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Boiling

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Boiling is one of the simplest cooking methods, your food is immersed in a liquid, sometimes boiling, sometimes cold and maintained at boiling point, simmering gently and being stirred occasionally until the food is cooked through.

However as with every cooking method there are a few things that need to be kept in mind. for instance you can boil food in water or stock, each adding their own subtle flavours to the end result.

When boiling food it’s best to use a heavy bottomed saucepan and make sure that it is large enough to hold all your ingredients. You want a saucepan large enough to hold all your ingredients without them being crowded, you want to cover the food and leave it room to move, that’s all the space you need.

It’s important not to let things boil out of control, bring it to the boil then allow it to simmer, until your food is cooked and always remember that your pans will be much heavier when they are full of liquid, so take care when lifting as the contents are 100C when boiling and will give you (or someone else) a nasty scald if it comes in contact with you/them. For this reason it’s always a good idea to check that the path to your destination is clear before lifting that pot to begin with.

The last thing I would say about boiling is to be aware that when you boil food you will lose some of the nutritional value. If you are boiling in water or stock the water-soluble vitamins (B & C) will start to leave the food as it cooks. For this reason it is important to only boil foods for the least amount of time that is required to cook them fully and to remove them from the liquid as quickly as possible. Well unless you intend to use the liquid in your dish 😉

Kitchen Essentials – Bowls and Jugs

So Bowls and Jugs, they’re maybe not as essential as ingredients and pots and pans but as you start to cook more and more, you will begin to find that for some recipes (particularly baking) they are a big help at the least and in some cases essential (measuring jug).

We have a selection of mixing bowls and measuring jugs but I would recommend 4 mixing bowls and 1 measuring jug as a minimum.

A selection of Bowls and a Measuring Jug
Our essential bowls and jugs

The first of the bowls is a very large plastic mixing bowl that Elly picked up in “Homestore and More” for less than a tenner and I use that for making pizza bases, bread and salads. As it’s plastic it’s great for dough, if some sticks just rub it and it rolls up and falls back into the bowl to be mixed back in.

We also have a set of 3 Pyrex bowls that stack neatly inside of each other in the press and these get used for mixing everything and anything. They can go in the dishwasher so we don’t have to worry about cleaning them and because they’re different sizes it means we don’t have to use a huge bowl unless we need to.

As for a measuring jug these are so useful I honestly could not cook without one. Ours is, again, a Pyrex half litre measure but it also has imperial and cup measurements on it as well.

Pyrex bowls and jugs are great because they are heat resistant so you can pour boiling water in without fear of the glass shattering, which is a major added bonus :)