Cooking either in boiling water, or by heating the food until boiling

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Stopping water from bubbling over when cooking rice

Every time I cook brown rice (in a traditional pot, or in my new rice cooker), large bubbles form and spill over the sides. How can I prevent this? I found this question, but wasn't able to draw ...
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How to know potato is done boiling without poking it to check softness?

I can never get potatoes boiled just right, they're either over or undercooked. When I think they could be about done, I poke one or two with a knife but then that one splits and cooks faster than ...
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How long is homemade spiced apple cider good for in a sealed Mason canning jar?

I bring the cider to a boil and simmer the spices for 15 minutes. Immediately after, I pour the cider into canning Mason glass jars with the lids that have the button. How long should I expect the ...
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Should I steam or boil zongzi?

Wikipedia says they're cooked by steaming or boiling. Searching further, I've found plenty of people saying their way is the best way. Assuming they're well-made and won't leak when boiled, why would ...
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How do I prevent an egg cracking while hard boiling it?

Sometimes when I cook hard boiled eggs they will crack in the saucepan, and some of the egg will seep out into the water. Am I boiling the water too vigorously, or can I add something to the water to ...
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Salt in boiled meat

Is there a way to estimate consumption of salt when dealing with the boiled meat? I.e. I had 500 grams of meat, boiled in 2 litres of water, with 5 grams of salt diluted in that water. If the water is ...
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Do you need to rinse liver?

I got into an argument about liver when I saw someone boil a tub of chicken livers by pouring the entire contents of the tub (blood) into a pot without rinsing the liver. I always though that the ...
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How do I stop my pans boiling over?

Yesterday the wife and I decided to boil some potatoes in a normal non-stick pan. We added salt, potatoes and boiling water. We put this on an electric hob, with no lid at maximum heat (marked at ...
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How is boiled rice different from steamed?

I recently got into a friendly argument with a coworker about how rice should be prepared. I insisted that the goal was to steam the rice- too much water and it would boil into a soupy pudding. She ...
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Does it make sense to parboil spare ribs before you roast or grill them?

I was thinking about doing it as a time saving device - any recommendations?
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Is it necessary to only boil vegetables (or chicken) or can they be pressure cooked and later be boiled for the flavour to seep in?

I was following this recipe for which the cooking time mentioned is 30 min. Although for me, it took around 45 min for the vegetables to get cooked. Three questions: 1. Instead of waiting 45 min ...
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How fast does water cool off after boiling?

I don't have a kettle, so I use a cooking pot at home to boil water. I boil water on high in the cooking pot and as soon as I see the big bubbles/steam forming, I assume the water has reached 100° C. ...
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What is water temperature after electric kettle switches off?

My tea preparation prescriptions says to prepare it using water heated to 96 Celsius degrees. When water heated in standard, typical electric kettle reaches this temperature? Is it immediately after ...
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Is there any pan in which water or liquid shouldn't be boiled?

1. Should anything be boiled in aluminium pans? In general, are there any pans that boiling will damage? 2. What kind of pan is this? I don't know because I no longer have the receipt. Has the pan ...
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Can I boil milk unattended (and still keep the pan clean)?

Many recipes call for first bringing milk up to boil. I normally boil 1 quart (1 litre) of milk in a 3-quart stainless steel heavy bottomed pan: use low heat keep scraping the bottom of the pan ...
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Why wait for water to boil?

I've always heard that you should wait for water to boil before adding pasta/perogies/vegetables/etc. What is the reason for this? Is it because it reaches boiling point faster? If so, why?
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Cooking dried corn

I'm trying to cook some dried corn that normally is meant for popcorn. I've soaked it 36 hours using bottled water and then rinsed it multiple times with tap water. After that I cooked it for about ...
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Boiling Chicken Breast (or any meat) before cooking to cook evenly

Good day. I've had another disagreement with my mother on how to cook Chicken Breast. I know it seems like a small topic and it is situational, but do consider it. The scenario is this, let's say you ...
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How to make sure that potatoes are boiled properly?

I once boiled some potatoes of average size, by inserting a fork into them I thought they were boiled properly but cutting them in half, I saw the center is still raw with a lighter color. So how ...
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How should I boil green beans to keep them crisp?

I just pulled fresh Blue Lake Bush green beans from my garden, snapped the ends and wanted to boil them, while keeping then crisp. How should I boil them so they are cooked through, but not limp?
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Why add salt to the water when cooking pasta?

What is the effect of adding salt to the water when cooking pasta?
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Using a wooden spoon to prevent pots from boiling over?

Someone recently told me that placing a wooden spoon across the top of a pot will prevent boilovers. Could somebody explain to me why this is the case?
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Can I boil water to temperature lower than 100 Celsius / 212 Fahrenheit to make a tea?

For many years I had a typical electric kettle. Whenever I wanted a 75 Celsius / 167 Fahrenheit water to make a green tea, I had to boil it up to 100 Celsius / 212 Fahrenheit (because, that was the ...
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Making lemon oil from vodka

I recently made some lemon oil. Here's how I made it (question at the bottom): I took the zest of about 12 lemons, packed it in a half pint jar, filled it to the top with 80 proof vodka. Left it in ...
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Why are my canning lids popped out?

