Low heat

Low heat is a heat level in which the flame is very low. Low heat level is less than half of medium heat. This is the heat level for boiling liquids down a long time or simmering soup gently.

Medium heat

Medium heat is a heat level in which the flame touches most but not the entire bottom of the pot on a half opened gas range. This is the heat level to continue boiling briskly after high heat.

High heat

High heat is a heat level in which the flame touches the entire bottom of the pot on a fully opened gas range. This is the heat level for frying, grilling, steaming or boiling ingredients for the first time, or boiling soup intensely.

Water sautéing

Carrots, potatoes, broccoli and other “meaty” vegetables can be water sautéed as a quick and flavorful change to boiling and steaming. Water sautéing first uses steam to soften the vegetable and then direct heat and oil to brown it. • Place a non-stick sauté pan over a medium flame. Add a sliced … Read more

Thickening sauces

The quickest way is with a starch, such as cornstarch or arrowroot. Add to cold water, mix until completely dissolved, then add to sauce and stir until desired thickness is reached. The better way, if you have time, is to simply reduce the sauce over medium-high heat, whisking to avoid burning. Cook … Read more