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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:38 am 
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Once upon a time :mrgreen: you could buy some sort of mat that went on top of a cooker hob, (usually gas) to achieve a really slow simmer when using a saucepan.

What's it called and can I still buy one, or has asbestos paranoia sent them all to the scrapheap?

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Try a simmer ring

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from= ... g&_sacat=0



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I think that's called a heat diffusser, used to be very popular, but still available.



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JohnKay wrote:
I think that's called a heat diffusser, used to be very popular, but still available.


Ebay listings suggest that either name is used.

Does anyone know if they work? I've seen a couple of posts on the net to suggest that the effect is temporary.

Would I be better served just elevating the pan? The same amount of heat is still there in either circumstance. :scratch:

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i have an electric cooker and on 1 or minimum it doesn't quite simmer but cover with a thick "T" towel to reduce the heat loss it simmers away nicely
and before you say thats stupid and dangerous providing the ring has been on minimum or off for at least 15 mins you can tuck the cloth around the pan base and it will not discolour
now would not advise anyone else to do this without knowing there cooker but it works for me saving having to use the slow cook to tenderise meat in stew

and do not under any circumstance place cloth within 300mm/1ft off a naked flame or hot ring

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ayjay wrote:
Does anyone know if they work? I've seen a couple of posts on the net to suggest that the effect is temporary.
Probably too late now.

Yes they do. I use similar to this one for when I make rice. (Bring to boil then as low heat as I can get ... and in winter time the top stays uncooked). I should have tried it for some other slow stews but rice was impossible to make the way I wanted to do it.

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OchAye wrote:
Probably too late now.

Yes they do. I use similar to this one for when I make rice. (Bring to boil then as low heat as I can get ... and in winter time the top stays uncooked). I should have tried it for some other slow stews but rice was impossible to make the way I wanted to do it.

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Not really, I don't move that fast any more. :wink:

I'm still trying to understand why they work. The heat supplied remains the same whatever you put between the pan and the flame, where/why does the supposedly dispersed heat go that allows slower cooking? :scratch:

I plan to experiment first with raising the pan further above the heat on some kiln props, I'm not sure this will work because the same heat is still there, viz. if you hold your hand an inch above a candle flame it will get hot - at two inches above it will still get hot but not so soon.

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The best way to describe it is a heat spreader.

I have a fairly thick bottomed (old fisler) wide pan (width of a stock pot but not too tall). On the smallest gas ring I will get low enough heat but the heat will be concentrated just in the centre of the pan. Keeping it simple, the food will be burned at that point and will be uncooked near the edges.

For slow cooking nothing beats a Le Creuset or similar and stick it in the oven at 50-100C but it is an expensive way of cooking (running the oven I mean).

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In winter time when my kitchen is cold I have to increase the heat and still use the "spreader" trying to get heat to the top of the rice.


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OK. I got my thinking cap on (careful now).

It does do to an extent what you describe by lifting the pan. It is not perfectly flat (like an electric cooker top) so only bits of its top surface make contact with the pot above it. Some heat will dissipate through the sides of the pot.


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