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What causes this film in milk to rise so suddenly (and overflow the pot)?

Normally, as steam bubbles emerge from the milk, they quickly burst, well below the pot's rim. However, if a film forms, the milk bubbles are trapped between this skin and milk. As these bubbles grow in number, they push the skin upward until eventually the skin and some of the bubbles may overflow the pot.

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07:43:31 on 01/13/08 by Webmaster - Questions and Answers -