[CnD] How Do You Know When Something is Simmering?

Deborah Barnes misslady0971 at att.net
Sat Jul 8 17:02:58 EDT 2017


Smart lady!  Sounds like the kind of food I'd like, too!  It'll take me a while to get there but I'm on my way!  <g<

Deb B.

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From: Dani Pagador via Cookinginthedark [mailto:cookinginthedark at acbradio.org] 
Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2017 4:13 PM
To: cookinginthedark at acbradio.org
Cc: Dani Pagador
Subject: Re: [CnD] How Do You Know When Something is Simmering?

The beans will go in to crock pot chili. I've got leftover bell pepper, onion, diced tomato, and ground beef I need to use. I want to bulk up the chili with more fiber, so thought a blend of beans would be a good thing. There are also hot dogs and potatoes, so I may be able to cook all that we'll eat over the weekend over the course of today.

It'll be at least 90 here over the next three days--I shouldn't complain, because it's hotter in Nevada and Arizona than in HI. But I don't like humid and sticky; it makes my mind sluggish and sticky.
Ick. So the more I can get done in the kitchen, the less I'll have to stand by the heat sources.

More Later,
Dani, off to cook the chili



On 7/8/17, Teresa Mullen via Cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> wrote:
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> Teresa Sanchez sent from my iPhone
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>> On Jul 8, 2017, at 8:07 AM, Deborah Barnes via hello I agree with all 
>> of these suggestions, when I have done beans before I put the man, I 
>> let the water boil rapidly then once the beans are in I M boil for a 
>> little bit maybe at least five minutes then I lower the stove to 
>> medium and cover, like I want to the magic message says once you 
>> don't hear the rapid boil, and it is sort of quiet boiling then your 
>> beans are simmering, no you do not have to babysit them.just stir 
>> them every half an hour like another message said, which I do as well 
>> I don't put oil in mine  are used a couple of strips of bacon or ham 
>> hocks to give them flavour in your case you said you're making chilli 
>> well you can remove the bacon or ham hock which room and use that if 
>> you are using bacon or the other.happy cooking Cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> wrote:
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>> Hi Dani,
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>> Well, when the water is barely simmering, I can usually hear just a 
>> little sound; it doesn't sound like a true boil, but it's not like 
>> there's no activity.  But it's hard for me to hear unless it's really 
>> quiet.  Plus there's some steam coming up that you can feel if your 
>> hand is above the pot a little, but it's not bunches of steam like 
>> when there's a real high boil.
>>
>> Not sure this helps any, but that's my take on it.  As I rarely cook 
>> these days, I had to reach way back in my memory to remember my nonvisual cues.
>> <g<
>>
>> Deb B.
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Eileen Scrivani via Cookinginthedark 
>> [mailto:cookinginthedark at acbradio.org]
>> Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2017 10:28 AM
>> To: cookinginthedark at acbradio.org
>> Cc: Eileen Scrivani
>> Subject: Re: [CnD] How Do You Know When Something is Simmering?
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>> Hi Dani,
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>> Once the water comes to a boil, reduce the flame to a very low one, 
>> and let your pot continue cooking for the designated length of time 
>> or tenderness. I think it will help if you keep your cooking pot 
>> covered with a good lid. The lid will help lock in the moisture and 
>> the flavors of your food. This is not to say, that you don’t have to 
>> continue monitoring it, stirring,  and perhaps adding extra liquid if 
>> necessary. . A lid can also help with cutting down on the length of 
>> cooking time required. Although beans take a long time.
>>
>> As for putting all three types of beans in one pot, I think that’s 
>> fine unless the recipe has specifically directed you to do it 
>> differently for some reason.
>>
>> Good luck.
>>
>> Eileen
>>
>> From: Dani Pagador via Cookinginthedark
>> Sent: Saturday, July 8, 2017 3:32 AM
>> To: cookinginthedark
>> Cc: Dani Pagador
>> Subject: [CnD] How Do You Know When Something is Simmering?
>>
>> Hi, Everyone.
>> I'm trying to cook beans that I soaked earlier today--I started at 
>> 10:00A and let them soak till 7:00 or so.
>>
>> The Joy of Cooking website says to bring the water to a boil, then 
>> cook the beans at a low simmer till they're tender.
>>
>> Sightlings see little bubbles on the surface of the water/sauce 
>> they're simmering. Whatscookingamerica says the simmer temperature is 
>> between 190 and 200 degrees F.
>>
>> I'm going to take Dale up on his statement that no question is a 
>> stupid question.
>>
>> So novice stovetop cook asks: How does the nonvisual cook monitor 
>> whether something is simmering? Do I need to babysit the beans and 
>> monitor the water temperature?
>>
>> And if I'm putting three kinds of dry beans in what I hope will be 
>> chili, do I need to cook each batch separately, or can I dump the 
>> white, black, and pinto beans all in to one pot and cook them 
>> together before adding them to the chili mix?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Dani
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