Looking for an easy, simple, fast recipe for how to boil water? Look not further than this step-by-step method!
I woke up this morning utterly parched with thirst. It was one of those cold mornings in San Francisco, gloomy and gray. Even though the blankets were wrapped around me, I was shivering and AJ had gone to work already. I laid there in bed, trying to figure out if there was any substance at all that could help quench my dry throat. Then it hit me, I knew exactly what I so desperately needed, what would warm me up like nothing else. I needed hot water to drink. But how do I boil water? It’s such a difficult thing to make at home! Or is it?!? (Jump directly to the recipe.)
The first thing I did was do my research. I grabbed my iPhone, next to my bed, and skipped Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and Pinterest and Google+ (ha! like anyone ever checks G+ on their phone) and launched my browser. I hit up America’s Test Kitchen, then Saveur and then Bon Appetit. But none of them seem to have a recipe for how to make boiling water at home. Then I visited my favorite popular food blogs: Simply Recipes, The Pioneer Woman, David Lebovitz, Gluten Free Girl. Nothing. I mean boiling water is naturally GLUTEN FREE Shauna! Get on that. Even the apparently misnamed Steamy Kitchen seemed to not have a recipe for boiling water. The site is called STEAMY KITCHEN! Boiling water produces steam…oh Jaden, how you missed a golden opportunity. Even when I broke down and checked Pinterest it disappointed me as there were NO moody dark underexposed photos of boiled water that I could find. PIN FAIL.
Clearly someone needed to show the internet how to boil water. So I got out bed, while still wearing my Faded Glory (a private label version of Fruit of Loom if you must know, because I’m not fancy) sleepy plaid flannel pants and nearly worn through oversized t-shirt that had a faded burger printed on it with a word bubble coming from it that had the words “I want to be inside you” lewdly hovering above it. I hauled myself into the kitchen and started to experiment with water and how to boil it.
After all, if I was going to go through all the trouble of figuring out how to boil water, I needed to make sure I created a recipe that was utterly foolproof. A recipe perfect for summer. And Winter. And Spring, and Fall (though really, San Francisco really has messed me up in terms of the seasons as we don’t really have them). I needed a recipe that is the best ever, utterly amazing and completely delicious. Most importantly, I needed a pin-worthy recipe. The DEFINITIVE recipe on how to boil water. And after 27 attempts, I think I nailed it. Let me know what you think. And ABSOLUTELY let me know if you have any problems with this recipe. Like all food bloggers, I totally LOVE it when I get comments telling me how the recipe doesn’t work…especially when the reader who tried it substituted different ingredients. Those are the best comments ever.
How to Boil Water, a gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, meatless Monday friendly, cane sugar-free, soy-free, peanut and nut tree-free, egg-free, dairy and casein-free, vegan, vegetarian, local and organic recipe. NOT water-free though. So if you are allergic to water, you’re out of luck.
By Irvin Lin
Forget all those “uni-tasker” items that take up so much space in the kitchen like the novelty whistling tea kettle (it whistles when the water boils!) or those hot water dispensers that are always sitting on your sassy-but-slightly-obsessed-with-wearing-sunscreen-all-the-time Asian friend’s counter. Making boiling water is as easy as buying $4 toast and way easier than making a Kouign Amann or a Green Shamrock Shaped Guinness Infused Potato Irish Cheddar Bread Corned Beef Sandwiches with Orange Mayonnaise. And, it’s just as much fun!
Now there are a million variables in boiling water, but I’m not going to get all persnickety and tell you how you need to use a scale to measure out the right amount of water to use. Nor am I going to tell you that you have to use that copper All-Clad pot or that you need the TOP notch ingredients like those the spring water drawn from the remote part of Canada which takes three days travel just to get to the location where it’s sourced. No, amazingly delicious perfect boiling water can happen with just basic everyday water and any old pot. Seriously. Just follow my easy step-by-step instructions, accompanied with a few process photo, to make sure you don’t make any mistakes in making the absolutely gorgeous fun-to-drink super-fun-to-make cup of boiling water!
1. Find the perfectly sized pot for your water to sit in. The size of the pot is going to limit the amount of water you boil, so make sure to pick one that will hold the right amount of boiling water that you want.
2. Locate the sink in your kitchen and bring the pot to your sink. Turn the faucet to the “on” position, which means water will be running out of the faucet. If you are pushing the handle or turning the knob and no water is coming out, you are pushing or turning in the wrong direction. Try pulling or twisting the other way.
3. Run the water until it gets cold, as the end result will be better. I taste-tested cold water, lukewarm water and hot water myself then decided to run a focus group blind taste test with 25 of my favorite food blogger friends and all but one of them picked the boiling water that started with from cold water. I later found out that Sean, the sole dissenter, had a sinus cold and stuffy nose so his taste buds were totally off. Why he didn’t tell me up front, I don’t know. I’m never inviting him to one of my taste test focus groups again.
