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Process of vaporizing a liquid. Boiling water destroys most microorganisms (but may not destroy spores or viruses), solidifies (denatures) albumin, weakens fibrin and muscle proteins in meat, bursts starch granules, and softens cellulose in cereals and vegetables.


bringing to the boil.

boiling fowl
a mature hen of about 2 years of age, suitable for eating but requires prolonged cooking.
boiling test
meat that has a taint or which is beginning to decompose can have its bad odor intensified, for the purpose of convincing the doubters, by boiling a sample of it. Meat that is less than 24 hours old does not perform well in this test.

Patient discussion about boiling

Q. how do i get rid of boils I have been plagued by boils for about 3 to 4 years now, i get a boil, go to the doctor, get antibiotics, take them for 10 days, and about a week later the boils are back. I came accoss this site a week ago and learned about (turmeric) i purchased some, i've been taking it and i still manage to get more boils, i have one existing boil right now and a new one is forming please help because i don't have health insurance and it cost to much to keep going to the doctor and getting medicine for boils only to have the boils occur back in a weeks time please help, demario y

A. Have you ever consulted a dermatologist (a doctor that specialize in skin problems)? He or she may diagnose the problem more accurately and address it better. What you describe may be acne or other disease that are treated by such doctors.

Anyway, you can find several suggestions about preventing boils here ( and here (

Q. hey how about having brown rice in place of white or boiled rice…….?

A. Brown rice is a good carb, plus I personally think it tastes delicious.

Q. what should i do if i got burned from boiling water? how should i take care of my self? will i get a scar?

A. ooooOOOooo! i hope you are asking a hypothetic question... a friend wife of mine still got scars from a boiling water accident a few years back. anyway, here is a site that gives instructions on how to react after burns. boiling water is probably second degree burns:

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The demons of wrath and despair have striven to emulate those who ride the whirlwind and direct the storm; and man, lashed into madness with the roaring winds and boiling waters, has become for the time as wild and merciless as the elements themselves.
As a whirlpool of boiling waters has a centre point, so, all this raging circled round Defarge's wine-shop, and every human drop in the caldron had a tendency to be sucked towards the vortex where Defarge himself, already begrimed with gunpowder and sweat, issued orders, issued arms, thrust this man back, dragged this man forward, disarmed one to arm another, laboured and strove in the thickest of the uproar.
As a man crossing a wide plain is dismayed to find himself on the brink of some great river rolling swiftly to the sea--he sees its boiling waters and starts back in fear--even so did the son of Tydeus give ground.
It takes at least five minutes to fully de-ice a car so a kettle of boiling water is always a tempting option but one that should be avoided at all costs.
A man who had a New Year row with his alcoholic wife threw a saucepan of boiling water over her and left the house looking as though it had been hit by an earthquake, a judge was told.
Crystal Clear is a cheaper alternative to bottled water and more convenient than boiling water.
Place vegetables in basket; lower into boiling water.
TASTE ADVENTURE makes Split Pea Soup and Curry Lentil Soup that just need boiling water and 5 minutes.
Saying that someone had trouble boiling water used to be a description of a really challenged cook.
Susun Weed, a naturopathic author and director of the Wise Woman Center in Woodstock, New York, recommends steeping an ounce of dried leaves in a quart of boiling water for at least four hours.
Use a heaping tablespoon of crumbled flower seeds per cup of boiling water.
Old Faithful blows its top every 79 minutes, on average, with intervals between eruptions ranging from 45 to 105 minutes, depending on the amount of boiling water left in the fissure when the geyser runs out of steam.