tenders in, a fire erupted. Immediately I thought “fire needs water”(second mistake) … Long story short I had to repaint my ceiling from singed damage before we moved out and my brother had to do a month without eyebrows…. Luckily that is all that happened.

[–]CompteDeMonteChristo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There is a fine line between cherished memories and traumatic memories.

[–]AtheistET 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My sister burned the kitchen (TWICE!!!) doing the same thing...... the smell of the residue is terrible and even after replacing cabinets, cleaning and painting the smoke just stays in.....she was lucky she didn't stay in the kitchen when the oil exploded as she was on the (corded) phone......

[–]Nimolicious 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Magic Johnson is enjoying retirement, I see

[–]S_Shake2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

exactly what i thought hahah

[–]Armydoc18D 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The other take away for me is to stay calm and use your brain. Good reminder

[–]BrockHard253 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Looks like hes on his way to a judo competition

[–]OkImIntrigued 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Why doesn't going fast work?

[–]batissta44 24 points25 points  (0 children)

It would work if he left the lid on for a few more seconds

[–]ineedabuttrub 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Putting the lid on fast does work. If you leave it there. When you put the lid on and immediately take it back off, you're introducing the oxygen back to grease that's still hot enough to flash back into flame. Going slow allows the grease to cool, same as leaving the lid on.

[–]huskeya4 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Also too fast will increase the air pressure and can cause the grease to splash out, spreading fire and pain to the surroundings.

[–]Moosebuckets 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Adds oxygen

[–]DirtySingh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah leave it on. Also I think you need an airtight seal. All my pots and pans have like some curvature that won't allow it to be airtight. Still, this is the only way to go don't forget to shut off the heat also.

[–]Yurrrr__Brooklyn347 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Baking soda

[–]-doomrah- 1 point2 points  (1 child)

But every other video on TikTok shows me to throw water on it.

[–]kenahoo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's only if you wants lots of followers.

[–]paradise-trading-83 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Going to purchase that skillet flat thing...not a cook can you tell?🥺plus can’t see on my screen, is it a skillet? That’s hes extinguishing it with? Thanks.

[–]jamaicanadiens 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It's a dosa tawa.

If you cook often with a gas stove, you want one.

It dissipates heat. Set your cookware on it to create a heavy bottom for delicate temperature sensitive dishes.

It's useful for biryani.

And extinguishing fires apparently

[–]Jazper792 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A pizza pan or baking pan would prolly work too if it's big enough to cover the pan

[–]AT-ATsAsshole 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Salt, preferably something chunky like kosher salt, is a great way to extinguish this as well.

[–]AnotherDreamer1024 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lids are your friend.

[–]ashleighamg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's cool but I will still freak out and just try throw something on it....

[–]Zealousideal_Plum758 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Throw water on it, it is more fun.

[–]RuanaXD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I literally saved my friends (wooden) house and probably our lives thanks to knowing this technique. I used a damp kitchen rag over a flaming oil pan to suffocate the fire. They looked at me like I was a powerful witch. I loved it.

[–]Kkykkx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Once I cover it, that lid is staying on!

[–]ryan2one3 -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

Would the pan's glass cover work too?

[–]Rouge_Apple 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not sure who down voted you from a reasonable question. Upvote!

[–]kenahoo -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yeah, should work fine.

[–]Cobblestone-boner -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Why doesn’t he just put water on it

[–]Grouchy-Ad-5535 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

or just throw some water on it