4. Fill the pot up with as much water as you would like to boil. There is no right or wrong answer to this. This is not a trick question. Just fill the pot up.
5. Turn the faucet off and walk the pot to your stove. Place the pot on stove top, over one of the burners. If you have an electric stove just place the pot on one of the circles on the glass that specify where the heat comes on (or if you are old school electric, place it directly on the electric coil itself). If you have an induction stovetop I hate you and you’re on your own.
6. Turn the heat up to high for the burner or electric circle/coil that you placed the pot on. You can certainly use medium or even low heat to boil water, but high heat is definitely recommended. You want to make sure to really sear the water surface initially with the high heat. This is called the Maillard reaction and it really gives the final boiling water a lovely flavor and color.
7. Now cover the pot with a lid. If you’ve lost the lid or the lid is so bent up that it doesn’t fit over the pot properly, than either grab a sheet pan or metal cookie sheet and cover the pot with that, or just skip covering the water. Just be forewarned that the water may take longer to boil, and the resulting water may be more concentrated in flavor because some of it will have evaporated in the heating process. But if you like a more concentrated water flavor, then by all means, don’t cover the pot.
8. Now wait until for the heat to do its job. If you covered the pot, you can periodically check underneath the lid to see if the water is boiling. Just be aware that the more you uncover the pot, the slower it will take for the pot to boil. So check JUST frequently enough to see if the water is boiling, BUT not frequently enough that you slow down the heating process. The range of checking usually is between 2-5 times but sometimes is more and occasionally less. Just try not to go over 8 times because then you look like an impatient fool. Plus the whole “a watched pot” thing…
9. The water is boiling when large rapid bubbles are vigorously appearing and are coming up from the bottom of the pan to the top of the water surface. If you only see small tiny bubbles, you haven’t fully reached the boiling point and you need to let the water heat ever so slightly more. Once the rapid large bubbles appear, you can turn the heat off. You have boiling water!
10. Carefully pour the boiling water into a drinking container of your choice. Mugs with handles are the preferred drinking container, but you can use glasses, or other heat proof drinkware, even cute mason jars wrapped in baker’s twine or polka dotted ribbon. Be careful that you don’t spill the boiling water on yourself or pick up the mason jars immediately because the boiling water is hot and will burn you**. Let it cool a bit to pick up or to drink.
Makes exactly 3 2/7ths cups of boiling water.
* please see #5
** I am not responsible for any burns you may suffer from drinking boiling water. Please check with your doctor or health care provider if burns do happen. This post was not sponsored by First Degree Therapeutic Burn Cream as I have never used it before because I practice common sense when it comes to drinking boiling water. All opinions are my own.
Special thanks to Sabrina of The Tomato Tart for loaning me baker’s twine, as I do not own any and really didn’t want to buy any for this post. The stripey paper drinking straws are my own though. I stole a handful of those from a friend of mine’s wedding.
This has been a special April Fool’s edition of Eat the Love. I write this disclaimer because inevitably someone will believe that this is a legitimate recipe for how to boil water and try to correct me about the Maillard reaction listed above. To that person, I say… you are a fool. Good day.
nossi @ the kosher gastronome says
Do you use a scale and thermometer for accuracy?
Also I don’t have a mason jar, any recommendations for an alternative??
by the way…awesome
No need for a scale or thermometer. Just follow the instructions above EXACTLY and you shouldn’t have a problem!
But you should really get a mason jar. Not only are they inexpensive but they make everything look rustic adorable!
Amy @Very Culinary says
Irvin, what if I’m out of water? Can I use a different liquid?
Ooh–following this comment thread…
I wouldn’t recommend it. You might get an off taste or color with the end result. Stick with water…or if you can’t get water, ice from the freezer will work in a pinch.
Christine from Cook the Story says
Oh! To think that I’ve been avoiding this for so long, simply because I thought it was too difficult. You’re a culinary genius!
movita beaucoup says
I’m boiling water right now. Your instructions were super clear, and the photos were quite helpful. Thanks for posting!
The Suzzzz says
I’ve been doing it wrong all these years…I feel like such a fool!
Does the pot you use have to be clean? You didn’t say.
Sorry! Yes the pot should be clean. Otherwise you might get an off flavor or color in the final product. Enjoy!
Arthur in the Garden! says
😉 I forgot what today’s date is until I read this!
Tessa @ Handle the Heat says
Oh my god Irvin you are TOO MUCH!!
Allison Day says
Irvin, I tried this and it didn’t turn out quite right, and I’m not sure if it’s me or your recipe. I used vodka, since I prefer that to water, and I made this in the oven since my stovetop is currently out of order*. Now there’s smoke coming from my kitchen. Could you tell me what I’m doing wrong? 😉
*please don’t try this, anybody, as I didn’t actually do this and I’m pretty sure it would do bad things to your kitchen
Um. Your asterisk warning is awesome. That is all.
