What is boiling? what is simmering? – Jamie Oliver’s Home Cooking Skills
Right, what we doing here is explaining the difference between boiling water and simmering water This one here. This pot here is full of boiling water. See the way that the bubbles are rolling up to the top and the surface of the water is completely moving all the time. That’s what we call boiling. This, you can see the surface of the water is quite flat and there’s some bubbles tickling up round the edge So it’s boiling but only just. Well that’s what i would call simmering. So it’s simmering water. That’s rolling boil, boiling. That’s simmering Now, this is the kind of water you want, for example, if you’re cooking pasta That’s how fast you want it to be boiling. So it’s good for pasta and it’s good for noodles. And it’s good for things like green vegetables, green beans mangetout, that kind of thing. Broccoli. Those kinds of lovely veg need to be cooked in that kind of water. Simmering is what you would poach an egg in or perhaps poach a piece of fish in. Or if you’re making soup, you don’t ever want it to get like that because when your boil a soup you spoil all the flavour in it. So, really, for soup you never want to get more than simmering. So there we go, boiling and simmering.