There I was in the kitchen making yogurt, one pot on the stove heating the milk, the other pot on the stove just starting to get the water warm for the water bath and . . . why does it smell like something is burning? Ah, perhaps because of the FLAMES COMING FROM THE STOVE?
Yup, that'd be why.
There was something pooled under the back burner that had caught on fire. I didn't know exactly what it was, but some kind of grease was a safe bet. So I lifted the pot of water off the flaming burner, being very careful not to get the potholders near the flames, and then dumped about a cup of baking soda over the flames.
Those industrial-sized bags of baking soda from BJ's certainly are handy in cases of fiery yogurt making.
It was actually all very calm and unhurried, probably because there were no children in the kitchen with me at the time.
And then! I came thiiiiiis close to boiling over the milk when I was trying to clean up the baking soda mess. Whee!
I managed to get my yogurt in the cooler with no further mishaps.
Just remember, kids: Smokey Kristin says, only you can keep grease fires from becoming raging conflagrations.