After a busy day of births, I hurry to sterilize the instruments and a new cord clamp. We only have three sets so I have to set my mind to it first thing after a birth. I wash them and then look for a source of heat - charcoal, propane or electric depending on the day. The other morning I set them to boiling and imagine my surprise when I came down and the breakfast spaghetti was in with the scissors and clamps. I fished the instruments out and wrapped them up, determining it was still boiling water so it is okay.
However, I did not eat the spaghetti served that morning for breakfast !