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Old 08-26-2013, 10:03 PM   #1
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Time frame - simmering, boiling?

I am completely stumped i was following a rec. and it says to gradually increase the heat until it simmers. Usually i BTAB and RTS,but on this rec. has you do the above. My question is how long do you wait before moving up the heat. Could stay at low and get there like i did my stock or if did at medium heat get to simmer too. So what do they want me to do?

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Old 08-26-2013, 10:06 PM   #2
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What are you making?

Maybe there's a reason for that monkeybizness of gradually increasing heat.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:19 PM   #3
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I also seen this ..... How to Simmer (with Pictures) - wikiHow - wikihow.com - look at the second one. what or how do you do what they said just gradually increase the heat until it simmers? I am trying to get a copy of my other rec. to show you to it says the same thing but having difficulties copy it.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:38 PM   #4
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how do u gradually increase the heat until it simmers. sorry i dont get it. stay at any heat setting long enough will simmer so how long do u wait till u increase the heat? or what are they suggesting u do?
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:38 PM   #5
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still cant get my rec. to copy . but here says the same thing as my rec.... the second one.
The first being that the liquid for the dish reaches boiling point first, and then is reduced to a simmer (so you need to turn it down);
The second being that the recipe will require that the liquid not boil but be brought to just below boiling point slowly and steadily over a gentle heat (so don't boil it first, just gradually increase the heat until it simmers). Like i said before any heat setting long enough will simmer,so how long of a time do u wait before increase the heat? Or is this statement not correct?
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:04 AM   #6
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I think you take things waaaay to literal.

You're also assuming everyone who writes recipes is a food scientist. Many recipes are written by home cooks who don't know all of the correct terminology.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:43 AM   #7
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It depends on what you're cooking. I usually put the pot on, turn on the flame, get the pot simmering and turn it down. If it needs a slow, gradual heating to simmer, it gets tossed in the to slow cooker so it can take it time. And that's how it goes in my kitchen, because I'm the boss there.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:32 AM   #8
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You will make yourself crazy and waste hours of time trying to get a pot of liquid heated to a simmer using low heat. First of all, you have to start with a burner setting that's higher than the setting which maintains a simmer. If you don't know that setting, your pot could never get to a simmer.

Please tell us the recipe you are making that calls for this. Can you provide a link to the recipe?
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:41 AM   #9
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I am trying to get the rec. working......So with the second answer saying ....just grad. increase the heat until it simmers .... talking about starting at low heat and working up from there,not talking about medium heat start there? So just gradually increase the heat until it simmers ,is wrote wrong?
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I am trying to get the rec. working......So with the second answer saying ....just grad. increase the heat until it simmers .... talking about starting at low heat and working up from there,not talking about medium heat start there?

Just tell us the title of the recipe? What are you making?

I have NEVER heard of gradually bringing something to a simmer. BTB RTS is the standard.
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