Everybody thinks they know how to boil water. Many - if not most of them - are deluded. Boiling water is not as easy as it appears to be. However, by following a few simple guidelines, it is within anyone’s reach.
1. Use a metal pot. Wooden and plastic pots will not work!
2. Fill the metal pot with a quantity of water that is less than the total volume of the pan.
3. Use real water! Gasoline, alcohol, and lacquer thinner will boil, but you will not get boiling water from them.
4. Put the pot on the stove. This is important. You must use a stove! Refrigerators, dishwashers, and KitchenAid stand mixers will not boil water, no matter how long you leave it on.
5. Turn on the burner directly beneath the pot. Turning on the wrong burner will not boil water!
6. Give the water time to come to a boil. On most stoves, you can adjust the amount of time required by changing the burner setting (consult the manual that came with your stove).
7. Do not watch the pot! Watching the pot of water will increase the time it takes to come to a boil! Simply glance at the water from time to time until you observe large numbers of “bubbles” rising to the surface.
8. Once the water is boiling, you can let it boil for a while, or you can turn off the burner – it’s up to you!