Pat Sayer Fusco says
This is brilliant. You’re very sly.
OMG. I love your faucet. And do you shoot with natural light exclusively? Where can I get one of those spoons? They’re so cuuuuuuuutttteeee. April Fool, indeed. Loved this so very much! ps. Dang your stove is clean. 😀
I cleaned my stove for this post! It was due for a cleaning. 😉
This is so great. However, I had less than optimal results. The water was cut off in my apartment, so I substituted extra-virgin olive oil. I was able to get it to boil, but then when I drank it, it caused severe blistering on my mouth and down my esophagus. It did, however, have a really satisfyingly rich water taste. Or, maybe it wasn’t the taste of water. I don’t know, because I will never taste anything again. Still, I’m thinking of making this for my next dinner party. Thanks!
Well if you haven’t ruined my blind taste testing focus group with your cold I would sympathize with you but since you did, all I can say is that I hope you learned your lesson with trying to substitute ingredients. You should know better.
Melissa @ Bless this Mess says
SO funny! And I love the 5000 pictures on how to do it too. Totally made my day 🙂
I had to re-post, what I thought, was the key to this entire post: “But if you like a more concentrated water flavor, then by all means, don’t cover the pot.” — thank you!
Sigh, leave it to you trendy hipster food blogger types to get all “fancysmancy” and over complicate such a simple and comforting dish like boiled water. I bet your pans come from William Sonoma or from the internet. Where I come from we make boiled water the classic way, the way that my mother taught me, and her mother would have taught her if she had been alive in the 1980’s and owned one. You don’t even need to plate the boiled water in a different container to serve, the way I make it, it truly is a one pot wonder. All you need is one mason type jar, or if you don’t live in a part of the world where mason jars are easily come by, a “cup” or “mug” works just was well (though the quality of the finished dish won’t be quite the same.” All you need to do is place your main ingredient, water into the vessel, place said vessel into a piece of kitchen kit called a “Micro-Wave” set the timer for 5 minutes or press the “boil water” button, and the little wizards that live inside of it will pass their magic wands repeatedly over the vessel and cast the boiling water spell (hence the name micro wave) and “voila” you have no muss, no fuss boiled water. No fancy pants pots, or stoves, just good old magic.
What is this odd piece of equipment called The Micro-Wave? I’m afraid I don’t own any uni-tasking kitchen items as my countertops have limited space. Right now they are currently filled with my tabletop dehydrator, Sous-Vide supreme, coffee burr grinder, Vitamix blender,Gaggia TS Espresso machine and KitchenAid mixer. I mean, I barely have room for the whole grain mill! No, I’ll stick with the stovetop method above thanks very much.
Adopt me please, I want to play at your house! 🙂
Kimberly Ann says
I’m totally on a diet and counting calories so I substituted Coke Zero. WHAT A MESS! You really shouldn’t post recipes that result in a sticky epic FAIL. I’m never making a recipe from here again, but I’m too lazy to unsubscribe, so I’ll probably be back in a week to troll some more.
…off to pry the goo off of my brand new (likely RUINED) Mauviel copper pot.
Perhaps next time try it with regular diet Coke, not Coke Zero. It might end up with a better result! Otherwise, I’m sorry to hear about your Mauviel copper pot. Good thing they have a lifetime warranty!
And to think I’ve been doing small batches of boiling water all wrong by microwaving it. Thank you so much for this valuable tutorial.
jane maynard says
you claim that this recipe is local, but I only use Evian water, so you are a LIAR.
you know what is just plain crazy right now? I have a serious comment. someone once told me you should never fill your pot with hot water from the tap because the hot water picks up, I don’t know, stuff along the way in the pipes and isn’t as pure. which I think is totally bogus. but whenever I fill my pot with hot water I think about it and feel a little guilty about, you know, the stuff that the water just picked up in the pipes and I am now feeding to my family. I think we’re probably okay. we’re still alive, so there’s that. but then your recipe for boiling water told me to fill the pot with cold water and my worries have resurfaced. thanks so much. 😉
great post, irvin!
Actually there’s truth to using cold water. Hot water can pick up impurities from the pipes as well as impurities from being held in the water heater. The New York Times actually wrote about it. And, as we all know, if it’s on the internet, it must be true.
look at that, this post is actually very informative! I learned something about boiling water.
I can’t believe the rumors are true. or at least NY Times Trues. So, okay, I will start using cold water!
All my posts are informative. Even the ones that don’t seem like they would be. 😉
Irvin, very detailed explanation of the Boiling Process. Thank you very much. Pinning. 54 times. I mean, my recipe *is* similar, but whatever. Your pictures are better. Plus: twine.
