how to boil water

How to boil water

It’s the almost classic joke, right? “I can’t even boil water!” someone protests when asked if he or she can cook.

And when I put this video together, I realized that there are actually a lot of steps we take for granted. Like filling the pot before you start the stove. Or putting a water-filled pot on the burner as opposed to an empty pot. Matching burner and pot size. Covering the pot. The difference between boiling and simmering – and how long it takes an electric stove to change temperature.

The other thing, though? (And really the reason I put the video up.) When you know how to boil water, you can cook. Lots of things need a pot, and water. Tea. Coffee. Pasta. Rice. Mashed potatoes (!!!). Poached fish or chicken. Vegetables. Hard boiled egg. Oatmeal. Heating up soup from a can or box.

If you know how to boil water, you are well on your way to cooking.

So, “Can you cook?”

“You bet! I can boil water!”

Badass is in the small things.