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

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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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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 rice - drain or boil off water?

Because different rice varieties have different cooking times, I find it hard sometimes not to over/under cook them. I do it in two ways: Boil off all the excess water, and fluff it with a fork. ...
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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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What is the best way to cook chicken for enchiladas?

I'm new to cooking and I'm cooking chicken enchiladas and obviously I want to shred the chicken. Most recipes say to use a slow cooker, but some say boil. Why would one be better than the other? I ...
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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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Is it safe to par-boil chicken legs, (unthawed), then finish cooking them later?

I boiled four chicken legs for 25 mins, put them in the fridge then took them back out to finish boiling them four hours later, is this safe?
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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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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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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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How to increase the temperature of my double boiler?

I have a double boiler that I wish to use to prepare a batch of fudge. The recipe I am using calls for heating to 240°F (=116°C), but a double boiler is limited to the boiling point of the working ...
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Will meat cook inside of a rice cooker?

I would like to use my rice cooker to cook one of those pre-packaged jambalaya mixes, and I've had good success with using prepackaged rice packets in my rice cooker. Sometimes there is a bit of ...
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Lobster Death! Freezer vs. Alcohol

I love lobster but I must admit I am not very good at cooking it. I want to make this easier on my self by just adding the lobster to a flavorful broth. I've heard in the past that if you are going ...
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How do I clean a pot after boiling eggs?

After boiling 8 batches of eggs, how can I clean the build up of calcium off the bottom of the pot?
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Why microwaves do not kill harmful bacteria as well as boiling?

Medical Biochemistry point of view My biochemistry teacher said today that the problem with micros is that they do not kill all harmful bacteria. He proposed boiling food instead. I think there are ...
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Does water boil faster with the lid on?

When bringing water to a boil from cold water, what effect does a lid have on the time to boil? Does it increase or decrease the time? How much? Why?
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Is it safe to use plastic wrap in boiling water?

While I've come across one or two recipes that call for using plastic wrap in pots of boiling water (for example, to cook eggs), I've always been a bit wary of putting the wrap in boiling water. Can ...
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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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Why does my chicken go dry when I boil it?

This may seem a silly question, but it has always stricken me as odd that chicken should dry out when I boil it in water. Intuitively it just seems weird, but thinking about this a bit while cooking ...
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Rolling boil has barely any steam?

I'm trying to reduce a sauce I've got but I noticed something interesting. When I raise the heat so the sauce is at a full rolling boil, there is barely any steam coming out so I presume there is ...
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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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Heated up oil for frying, stirred it, tiny bubbles appeared and rose slowly but with very loud popping sound - why?

Last night I tried deep frying stuff for the first time. As the oil heated in the pot, I thought it would be a good idea to stir the oil (I was really scared of it catching on fire). It was probably ...
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What is the impact of high heat on wine?

I usually use wine in my tomato sauces, which are usually slowly simmered on the lowest heat setting. I'd really like to make this recipe from The Pioneer Woman blog. However, I'm concerned about ...
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Benefits of boiling meatballs before frying them

I was watching a cooking show yesterday where the chef used a process I have never seen before, without explaining why. I've been wondering about it and can't come up with a satisfactory answer, which ...
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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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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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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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Why add vanilla extract after removal from the heat, and what about fake vanilla extract?

Recipes for pralines, for fudge, even for hot cocoa say to add vanilla extract only after removing the dish from the heat. Why? Does that apply to artificial vanilla extract also?
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Why boil adzuki beans for anko twice?

This anko recipe calls for boiling the adzuki beans twice, draining and re-filling the water in between. Why is this done? Is this necessary?
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What are 'boiling potatoes'?

If a recipe calls for 'boiling potatoes', what variety(ies) is it referring to, and why? Example Recipes: Punjabi-Style Cauliflower and Potatoes with Ginger (Aloo Gobi) Potato and Cauliflower Curry ...
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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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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 ...
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Can food be boiled “extra fast/hard” in water?

Once water is boiling you can either leave the heat on quite high, or turn it down a bit so that it just keeps boiling. Apart from extra water vaporating, does this have any effect on the taste of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...