Busting the Most Common Kitchen Myths

You won’t be fooled much longer, because we’re telling you the truth behind some of the oldest kitchen fables

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You may be working under false pretenses in the kitchen.

Do you do something religiously in the kitchen just because your mother told you to? Salting the pasta water to make it boil faster, storing coffee in the freezer to extend its life span, or searing a steak for juicier meat are all tips we’ve picked up over the years for how to be a better cook, but the truth is that some of these tips are actually just myths.

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Enter Angela McKeller, award-winning recipe writer and author of Gluten-Free Made Easy as 1, 2, 3: Essentials for Living a Gluten-Free Life, whose years of experience in the kitchen have taught her what to believe and what not to believe. McKeller has some surprising facts about certain rules that we’ve been living by in the kitchen, and she walks us through the most common ones and spells out the truth behind them.

Think you’re destroying your mushrooms when you give them a quick rinse under the faucet? Think again. Want to know the truth behind adding marbles to milk or heavy cream? We’ll tell you. Some of the most well-known kitchen myths may not be as truthful as you’ve been led to believe, and McKeller puts all of your doubts to rest. We hope you join us in our myth-busting brigade.

Anne Dolce is the Cook editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce


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This aticle is currently unavailable for a good reason...it's a bunch of crap! How about just keeping it "down"?

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If you look at the heat capacity of salt water, you will find that it is less than pure water. In other words, it takes less energy to raise the temperature of the salt water 1°C than pure water. This means that the salt water heats up faster and eventually gets to its boiling point first.
Does water boil faster if you put salt in the water? - SwRI ...
<a href="http://www.swri.org/10light/water.htm" title="www.swri.org/10light/water.htm">www.swri.org/10light/water.htm</a> So you add the salt to water BEFORE you turn the stove on.......Because WHY would you add salt to BOILING WATER except to flavor it

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If you look at the heat capacity of salt water, you will find that it is less than pure water. In other words, it takes less energy to raise the temperature of the salt water 1°C than pure water. This means that the salt water heats up faster and eventually gets to its boiling point first.
Does water boil faster if you put salt in the water? - SwRI ...
<a href="http://www.swri.org/10light/water.htm" title="www.swri.org/10light/water.htm">www.swri.org/10light/water.htm</a> So you add the salt to water BEFORE you turn the stove on.......Because WHY would you add salt to BOILING WATER except to flavor it

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Who wrote this misinformed article??? As mentioned earlier you add salt for flavor and to increase temperature which then shortens cook time much the same way a pressure cooker does. It doesn't speed up boiling but it does speed up cook time.

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Then please explain when you have plain high rolling boiling water , you throw green beans and a good pinch of salt why there is there is a surge of bubble , I have seen it for the last 40 years .......

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Your mother was retarded... adding salt INCREASES boiling temp (216F vs. 212F), NOT make it boiler faster. Allowing faster cooking by raising boiling point. At high elevations water boils at even lower temps, so salting gets is closer to sea-level temp.

Salted water coming to a boiling faster happens when the salt REPLACES the water volume, not ADDED to a volume of water, so less water must be heated, resulting in quicker boil times.

Salting also flavors the water and prevents over-absorption of pure water though osmosis (pool water prunes the hands faster than ocean water.

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This article, written by Anne Dolce, is the most useless, inane, uninformative, crap I've ever read in my 50 plus years of being a chef. Couple that with the inane, unnecessary 'captcha' to prove I'm a human, and I'll never come back to this POS site.

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Will putting a lid on a pot of water bring it to the boiling temperature of 100 Celsius sooner than without the lid...? If your answer is yes, than adding salt is nothing more than putting an ionic 'lid' on a pot of water and the temperature effects can be explained in much the same manner.

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Mom always put a little salt in the pasta water but it was to add flavor, not make the water boil faster, she turned up the heat to do that.

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the link to kitchen myths doesn't work.

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So, if I remember correctly in my physiology lab in school, we did an experiment & didn't salt added to water makes the boiling point lower? Now you got me thinking...hmmm...

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The ONLY myth is AOL cares ?????

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Really wanted to see the 9 Kitchen Myths busted but for 1/2 hour the site was unavailable.

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you dont add salt to pasta water to make it boil faster, you add salt because thats the only time you can get flavor into the pasta

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Clicked three times on this article, but don't let me open the 9 Myths?

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The reason to add salt to water (like for pasta) is to make it taste good! Not to make it boil faster...

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No it may not make the water boil faster but boy howdy will have flat, odd tasting pasta without it! And another totally untrue myth, NO applying salt to your steak before cooking will NOT make it nor will washing your mushrooms cause them to gain weight!

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The myth is that we add salt to speed boiling. We add salt to raise cooking temperature.

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The myth is that we add salt to speed boiling; we add salt to raise cooking temperature.

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We add salt to boiling water to raise the temperature, which facilitates cooking.

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Wrong about salt. It is added to boiling water to raise the temperature, and for flavor enhancement.

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I salt pasta water to help flavor the pasta and I sear my steak for the flavor. And a dull knife is the devils play ground.

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Can't even bring myself to read this article. It says to never add "this" to your boiling water and states that many believe it will speed up the time it takes to start boiling and that the opposite is true. Actually, salt is added to water when boiling certain foods, like pasta, to season the food. And adding it to already boiling water is exactly when you add it. adding it to water before it boils will lengthen the time it takes to come to a boil. Poorly written all the way around.

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