hi,can someone explain to me why they would have a simmer on the dial of the stove with low,medium ,high heat if it does nothing....like the OP in the thread want to make sure am i truly simmering heat to low,said. He had beans he brought to simmer on the the dial,it just sat there. new to cooking....so i ask why and what are u suppose to use it for?
Simmer would be the lowest heat on the burner. If you want to simmer something, you first bring something up to a slow boil (with bubbles), and then you often put it on the lowest heat (in this case "simmer") the finish the cooking without everything boiling away or burning.
Your "simmer' setting might be hot enough to simmer something in a small covered sauce pan but not a big pot of beans.
Part of learning how to cook is adjusting to your particular situation.
I can remember my mom getting aggravated because a recipe said to bake at 350 for 20 minutes or something and me saying it wasn't done. "It has to be done, it said 20 minutes"
To me a simmer means just on the verge of wanting to boil, maybe a bubble or three popping up slow enough that you could count them.