My wife has been trying to can some foods using the canning techniques that she's familiar with from Romania, but with the American-style canning jars and lids that we get here. This involves packing ...
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Cans are all sealed, but I forgot to boil the closed jars - should I boil them now?

I am relatively new at canning. Last night I made a batch of peach butter using a trusted recipe that I have made and canned before. I sterilized my jars and lids, ladled the boiling peach butter ...
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When you cook spaghetti, do you add olive oil to the boiling water?

Many people (at least in Germany) think that Italians add olive oil to the boiling water for spaghetti. However, Italians tend to tell the opposite (from my experience). So, can you please state ...
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When boiling water, why start from cold?

A question about probably the most mundane subject in cooking: boiling water. For cooking techniques where you drop ingredients in simmering or boiling water - such as for vegetables, pasta, many ...
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Crystallization of sugar solution, and oddly crunchy candy with fudge-like texture after eating

I've been trying to recreate the results from: http://cookingsciencetradition.blogspot.com/2010/12/crystallization-of-sugar.html to very little success. My process: 1: Add 1 + 1/2 cups white ...
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Why did my Turkish Delight come out flavorless?

Yesterday I made Turkish Delight, and today I cut it into squares and tasted it. This was the recipe: 330 ml liquid (apple juice, from freshly cold-pressed apples, strong flavor) A small amount of ...
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Can I get drunk by evaporating steam of alcohol?

If I boil a bit alcohol in a pot, can I get drunk by the evaporating steam? Does the steam of alcohol still includes any alcohol?
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Can I boil eggs in the same pot I'm boiling something else?

I know cooking the eggs kills the salmonella and that the risk is small even for raw eggs. However, I stopped boiling the eggs in the same pot I'm boiling something else, like potatoes, when I learnt ...
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Pouring cold water on pasta after cooking it

Some of my friends pour cold water on pasta after boiling it other don't. What do the professionals do? If they pour cold water on the pasta after the boil, what do they want to accomplish with doing ...
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best way to infuse flavour into boiled potatoes

My question is very similar to this one here How to boil potatoes for curry? I am trying to enhance the potatoes flavour by masking it's own natural flavour with as much spiciness as possible, ...
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Why use boiling water in a shoofly pie?

I made a shoofly pie using the recipe from Joy of Cooking. That recipe instructed to mix 1 cup of boiling water into the mixture (of eggs and molasses) before pouring into the pie shell. Why boiling ...
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When cooking pasta in salted water how much of the salt is absorbed?

Most chefs recommend that you should add quite a bit of salt to boiling water which you cook pasta in (sometimes 1 teaspoon). For those watching their sodium intake, how much of this salt will ...
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What's the best way to tell that pasta is done (when boiling)?

I've tried a number of different ways to tell when spaghetti, capellini and other pasta types are done, but I'm curious if there are more specific rules of thumb. With regular spaghetti, I've tried ...
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“Lively simmer” vs “simmer”?

From what I understand, a "simmer" is when you start getting small air bubbles floating up, but only one air bubble breaks through the liquid's surface every 2 seconds. So then what is a "lively ...
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Difference between boiling and steaming vegetables?

I have eaten both boiled vegetables and steamed vegetables (e.g. broccoli, carrot, zucchini etc.), and I cannot tell the vegetables are cooked in one way or the other, whether by texture or by taste ...
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How to soft boil an egg

Is there a fool proof way to make sure the white of the egg is set but either all or some of the yolk remains runny?
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All else held equal, does a pot of tea have more total caffeine than a mug?

Let's say you have one tea bag and can either brew it in a mug of boiling water, or a larger tea kettle of boiling water. The temperature, steeping time, type of tea bag, etc. are held constant. ...
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Which method of cooking does the age of the egg matter least?

I have a tray of older eggs (almost 2 weeks old). Previously I never paid attention to thier age and cooked whatever I wanted, but after poaching some super fresh eggs obtained from the farmers ...
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Why add salt to the water when cooking rice?

Given the great answer to the question on adding salt to water when cooking pasta, I am curious whether the same explanation holds for rice as it does for pasta (flavor and starch gelation)? Is there ...
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Oxtail soup - oxtail tightened up during simmering?

I've been hungry for a light oxtail soup, and managed to find some (around 1.5lb) frozen at the butcher. I'm aiming for light flavor to go alongside leeks and bulgar, so I figured I would simmer the ...
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Par boil roast potatoes

I tend to par boil potatoes before roasting them; however, a common error that I make is to over par boil (or as it is otherwise know: boil). Unfortunately, I'm unlikely to ever get this right. So ...
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Liquefying through long boiling [duplicate]

Is there a name in English for the process of turning ingredients of a dish into liquid through boiling them long enough? Usually this happens as cook's errors, but at times it's the desired effect ...
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How to boil away water from a sauce without it splashing?

When "slow cooking" a certain recipe, I need to keep a lid on the pot, or the sauce slowly but surely splashes all over the place. However, with the lid on, the sauce retains much more water than I ...
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How to make red wine sauce?

I have tried to make red wine sauce using this recipe, but it didn't end up so well. One problem was this step: Bring to a boil and let boil boil over high heat until mixture is reduced to a thin ...
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What causes water to boil over?

What are the mechanics of water boiling over? How can you stop it from happening? Is it more likely to happen with certain ingredients? Which? How does the amount of water effect the likelihood of ...