Also: I have a hydrogen allergy. Do you have any recommendations for a hydrogen-free substitute for water? I anxiously await your response.
I’m so sorry, I don’t have any suggestions for a hydrogen-free water substitutions. But maybe if you switched to a completely raw vegan gluten free diet your hydrogen allergy will go away. Have you tried that?
You are a genius! Thank you so, so, Soooooo much for answering my question!!
Camilla @ Culinary Adventures says
Very cute post, Irvin. Thanks for the giggles this afternoon.
Kate @ Diethood says
This is THE BEST post, ever. EVERRRR! I can’t stop laughing! Thank you!! 😀
There must be something wrong with this recipe. I made this with milk and it totally just ruined my favorite All-Clad pan. Sheesh.
I feel for you. I’ve tried it with milk and it just isn’t the same. I recommend sticking with water when making the recipe. Thanks for visiting!
greatest. post. ever.
Aimee @ Simple Bites says
Great post! Looks tasty. Adding it to my menu plan for the week.
OMG! I cannot stop laughing! I am laugh-crying! Plus the comments! Too much! Happy April 1st!
I got ICE. What did I do wrong? 🙁
This made me laugh out loud. I wish I had a snarky answer.
I have no idea. (but this has to be one of the best comments!)
Anita at Hungry Couple says
Best comment ever! I laughed so hard I scared the hell out of the dog!
Jenny Hartin says
What if you have a fear of water…as soon as I get this house off of me I’ll get a suitable substitution and your little dog too.
Hahahahahaha! I’d suggest maybe finding a different recipe to attempt. 😉
I’m from Australia, can you please convert this recipe for me?
You should be able to follow the recipe exactly the stated method above without any changes in the end result. Just be forewarned that if you have left over boiling water and you discard it in the kitchen sink, the water might circle and drain in the opposite direction than it would here in the United States. Or that might just be a myth. I’m not sure.
Oh aren’t you smart? Maybe you could start posting regularly about topics that decimate your peers with your creativity and wit…or maybe you could get over yourself? Screw April Fools; this kind of satire comes from a real place and it’s especially funny/sad because you are them!
Hi Lauren! I never said I was creative or witty but I’m so glad you thought I was! #Hugs!
That said, I ABSOLUTELY love people with a sense of humor, especially those who understand that a silly recipe posted on the internet, especially one that carries a disclaimer that it is a joke, can be written in such a way to make fun of not only their friends as well as themselves! After all, it’s CLEARLY obvious that when people write silly posts, they are making fun of themselves as much as anyone else and are fully aware of the fact.
Of course, I do think it’s really sad that there are so many people out there in the internet that have no sense of humor at all though. Don’t you? You’re right, they clearly need to get over themselves. Anyway thanks for stopping by!
Tanya Schroeder says
I followed the directions EXACTLY, but then I stepped away and by the time I returned to the pan the water was all gone!! Where did it go???
Awesome, awesome, awesome.
Clearly you have a thief that is breaking into your home and stealing the boiling water that you have labored over. I would highly recommend getting an alarm system for your home, and possible installing video webcams to see if you can capture the thief in the act. Good luck!
This is so funny because I was just thinking how much I LOVE water! I try to source mine locally (not all the way from the town reservoir), but still, I can’t wait to try this! And thanks for the step by step pics –– I feel like I can go out and boil my own water with absolute confidence.
Isn’t water the best? I love it!
Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out says
This post wins all the prizes. I’m laughing so hard I’m crying.
Sweet Neddy says
Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial. The pictures were really helpful, but I find following along with a video much easier – any chance you shot a video to go along this recipe?
Sadly my video equipment is in the shop or I would. But thanks for the suggestion. Perhaps next time!
So, I substituted orange juice for water, and the recipe total failed on me. geez, how hard can your job be? Please test your recipe before sharing it on the internet.
I love this. So much.
I’m so sorry your substitution didn’t work! I had someone else ask me this exact same question on my Facebook page. I told her that would only work if you used Cara Cara Oranges, not Valencia, Navel or Moro Blood. I also warned her that the resulting boiling water will taste and look a little different. Best to stick with the regular cold tap water like the original recipe instructed if you really are craving hot boiling water.
Pinning! Thanks for making that top image so positively pinnable. What font did you use for “How to Boil Water?”
How do you get your boards to crackle like that? Are you buying that Martha Stewart paint I see at Home Depot? I never had good results with that. Your posts are always so inspirational, and the photos really evoke strong memories of boiling water in my grandma’s kitchen. Her’s was always the best. Thanks for the helpful tips!
