Maybe I should contact Chef Gordon Ramsay. I'm sure he'd like to include this kitchen tool in his 'advice to the home cook'. Yes, that's a clamp holding the roaster shut. There's an identical device on the opposite side. Inside is a roasting chicken We buy chickens from Joshua who comes around selling them from the local Hutterite Colony. We buy 15 or so for the winter and they are more flavourful than their grocery chain cousins. However, we have to freeze them and when they thaw sometimes their legs stick up and push the lid from the roaster. Then the chicken "dry roasts." Not what we want. Hence, the clamp. These two were bought especially to hold the lid down.
Hubby asks, "Will we be able to get the clamp off? It'll expand once it heats up."
I'm supposed to know this? "I ask him if the metals on the clamp and the 'screw' have the same coefficient of expansion? As in, are they made of the same metal?"
He says, "No." And after thinking adds, "Well, if we let it cool for ten minutes it'll contract; we should be able to undo it."
Notice all the 'yous'. It wasn't my idea to clamp the lid onto the roaster.
You can't make this sh-t up.
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