Like pairs of socks, cooking pans and their lids can seem to be forever being separated. The newly-launched Onelid, however, is designed be used with any pan up to 22 cm (8.66 in) wide. It also has an integrated strainer, reduces boiling over and stays cool to touch.
One of the key features of the Onelid is its convex underside, which allows it to work with pans of different sizes and creates a seal with the pan's rim. It also ensures that moisture on its underside drips back into the pan.
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The Onelid's has rows of grooves that run from one edge to the other, right across its underside. These have the dual purpose of allowing "just the right amount" of steam to be released so as to reduce the chances of over boiling. They also act as a strainer for foodstuffs like pasta or potatoes, though grains like rice and pulses such as lentils will still require the use of a separate strainer to avoid ending up in the sink.
The plate of the Onelid is made of silicone with a nylon core, which not only helps to keep it cool, but also eliminates the sound of metal-on-metal and makes it quiet to use. The large handle is made of ABS plastic.
The use of these materials mean that the Onelid is not recommended for use on gas hobs, as they could be melted by the flames. It is suitable for use on electric, ceramic and induction hobs, however, and is dishwasher-safe.
A Kickstarter campaign is underway for the Onelid. At the time of writing, backers can pledge from US$30 for a single Onelid. Assuming all goes to plan with the campaign and roll-out, shipping is expected to start in February 2016.
The Kickstarter pitch video can be seen below.