One of my boys nested two smooth, tall glasses together last night while clearing the dinner table. The top glass became good and stuck inside the bottom glass. These were two of the glasses that I bought from Goodwill recently to make the Roasted Cherry & Sage Cocktail, and I really like them.

I spent some time researching methods of unsticking glassware this morning. The method I came across most frequently was fairly simple.

  1. Fill a bowl full of hot (but not boiling) water.
  2. Fill the top glass that is stuck with ice and water.
  3. Put the two glasses into the bowl of hot water.
  4. After a few minutes, twist the two glasses and they should come apart.
Apparently, this trick is supposed to make the bottom glass expand and the top glass contract so they’ll separate.

It worked for America’s Test Kitchen, so I hoped it would work for me. It didn’t. My glasses stayed stuck. I put the glasses back in for longer – 10 minutes. They were still stuck.

Maybe it was just my particular glasses. They had nested together fairly tightly and there wasn’t too much of a difference between the circumference of the bottom of the glass and the top. It looks like in most of the successful videos, the glasses were smooth, but the tops of the glasses were significantly wider than the bottoms of the glasses.

I’m not ready to call this method fiction because I saw it work for people in videos, and I particularly trust that America’s Test Kitchens wouldn’t fake a video. But I am ready to say that this method doesn’t work for all glasses.

The glasses that I had stuck were rather thin, and I became concerned that if I kept attempting to separate them, one or both might break in my hand. I didn’t want to leave them around for my boys to try to attempt to pull them apart for the same reason. So I decided to take the loss and throw them in the recycling bin.

When the glasses hit the bottom of the bin, the bottom glass broke, but the top glass stayed intact. In the end, I was able to salvage one of the stuck glasses, but I can’t guarantee anyone else would get the same results.

Have you ever successfully separated two nested glasses that were stuck? How did you do it?

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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