Busting the Most Common Kitchen Myths

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Salt Your Water to Make It Boil Faster: MYTH
Have you been living under the assumption that if you salt your water, you'll bring it to a boil faster? McKeller... more 
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Salt Your Water to Make It Boil Faster: MYTH
Have you been living under the assumption that if you salt your water, you'll bring it to a boil faster? McKeller says that you're actually creating the opposite effect, because when you add salt to water, it raises the boiling temperature of water by a few degrees. While the degree change from adding salt is not drastic enough to affect how long it takes the water to boil, you're certainly not helping yourself by doing it.
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Fri, Mar 22, 2013 4:42 PM EDT
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.



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. - Anne Dolce, The Daily Meal



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