It’s my pleasure! I’m so glad my boiling water post reminded you of your grandma’s kitchen. She must have been really special to always hand make boiling water for you all the time…
This reminds me of the water my grandmother used to boil for my special birthday treat when I was just a girl…. unfortunately, she passed away before I could get the recipe. I think she used a cast iron pot -but otherwise, your recipe sounds really close. I can’t wait to try it!
If you make my recipe, please come back and let me know how my boiling water compares to your grandmother’s!
Betty Ann @Mango_Queen says
Cute, Irvin! Thanks for making us laugh today 🙂
Sweet Neddy says
Oh no…. my post asking for a video is gone! Maybe someone can make video while making this recipe – I just find it easier when making something for the first time if I can watch someone else make it.
So sorry my spam filter caught your first comment! As I said before, my video equipment is sadly in the shop… actually from water damage (how ironic I know). But maybe next time.
Julie @ Willow Bird Baking says
I tried to print this recipe and ended up printing ALL THE PHOTOS and it was 50 PAGES! I want to be reimbursed for my time and ink, please!! How do I print to my RSS feed? Or can I email this to my phone?
I’m happy to send you a check for your time and ink. Please give me your social security number and your bank account number as well as your full name and I’ll be sure to wire you money immediately.
A Nigerian Prince
This reply made me laugh the most, believe it or not. Finally I know what the Nigerian Prince does when he’s not busy emailing people about money- he’s boiling water!
Annalise @ Completely Delicious says
Bravo! Well done, Irvin. Still giggling over here.
Debi Bentley says
Thank Heavens you have this written down!! I have been trying for years to come up with an actual recipe for this… My BFF burns water ALL the time!! Poor thing, I dedicated “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” to her on her birthday one year.. I digress. I will print this out for her and frame it for her kitchen.. Again, THANK YOU!! (her family will thank you as well!)
Lucy Miranda says
Is this a joke? After all today is April fools day. There is no science in boiling water. Of course you need to used a clean pot. Preferable Stanley steel. Every cook and housewife knows this. The reason there is no instructions anywhere is because is such a simple procedure that is assumed that everyone knows how to do it.
Sharon | Cheesy Penniesn says
I use my crockpot for this. You can put the water in the night before, and then wake up in the morning and the whole house has that wonderful boiling water smell.
That’s a brilliant idea! Of course I don’t have a crockpot myself but if you do have one, I would certainly suggest that. The overnight slow simmer of the water would really give the it an amazing smell and incredibly flavor I imagine!
Geez, This has GOT to be the best April Fools Recipe! & I thought I nailed it with a Paltrowesque GOOPy recipe for brewed tea.
Aww thank you! What’s the link for the Paltrow-esque GOOP recipe? I’d love to consciously couple with it and read it.
LOL, Here it is.. something to pair with Ms. Goop’s (Ig) Nobel worthy recipe for boiled Egg
Oh it’s great! I like how you worked in the “consciously coupled” phrase…
Please help!! I tried your recipe but the end result doesn’t look as good as yours. Do you think it’s because I used a non-stick pot??
It’s possible. You just can’t get a nice a caramelized searing of the boiling water with a non-stick pot than with a regular pot, though the non-stick really is so much easier to clean up. I guess you sometimes have to compromise ease of use versus flavor. If you’re OK with the nonstick boiled water go for it. Otherwise maybe you should invest in a regular pot that doesn’t have the coating.
Kirsten / ComfortablyDomestic says
Would you mind asking Sabrina if she would consider a sort of library loan system for the baker’s twine? I’d like to try this recipe but I am sadly lacking in the twine department.
I have often thought that some food blogger out there should start a loaning library for props. Like a Netflix for plates, silverware and baker’s twine. It’ll make dozens of dollars! I’ll definitely ask Sabrina next time I see her if she wants to start that up and if she wouldn’t mind loaning you some twine. Because one can never have enough stripey twine.
Suma Rowjee says
You have no idea how much this recipe means to me! I have attempted this a million times , but my husband always complains that the water I boil doesn’t measure up to the water his mother boils. My mother-in-law refuses to part with her closely guarded secret recipe. Thanks to you, I have finally found THE recipe. You just saved my marriage! Thank you so very much, sniff, sniff!!
How can you blog a recipe for “absolutely gorgeous fun-to-drink super-fun-to-make cup of boiling water” and then claim that you’re “not responsible for any burns you may suffer from drinking boiling water”?
And I don’t know if you’re aware that a large part of the world does not drink water straight from the tap? Do you know most of them can’t get mason jars, baker’s twine or stripey straws either?
First you post an unsafe to make and drink beverage, and then you make a lot of us miserable because we can’t make it look gorgeous!
I’m sharing this on my Facebook page just so that people know your post for what it is! 😀
I live near the equator and its very difficult to get cold water coming out of the tap. Would it be best to use water from the fridge for the best taste?
Loved the post! Simply brilliant!
