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When you boil a liquid, you are increasing its temperature until it begins to bubble and turn to vapor.


Difficulty to learn: Easy

Some Thoughts For You:

Boiling a liquid can serve a number of purposes. Boiling water can remove impurities within it. Placing a food such as eggs or hot dogs within boiling water can quickly heat it up while also cooking it. Boiling raw milk can make it safer for human consumption.

It should be noted that boiling is different than simmering. Simmering is heating the water so only a few bubbles form, and is generally used for soups. Boiling something that should be simmered could lead to complications, such as tough meat within a soup.

What You Will Need:

To boil something, all you need is a pot (or kettle) to hold and heat the liquid in. You will also need a method for heating the pan, such as a stove top or a fire.

Basic Steps:

  1. For boiling water, place the pot or kettle filled with water on the heat source. The heat needs to be high enough to start the boiling process (usually a medium setting on a stove top will be enough).
  2. After a few minutes you will start to see small air bubbles appear along the edges of the pot. Keep the pan on the heat until many bubbles appear, making the surface ripple. Now your liquid is fully bubbling!

Tips For You:

  • Generally any pan will work for boiling. However, stainless steel pans with a copper core can retain much more heat during cooking (although they are arguably more expensive).

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