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lower temp on a stove top?

Nipsey Russell | Apr 13, 2012 11:18 AM

what is the best way to get an even lower temp on a gas stove top than the "low" setting?
i am seeing heat diffusers on amazon and assume these are the right tool for the job. What material is best? I see iron, steel, aluminum, copper?
examples:
http://www.amazon.com/Ilsa-7-Inch-Cas...
http://www.amazon.com/Simmer-Mat-5200...

backstory: i tried to poach fish in olive oil and the recipe said (from memory, i might not have the temps exactly right) - heat oil to 150, drop in fish, keep it around 130. well, at the lowest temp on the stove top i couldn't keep the oil below almost 160 so the fish was a bit overcooked.
this is the situation i want to fix at the lowest price point

thanks!
n

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