Interested in a career in commercial cookery?At what temperature does water boil? The simple and quick answer to that question is 100 degrees. When it comes to cooking, boiling is one of the easiest and most common forms, as most foods can be boiled – but do you know how long each food has to be boiled until it is cooked, or how to create a great dish using the cooking technique of boiling?

Boiling is the cooking of prepared foods in liquid at boiling point, this can be done using either water, milk or stock, depending on the overall desired taste and dish. There are a variety of foods that can be cooked using the boiling method, these include:

  • Stocks – beef, chicken and fish

  • Glazes – fish and meat

  • Sauces – brown, white, curry and jam

  • Soups – tomato and scotch broth

  • Eggs

  • Farinaceous – spaghetti and noodles

  • Fish – skate, turbot, cod and salmon

  • Meats  – beef silverside, leg of mutton, leg of pork, bacon

  • Chicken

  • Vegetables – cabbage, carrot

  • Potatoes

  • Sweets and pastry – milk pudding, sugar

  • Pasta

When it comes to boiling, there are two methods and, again, depending on the dish, use the required method:

–       Place food into the boiling liquid of your choice, re-boil and then reduce heat for a gentle boiling (this is called simmering). This technique is suitable for pasta, vegetables, as it seals in the natural juices and sustains nutritional value. 

–       Cover food with a cold liquid, bring to a boil and then reduce the heat for the food to simmer. This technique helps tenderise the food you are boiling.

There are numerous advantages to boiling food, these include:

–       Older, cheaper and tougher meats can be made tender and into a beautiful dish.

–       It is a cheap and easy form of cooking.

–       The nutritional value of the product is sustained.

–       It is a reasonably safe and simple process.

Overall, boiling is an essential technique when it comes to cooking – it is simple and easy, and can create a beautiful and flavoursome dish. If you want to learn more about cooking techniques, including boiling, please contact one of our experienced commercial cookery trainers at Club Training Australia, (07) 3878 8977.