So you think boiling water is just filling a pan and putting it on top a heat source? Do you microwave your water? There is more to it than that!
If this is your idea of boiling 2 cups of water you are not alone. Find out all the ways and terms below.
Boiling water is very easy to do, but it is crucial to many meals, such as cooking rice and Pasta.
Choose a pot that is large enough to hold the amount of water you want to boil, and has a lid that fits.
You might be tempted to use water that’s already warm or hot from the tap, but this water has been sitting in your pipes for some time, getting stale. Use cold water if you are going to drink it or cook with it.
Do not fill the pot all the way up. Keep in mind that anything you add to the boiling water will increase the volume, and plus – you will need to allow room for those bubbles to do their thing. Without enough room in the pot, for example, rice or pasta will boil over.
Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat to high. If you want to speed up the process, put a cover on it
Check for steam escaping from under the lid, then lift the lid carefully to see how the water is doing.
There are 4 stages to boiling water:
In the early stages when the heat is still relatively low you get a slow simmer. There’s very little activity in the pot. Very tiny bubbles are forming on the bottom of the pot. You will see steam starting to come off the top of the water and maybe the odd bubble or two starting to release into the water.
This is the step where heat is transitioning from low to medium. There’s less bubbles on the bottom of the pot and more releasing into the water as gentle bubbling.
Rapid Simmer changes from medium to medium high heat now. There’s more aggressive bubbling in the water but the bubbles are still relatively small.
You are at high heat now. There’s lots of big bubbles rolling over across the entire surface of the pot. It’s recommended to boil the water at this stage for one minute before it is considered safe to consume during a boil water advisory.
Be sure to follow your recipes to obtain the correct type of boil you need. The types of boil are actually measurements just like dry and liquid measurements. I hope you found something new in this tutorial!
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