One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Reduce the volume of a liquid by boiling.‘they boil down the syrup until it is very thick’
condense, concentrate, reduce, distil, thicken, compressView synonyms
- ‘The company, like other ‘renderers,’ takes what is left of the cow after it is slaughtered and boils it down into tallow, used for candles, lubricants and soaps, and bone meal used in fertilizer and animal feed.’’
- ‘Meanwhile the cooking liquor would be boiled down to make a thickened gravy.’
- ‘When we decided to become a bit more professional about sugarmaking, we began by looking for a small stainless steel pan, or ‘evaporator,’ which holds the sap while it is boiled down to syrup.’
- ‘After the oil is boiled down, it is sealed into casks, and put into storage.’
- ‘The amount of red wine the recipe called for seemed rather too small to me, so I used more wine - about three times as much - by boiling it down to the same volume as indicated in the recipe.’
- ‘Skim the fat from pan juices, and reduce the drippings by boiling them down to a delicious sauce.’
- ‘By the time the chicken was done, the accompanying vegetables had been boiled down into a soggy mush.’
- ‘After the tomatoes are boiled down, simmer at lowest heat setting for 90 minutes to two hours.’
- ‘Dissolve the sugar in a little water over a high heat and boil the resulting syrup down to the softball stage.’
- ‘If the liquid is too thin for a gravy, just put it in a pan on the stovetop and boil it down to reduce to a nice consistency.’
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