do you cover your foods and let them simmer when you cook , how long is best ?

@laken02 (3068)
United States
April 18, 2012 7:44pm CST
i have to work tomorrow but i will still be home in time to cook hubby's regular lunch another great part of my job, so we agreed when he left we would have stuffed peppers again for lunch tomorrow so i told him i would go ahead and make the feeling for them tonight and that way tomorrow all i have to do is stuff and bake and so i was making them and adding some new ingredients that some of you told me would be good on my other post i made about peppers.. so i got my lid out while i was washing dishes and i put it on the skillet and tuned the heat on medium and let the feeling simmer until my dishes were done. and i think it made a difference in the taste as well.. that and the new spices but it turned out great. just wondering if i should let all my foods simmer like that and how long and if it can bring out more flavor .. my granny use to make homemade gravy every morning and id watch and she would say let that gravy flup, meaning just let it cook and bubble she said it maked it better and it was the best tasting gravy ive ever ate .. so maybe there is something to simmering.. something i never did before.. any thougths on it..
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@celticeagle (114326)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Apr 12
I think I would have simmered the filling for awhile before putting it in. For soups and beans letting them simmer for 15-20 minutes before serving(that is after all is tender and 'done')and then put the cheese and/or pepper on before serving for great taste. If it is a dish like potato soup or beans you don't want to let it simmer too long or can become mushy and too well done.
@laken02 (3068)
• United States
19 Apr 12
i love to put soups and pinto beans in my crockpot and cook along time until good and done and tasty.. im learning new tricks to make things taste better and not be in a hurry no more and take my time and get it right, hubby appreciates it as well as he is not acting like the past and not eating it if it is not just right, he said he would eat my stuffed pepper filling but it needed more flavor still so he was nice about it, we've both came a long way, got to go to work take care have fun today :)
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@celticeagle (114326)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Apr 12
Unless it's fish or meat that will get tough I like to get all the ingredients together and then let it cook in its own juices for awhile. Gets nice and tender and tasty. I just don't care for the stuffed pepper filling that just tastes like meatloaf. I like it to taste alittle different from that.
@almond24 (1251)
• Hungary
19 Apr 12
When I learned cooking I always wanted to cook the food quickly because I spent so much time preparing the food anyways... but I learned that cooking on slow heat is much better so now I cook that way too. After simmering it not only tastes better, but everything is nice soft but doesn't fall apart like it does for me sometimes after cooking quickly. Cokking on a low heat also helps to keep more of the vitamins in the food, so it's better for our health too. I don't even know what gravy is made from. We make different sauces, and I tried gravy once or twice abroad, but it is quite unknown where I live.
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@laken02 (3068)
• United States
19 Apr 12
omg homemade gravy and biscuits are so good , its waht i grew up on lol here is a quick way to fix it and try if you like, i always pick a meat to have with it, either sausage, or bacon, so lets say you want to do sausage, you fry your sausage and take it out of the pan, then you use that sausage grease that is left in the pan to make your gravy, next you add flour to thickne, and salt and pepper to taste, then stir and when it thickens you add milk to it about a bowl full and stir and let that all cook together and add salt and pepper if needded.. serve with any kind of biscuits, we use grands alot.. but i love homemade too.. well got to go to work have a great day..:)
@almond24 (1251)
• Hungary
19 Apr 12
It sounds great, thank you for sharing it Maybe I can try it with veggie broth too, but I guess that tastes different. Now I got something to finish those biscuits with that I have at home, lol! Have a great day
• United States
19 Apr 12
I am not too sure about it. but I think sometimes it is best to let things simmer awhile to get a proper blending of the spices and other ingredients. I know it makes a difference when I am making my spaghetti sauce. If I let it cook just a little bit longer it seems to have a better, richer flavor.
@laken02 (3068)
• United States
19 Apr 12
that is what i thought as well, i wish i had let it simmer awhile longer but i thing it will be ok i simmered it for at least 10 minutes with a lid.. it still lack the spice my hubby wants but he still said it was good. so i still trying lol if ii did'nt tell you he's very picky lol take care have a great day
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• United States
19 Apr 12
If he wants it spicey try adding a small amount of cayenne pepper to it. That's what I add to spice things up a bit!!
@HomeBase (1054)
• United States
19 Apr 12
Simmering can be a good thing. It really just depends on the type of food that you are cooking. A lot of trial and error. A lot of foods taste really good when cooked slowly, that is why I LOVE my crock pot. Put the food in there, and let it cook for hours and when it is done it is so nice and tender. Yummy. Stuffed peppers sounds SO good. I have not had stuffed peppers in a LONG time.
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@laken02 (3068)
• United States
19 Apr 12
i like my crock pot too but never thought about using it for the stuffed pepper fillling.. i guess it could have slow coooked over night on low.. but i think it will be ok, i did let it simmer after it was done about 10 or 15 minutes.. so oday after work i will come home make them, baked potato and a salad and ffrench bread yummie, i like to use my crock pot alot to cook homemade soup beans yum..
• United States
19 Apr 12
Slow cooking (simmering) on the stove is good. I do it a lit. It just tastes so much better than when stuff is just thrown together and cooked fast.
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@laken02 (3068)
• United States
19 Apr 12
im still learning more and more as i cook, i got up when hubby came home last night and he tryed the stuffed pepper feeling and said it was goood but still lacked the flavor.. so i give up lol.. no we willl soon get it to the right taste im going to the store on my way home from work today to get more peppers.. im glad there good for you as well.. i have a feeling we will burn out on then before too long . lol