Does this recipe work at high altitudes? What if I don’t have a pot or water?
Home Cleaning KT6 says
Nice one 🙂 You grab my attention 😀
Miss Kim @ behgopa says
Lol. In culinary school, they taught us that a boil is like big man farts in a pool (while a poach is baby kiddy farts, simmer is lady farts).
Hehe I thought I was the only blogger that humorously shared an April Fools’ post. My readers seemed to have fell for it though. With the limits of pranking through a blog, I guess it takes some creativity.
Sj Dc says
You missed they’ll important buzzword – “CALORIE-FREE”!!!!!!!!
Heather // girlichef says
How would you recommend that I store leftovers, and about how long will they keep? Added to my must-try list!
Sia | Monsoon Spice says
I am doomed! Where do I find the mason jar, baker’s twine, ribbons, stripy straws, rustic background board, antique silver spoons/forks etc? I can NEVER be able to boil the water ever without them! I will never get to drink perfectly ‘pinnable’ boiled water!
~sob, sob ~
Thanks finally I am ready to take on the boiling water challenge, although I may have to tweak the recipe a bit (since I live in India and don’t have access to tap water that can be boiled without forming a layer of iron salts over it, which of course may alter the taste). Talking of concentrated flavour of water reminds me of this one trip to Germany where I was given a bottle of sparkling water by shopowners every time I asked for water, and then I had to tell them ‘normal water, ordinary water, etc). Only later realised that beer was cheaper so noone buys water there
Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says
Thanks for the reminder to steal straws from a wedding for my next drink pictures. Also, I’m sure one of my friends must have some of that string I can borrow too. Great ideas!
Kimberley Mulla says
Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been looking for step by step instructions for my kids because I love teaching them to cook and now they can make their very own boiled water. You are amazing. And I ran out of uses for mason jars and twine. Bravo.
I was so taken by this recipe when I read it yesterday that I had to try it last night!!!!!!!!!! I used my pressure cooker though. Keeping the steam in actually shoves extra water taste into your water, so it’s doubly watery. Just thought your readers might appreciate my tip.
That is such a great tip! I wish I had a pressure cooker because the double watery flavor is one of my favorites. I wonder if I can get Presto, Kuhn Rikon, or All-American to sponsor me for a post on pressure cooker boiled water….
Well now thanks to you and that restaurant in Brooklyn selling artisan boiled water for $5 a pop everyone is now saying it: “boiled water is the next cupcake”. How ridiculous! Shoot me if I ever pay more than $3. My grandma used to boil water for everybody when we were kids during our summer visit. I was mesmerized watching her and I never minded the skin burns all that much. It was amazing to see how she could get through the whole process without ever once referring to the recipe.
I KNOW! Boiled water is SO overpriced. That’s why I decided to write this recipe for how to make it at home. Homemade is always so much better (and cheaper!).
Seriously? How to boil water? Is this what food bloggers do all day? And get paid? What a sweet gig!
Oh and how many servings does this make?
You seriously made my morning. I love your spunk Irvin!! xo
Ha! This reminds me of when Martha Stewart showed us how to make perfect ice cubes for April Fools 🙂 Cute!
Lisa Viger is Raw on $1o a Day says
OMG … dude, really??? I’m a raw foodist. I don’t drink BOILED water. That stuff is terrible for you!!
[email protected] says
Awesome and witty post, love it.
Daniel Bourque says
I actually live in Canada, but not in BC. Can I still use my water for this recipe? If not, can you link to an Amazon store (with affiliate link) that has your brand of local water so I can try the same kind of water you use for optimal results?
Well my favorite water ever is Aqua Literz but sadly you can only buy it in full pallets so it’s seems a bit expensives ($1334.99 + $117.95 for shipping). But if you just get a group of friends together to split it, it’s not too bad!
[This comment is not sponsored by Aqua Literz. I was not monetarily compensated for this comment. All comments made by me are my own opinion and do no reflect the opinion of Aqua Literz. The link above is an affiliate link and I do make a minor percentage of whatever you buy from Amazon if you click through. Thank you for your time.]
Patricia Shea says
Thanks for the giggle – masterfully achieved!
Do you find any variation in the final product if you use electricity, natural gas or propane as a heat source? Perhaps a side by side comparison is in order…
I am SO doing a focus group blind taste test for that! Though I’m certainly not inviting that shady Sean to it. He screwed up the last focus group blind taste test…
DianeMargaret M says
I was SO eager to try your recipe, especially since I was lucky enough to have all the ingredients on hand!
No offense but, I found it to be rather tasteless. I mean, NO flavor at all !!!
Not to be put off from a good recipe, I tried it again today…with a few SLIGHT alterations.
I added some chicken (plus a smidge of bouillon powder), a couple handfuls of vegetables (carrots, celery, onions), and some assorted herbs/spices.
