Simmer WaterHave you ever seen recipes in cookbooks that say you need to simmer water or something else?  Ever wonder what that means exactly?

If you haven’t thought about it before, are you wondering now?  I am!

Simmering in relation to cooking is when liquids are cooked to temperatures at or just below the point of boiling.  The purpose of simmering is gentler cooking than boiling.  This helps prevent foods from breaking up or getting too tough.

If you need to keep food simmering, you can achieve this by bringing your food to a boil, then reduce the heat so that there are no more steam bubbles.  The video below provides a very short example of what simmering water looks like:

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Water that simmers is kept at a temperature of about 200 ° F.  It is a popular way to cook stews and sauces.  And now you know the meaning of simmer and what it looks like.

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