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Top-shelf storage may protect your best china from kitchen bustle, but it creates a hazard when pieces are pulled from their high perch. Prevent lids from falling off by fastening the tops with a length of waxed twine. Wrap twine in a figure-eight around both vessel handles and over the lid, and tie.

Comments (6)

Anonymous
February 13, 2012
Rubber bands work well!
Anonymous
January 29, 2011
Looks like you could just use dental floss.
Anonymous
January 28, 2011
I think Martha's idea is still the best. For over 45 years I also nested the cover however, it could slip off
Anonymous
January 28, 2011
Or, one could do as my mom and I have done for over 65 and 36 years, place the lid on the dish upside down. It nests and doesn't fall off.
Anonymous
January 28, 2011
I use large rubber bands to secure the lids to small appliances (rice cooker, crockpot) for secure storage. Hook the rubber band under one handle, twist around the lid handle to resemble the twine in the photo, and then hook under the other handle. Wrap the appliance cord as desired and tuck the plug under the rubber band. Easy, tidy, re-usable.
Anonymous
January 28, 2011
Also a good idea for earthquake potection! Rattling will be reduced when the earth shakes and thereby prevent a lid from leaping off and being damaged, or even small chips and hairline fractures from occuring. Sonic booms, nearby explosions (think gas line in San Bruno in Oct 2010) or other rattle-making events may create damage to these precious pieces even if you live nowhere near a fault line.