Boiling and simmering on an electric hob


Electric cookers and hobs can be simpler to use than their gas-powered counterparts – and can also help bring your bills down. That said, if you've just switched from gas, there are few differences that can take some getting used to.

Helpfully, we've put together these guidelines to help you get used to simmering and boiling with your electric hob:

  • Bringing something to the boil slowly: Turn the hob to a medium temperature (either 3 or 4), then turn it down one notch when it starts to go into a simmer.
  • Bringing something to the boil quickly: Set the hob to the highest temperature to get things boiling quickly. When it boils, turn it down to 1 or 2 until it starts to simmer. Then you can turn the hob up to 3 to keep simmering.
  • Bringing sauces to the boil: Sauces usually need to be kept at a constant temperature. Once the sauce has heated up enough, turn the hob down to one below the actual setting you want – then once it's settled, turn it back to the setting you want for a steady simmer.


If there's any other help you needed with your electric cooker, contact one of our Team Knowhow Experts here.

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