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Old 09-03-2005, 12:31 PM   #1
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Exclamation Gas Stove Simmering Tip

I was just watching Americas Test Kitchen and they had a great tip that I thought some people here would benefit from hearing.

When simmering something on a gas range it is sometimes difficult to get the heat low enough. The tip was to take second grate and put it on top of the grate you are using. This raises the pan a bit further from the flame so the heat is a little less.


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Old 09-03-2005, 12:41 PM   #2
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I don't have a gas stove, but I love America's Test Kitchens program. They have such down to earth ideas and make such wonderful food.

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Old 09-03-2005, 01:57 PM   #3
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What a great idea. When I had a gas stove, I bought something called a flame-tamer. There are two types, one is just wire, one is a flat piece of perforated metal with a handle (easier to use). But why didn't I think of just stacking the burners? Of course this won't work if you need all of your burners. I have very unsteady hands (always have, getting worse with age) and getting that flame low enough without it blowing out and causing problems was a bear.
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What a good idea!!!! Thanks GB

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Old 09-03-2005, 05:21 PM   #5
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Great idea! Thank you!! I had this same problem just this week! I'll know next time!
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Old 09-03-2005, 08:20 PM   #6
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ah gb you're a savior !!! i always have a hard time keeping my spaghetti sauce from simmering OUTSIDE of the pot !!!
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Old 09-13-2005, 02:38 PM   #7
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Some of the newer gas stoves come with a simmering burner. Mine has a really low BTU burner in the centre (a fifth burner). Still -- good advice!
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Old 09-13-2005, 04:20 PM   #8
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Great idea! Just make sure the stacked grates are stable enough to balance a big, heavy pot w/out tipping!
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:48 AM   #9
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My new home came with a gas stove and I've always used electric. Thanks for this great tip! I have this problem all the time.
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:50 PM   #10
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I have one of those perforated metal things because if the flame was low enough to keep my spaghetti sauce at a simmer there would be a small burned on ring no matter how often I stirred. I'll have to remember the grate stacking trick because there are times I wish I had another one.

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