Keep the temperature low enough so the mixture will not boil.
a pot of boiling water
french fries cooked in boiling oil
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Stewed, boiled, fried, roasted, or grilled, fish has been a mainstay in Icelandic cuisine for as long as people have lived there.—Claire Volkman, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 After the mixture has boiled for 7 minutes, scoop a small spoonful and immerse it in the ice water.—Genevieve Ko, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 As a sign of faith, the girls boil water on a gas cooker, preparing for whatever Mr. Niewenhoudt brings home: pap, South Africa’s staple of ground maize; potatoes; maybe even bones for a broth.—Lynsey Chutel Gulshan Khan, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2023 It was supposed to prove out a dream that smaller, modular designs can make splitting atoms to boil water and push turbines with steam much cheaper.—WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 Ars Technica: What sort of connections have surprised and delighted (or terrified) you the most?
James Burke: All three boil into one, really: delighted, terrified, and surprised.—Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 9 Nov. 2023 Boil potatoes: Cook in a medium saucepan in boiling water to cover 15 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain and place into a large mixing bowl.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 30 Oct. 2023 Cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar, and boil until apples are tender and mixture is thick, stirring occasionally.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023 Historically, wealthy Romans would boil eggs and serve them with spicy sauces as an appetizer for a large, fancy meal, according to the North Carolina Egg Association.—Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2023
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the sugar and corn syrup just to a boil, stirring with a small spatula to dissolve the sugar, about 2 to 3 minutes.—Alyssa Sybertz, Southern Living, 16 Nov. 2023 Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender.—Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, 15 Nov. 2023 The Always Pan is designed to sear, braise, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, bake, and food can be served directly from it.—Dhara Patel, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023 How to blanch green beans Arguably the easiest way to cook green beans: Bring a big pot of water to a rolling boil and season it generously with salt.—Carly Westerfield, Bon Appétit, 30 Oct. 2023 Automatic shutoff and a dry boil prevention feature are handy additions for added safety.—Savannah Sher, Popular Science, 26 Oct. 2023 Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to medium-low and cover.—Sandra A. Gutierrez, Saveur, 11 Oct. 2023 Once peas have come to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until peas are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 4 Nov. 2023 Turn the heat down to a low boil and cook for six minutes.—Ashia Aubourg, SELF, 2 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French buillir, boillir, from Latin bullire to bubble, from bulla bubble
Middle English, alteration of bile, from Old English bȳl; akin to Old High German pūlla bladder