The result was SPECTACULAR!!! So lovely and full of flavor!!!
So, just a thought, in case I’m not the only one craving a little more flavor to their boiled water…never be afraid to experiment!!! 😉
You’re variation sounds wonderful! Though I have to admit, I’m a traditionalist. I like the classics. But next time I’m totally trying your version.
Shikha @ Shikha la mode says
Hahahahaha this is an amazing April Fools post – I actually read this the entire way before being like, wait what. Love it!
Since you show this in a mason jar, is it safe to assume that this recipe is suitable for canning?
Absolutely. But since boiled water is low acid, you’ll have to use a pressure canning method to preserve the goodness and keep it safe for future consumption. Please check out the pressure canning tutorials over at Punk Domestics if you are unfamiliar with it.
One of the very few food blog I love to read. Its like chatting with a friend.
Thanks so much Charul. That’s one of the best compliments I’ve gotten for my blog!
Sarah Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) says
Beautiful pictures! You really make the whole process come alive. One suggestion though: For really spectacular boiled water, this is much better made in a brick oven. It gives it that smokiness that makes boiled water extra special.
I do love a smoky charred boiled water. But, honestly, my method above is great for every day use. Something about the smokiness of the brick oven that is awesome but I only can drink so much of it. With my traditional method above, I can drink gallons of boiling water and still crave more!
Jennie Schacht says
Please forgive me because I was too lazy to read through all the comments and someone may already have asked my two questions and you may already have addressed them. Instead of pointing that out and making me search for them could you please rephrase if that’s the case? Please don’t just repeat what you said. You would lose my eternal respect of your exceptionally original writing style. (Wait, is that an oxymoron? Because if it’s original it can’t really be exceptionally so, can it? Oh, I just get so nervous writing to other writers. Am I an oxymoron? Or just a garden variety moron?)
Anyway, my questions:
#1: Your title suggests that this recipe is local and organic but my tap is not certified organic. I drove all around my 100-mile radius food shed but could not find any water that was certified organic. If I leave my food shed my parole officer will come after me. I mean…it will no longer be local. Can you suggest a source of local, certified organic water in my area? Or could you just bring me some?
#2: I had some problems with your recipe. As soon as I removed the saucepan from the heat the water immediately stopped boiling. It was just very hot water, but not the boiling water I was after. I tried checking the temp with my laser gun and sure enough, when you remove it from the heat it is no longer 100C or even 212F. When I tried to keep it at a boil on the stove all of the water disappeared. Can you tell me how I can prepare water that will remain at a boil without evaporating?
Thank you so much for this useful article. Once you help me with these two small issues I plan to make this practically every day!
#1. Good point! It’s hard because I take for granted living here in the San Francisco bay area that organic water is so easy to source. If you really want local and organic water, perhaps you should consider digging and creating a well in your backyard. The website Drill Your Own Well has plenty of tutorials and resources on how to make your own well, so you can source your own local and organic water! So easy and satisfying.
#2. This going to sound like an unorthodox method, but if you want boiling water in your mason jar glass without it cooling off by removing it from the heat source, my suggestion is to use a large pot with a heatproof rack inserted and placed at the bottom. Fill the pot with water and place a clean glass mason jar right side up on the rack. Then turn the heat of the stove on and bring the water (with the mason jar inside it) to a boil. When the water is boiling, carefully reach into the pot with a canning jar lifter and remove the mason jar filled with boiling water. Since the jar itself is at the same temperature as the boiling water there shouldn’t be much loss of heat, at least not for a minute or two.
Jennie Schacht says
Hey Irvin. So kind of you to reply.
#1: I live in the East Bay, dammit–we have no water to drill for. (Well, there was a bit earlier this week but my plants drank it all. Raw and unboiled! Just like that!)
#2: Thank you for your outstanding solution to the boiling-water-in-a-jar dilemma! Dare I ask…wouldn’t it be easier to put the jar of water in the microwave? Or is that just stooping too low?
PS: I got creative and flavored my boiled water with camellia sinensis (http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/camellia-sinensis-tea). It was really tasty but now I can’t sleep and feel oddly compelled to leave comments on blog posts.
Jacque Herron says
I’m so happy I saw your blog (Thanks Comfortably Domestic and Simply Recipes), I had no clue what to prepare for dinner tonight, and this will be perfect. Thanks!
Comfortably Domestic and Simply Recipes have so many great recipes, but I’m thrilled that you came here and will be making mine for dinner tonight! Enjoy.
I am so glad I found this! Finally! A gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, meatless Monday friendly, cane sugar-free, soy-free, peanut and nut tree-free, egg-free, dairy and casein-free, vegan, vegetarian, local and organic recipe the whole family can enjoy together!! Now I don’t need to make tweleve-teen different meals to meet everyone’s nutritional needs. You are a complete lifesaver!
