How do you boil water?

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    That’s something I would have said just a couple years ago.  I hated cooking, mainly because I didn’t know how to boil water. Then I married a wonderful person who has a five-year-old son and I wanted to learn how to make them nice meals. So I took a cooking class a couple nights a week, and just two years later, if I do say so myself I’m actually turning into a pretty good cook and now love the art of cooking. Cheers /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif

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  2. michaelga

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    I bet you're not looking for this... but:

    - don't start to boil water with salt in it, add salt after it boils, right before you add your ingredients.

    - always boil your water with a cover, but only before you add anything.  Once you add stuff to your boiling water never cover it

    - boiling water doesn't care what kind of vessel you use, stainless steel or paper, the water will boil

    - don't let boiling water dry out... when it dry's out bad things happen

    /welcome to ChefTalk!!
     
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  3. jcboy

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    Ha! good one, 

    But I always put the salt in before it boils /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
  4. michaelga

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    you shouldn't... you'll end up with pitted stainless steel pots if they aren't the highest quality.
     
  5. ishbel

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    I boil water in an electric kettle :D
     
  6. michaelga

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    Fair enough!
     
  7. meezenplaz

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    And we all know that cold water boils faster than hot water right?

    (Saw that one on a hells kitchen once....had to be staged right?)/img/vbsmilies/smilies/surprised.gif
     
  8. dcarch

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    You can boil water instantly without heat.

    Use a vacuum pump.

    Water boils under vacuum at room temperature, then it gets very cold then freezes, all at room temperature.

    dcarch
     
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  11. koukouvagia

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    Welcome to the forums jcboy, what kind of things do you like to cook?

    Always start with cold tap water, never hot.  The hot tap water has been sitting in the tank for a long time, possibly acquiring little misfits.  

    Agreed, never put salt in still water.  Always after it boils, I also love the little explosion that happens when you add salt to boiling water hehe!
    You can cover it, you just have to be very very careful.  I do it sometimes when I add pasta and want the liquid to come back up to a boil quickly.  You have to watch it like a hawk and make sure to take the cover off right before it boils.
     
  12. emmbai90

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    Quickest way is to use your kettle lol boiling it on the stove takes up to 10 mins depending on how much water your boiling but a kettle takes 5 mins or less.
     
  13. teamfat

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    When we were visiting friends in Wales they had an electric kettle.  I was impressed with how quickly it would do the job.  I imagine 110 volt ones here in the states would take longer.

    mjb.
     
  14. emmbai90

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    Yeh the one i have is electric and a whole kettle of water it's like 4 or 5 mins depending on the make (some boil slower), but the new fancy ones with the sort of jug look boil extremely quickly, my auntie sue and uncle pete have one and i wish my parents would get one.
     
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    When making tea, never re-boil water.  the first boil is said to take the oxygen out of the water so the subsequent boils makes the water taste flat.  For anything else I suppose re-boiling is OK.
     
  16. emmbai90

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    I don't think that's true as i've re-boiled water when making a coffee and it tasted the same, when you heat something up oxygen is taken out of it anyway because it's hot, there isn't any air for that water to breath inside the kettle so i think that's just a myth. Have you ever been in a sauna and realize how hard it is to breath in them?.
     
  17. acidlinktest

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    I can say for sure that re-boiling water for tea (especially if you're a bit of a connoisseur or drinking delicate, light types of tea) that it WILL make it taste different. I love  tea and I always have a clean pot with fresh water in it every time, if it is water thats been boiling all day (like at some work places) or re-boiled a lot it taste like crap to me. Bitter, sometimes even metallic. Can't remember why exactly, something to with the oxygen and there was something else.. but I cant recall. But to a tea (or coffee) lover/connoisseur it is certainly noticeable. I cant stand it haha
     
  18. koukouvagia

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    I'm sure that it does make a difference.  After all water does contain minerals and chemicals and boiling it will alter their composition, and perhaps intensify their flavor.
     
  19. michaelga

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    It certainly does change it - boil a pot of water slap the lid on and wait for it to cool.   You'll see all sorts of 'solids' appear ... these are minerals no longer is suspension. 

    Tons of other cool tricks you can do with heat and cold to water.
     
  20. sandsquid

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    Put 3 quarts of water straight from the tap into a 4 quart pan with a lid, and place it onto my induction cooktop and hit "boost".
    Water is boiling in 4 minutes (+/- 10 seconds)
     
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