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Old 10-18-2013, 10:55 AM   #11
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I knew you would refer to the forum on simmering. I realize its what's happening in the pot .i just thought with what every one was saying it was suppose to be done at medium .one of the comments made at the recipe site was once it starts to simmer let it simmer there 15-20 min. I just thought if they did it must be the way....but like I said I did watch what was going on in the pot and knew medium for me was not letting me simmer. Would less liquid in the pot have anything to do with maybe not doing a simmer on medium? Just a thought
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:07 AM   #12
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Like Andy suggested. Forget that you ever saw the word "medium" Just simmer the broccoli until its very tender and then take it off the heat and add the cheese.

Add the garlic powder at the beginning and not the end.
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:11 PM   #13
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Maybe it's the stove but leaving this at medium heat the full 15 min , I had to keep adjusting so wouldn't go to a boil. Couldn't keep it at a medium. Felt like I was fighting it on medium heat to stay at simmer for the amount of time they wanted.
You have to use your common sense when following a recipe. If "medium" is too hot then turn it down to the level you find will simmer the pan's contents gently. The "15 minutes" are not written in stone either. If your broccoli takes more or less time to cook it's OK - The recipe writer will never know

I find that the burners on the hob of my new cooker are too hot for some things even at the lowest setting so I have acquired a "simmer mat" - a hollow, perforated metal mat that goes under the saucepan and dissipates some of the heat. It's also useful when making custard with eggs and milk/cream
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:19 PM   #14
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Could someone tell me if it was normal for me to have the broccoli and stock to boil instead of simmer at medium heat. I couldn't keep it at a simmer very long had to keep adjusting the setting. Is there something I should be doing so next time don't run into this problem. I found a video on this on their web site and it looks like they left at meduim heat for 15 to 20 minutes with out any problems. Any help appr. My soup did turn out good ,just a hassel with simmer at medium heat for 15 min... Can this be done this process ..since some of you say that's how I read it. How do you do it ....not trying to be dumb here but must be a way.
If you fast boil when it isn't necessary you are wasting fuel (and therefore money)

Once it starts to boil water never gets any hotter, no matter how furiously it produces bubbles and bounces about. I assume this is the same with water-based things like stock. (OK, this was Year 7 science and I lost the scientific plot after that so don't shout at me if I'm wrong)
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:43 PM   #15
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Deja vu all over again

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Old 10-21-2013, 12:45 PM   #16
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Re the recipe - what on god's earth is a loaf of processed cheese food? And why would you want to us it instead of real cheese?

Edit: don't bother explaining. I've just looked it up on Wikipaedia and don't think I could read it again! It appears to be like Kraft cheese slice which are vile.
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Re the recipe - what on god's earth is a loaf of processed cheese food? And why would you want to us it instead of real cheese?

Edit: don't bother explaining. I've just looked it up on Wikipaedia and don't think I could read it again! It appears to be like Kraft cheese slice which are vile.
It's actually pretty tasty. The jalapeno flavor makes a great dip mixed with salsa and microwaved. I haven't bought it in ages, though, because it's so fattening and so addicting.
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