And – you have no idea how much I needed a good laugh. Thank you!
Phyllis @ Oracibo says
Thank you so much…one of the funniest things I have read in such a long time…
This post and the comments have made my day so much so that I read it to my husband, and I plan to use it to help teach my English classes how to do instructional writing. GENIUS!
I’m no professional but I’m pretty sure you won the Internet.
Sweet as Sugar Cookies says
I’m sure that if you had looked in Pippa Middleton’s book, “Celebrate,” you probably would have found exactly the recipe you were looking for on how to boil water. Loved reading your post btw.
Can I use this same technique to create boiled water for things like my favorite instant gourmet hot chocolate? Or ramen noodles? Or is there another technique that needs to be followed? And you mentioned that cold water is the best. What about frozen water, otherwise known as ice. What if I fill a pot up with cold water, then freeze it, then proceed with your boiling technique by walking the frozen pot of cold water to the stove top? Will that work? Will it be even a better flavored boiled water? Do you even know these things? Are you even a food blogger? Or are you just pretending to be a food blogger? I thought all food bloggers had their own twine? You said that you had to “borrow” it from a friend? Really?
(I love you, Irvin.)
Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli says
Omg, I’m dying…DY-ING!! I bow down to you oh queen of sarcasm!! Also, I want that t-shirt! 😉
if I would have running water right now, I would definitely try this recipe :))
Laura @ My Friend's Bakery says
That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all week! Good for you!
how long will it keep? lol
love it Irvin!! it was great seeing you last week! Allison and I are still dreaming about that ice cream!
Shawn @ I Wash You Dry says
This is just brilliant! You’re a culinary hero to us all.
Brian @ A Thought For Food says
Do you have a certain kind of water you recommend?
Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says
I’m a little late, but this is hilarious!! I’ve loved every April Fool’s recipe joke that I’ve seen this year, but you really, really got into this one. Especially with the step by steps! Too funny.
Note: Cold water has more incorporated air. Hot water is “flat” due to the air drifting out in the hot water tank during heating. In a pinch, if you make this recipe beginning with hot water, you can restore the brightness (opposite of flat) by whisking in a little air just before drinking.
Oh my goodness, this post made me so happy. The twine. The jars. The superfluous herbs and especially the straw. This made me downright giddy. LOL. Thank you!
The Water Is Smiling says
While your post is indeed very thorough and the recipe complete, You missed something in your research because a college gal posted How To Boil Water in 2013 on The Collegiate Cooker.
I hope she doesn’t sue you for stealing her recipe! 🙂
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says
Have they called you yet begging you to write a cookbook with the main ingredient- water? If not — I would like to nominate you.
Georgia Leaker says
I wonder if you might have saved time by just using an eletric kettle? Boiling water in less than half the time!
Lisa (@lybliss) says
Irvin, you are now officially my food guru. Love your work x
Deepa @onesmallpot says
Omg what a novel method! And water is FINALLY coming into season here in Australia which is great as I’ve been DYING to try this recipe!
Thank you SO MUCH!
Christine @ Taste of Divine says
I don’t use water out of the faucet because our ancestors would never have drank that kind of water. Can I substitute river water instead?
This recipe looks delicious by the way, and your yummy pictures are literally making my mouth water!
Boiling water all well and good… but cameras??? Nikon? Canon? Olympus? No one would be able to boil water like you have with out photoshop actions!!! Which ones???
Meseidy Rivera says
I do not have a stove. Will the boiled water turn out any different if I use a fire? Could you please tell me how to get the best results when using a fire?
This recipe is the worst! I gave it one star but I would give it zero stars if that were possible. I followed the instructions exactly and waited for large rapid bubbles. It was awful, smelt burnt, almost like scorched and it took me half an hour to scrub the black stuff off the bottom of my pan. (Water is tasteless so I substituted milk.)
Synthia Leary says
@Mescidy Rivera no it won’t be different if you use fire 🙂
Betty Davies says
Something tells me that this is quite fun there. Great explanations. There is nothing better than a good old tea water preparations 🙂
Catherine Carter says
Betty I agree with you! In my opinion this method is very complicated !!
Betty Davies says
Well I wouldn’t say complicated, but it does need your full attention yea. Boiling water is not something that would make you feel good, but the way it is explained here is really good. Do not be afraid 🙂 🙂
Great post! Thank you for sharing your experience with us!
Kiera Hawkins says
My ovens stoves are a little bit different than yours Irvin, but, however, the final result was amazing!
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says
Hi, Irvin! I just shared this post with my FBC Food Group. We were discussing irritating 2016 trends and I had to share your post as one of the funniest I ever read. Hope you had a great New Year,
Nice! Thank you for sharing your experience with us!
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