Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday - Preboiling Water for Pasta

I've often wondered why, when folks are going to heat up a huge pot of water for cooking, that they don't start off with hot water from the tap to cut down on the time it takes to get it all boiling.

Well recently I've been reading about how that isn't so "safe". Not sure if I really believe it or not (and I still do it sometimes).

But here's an idea for when you need a large pot of boiling water, for something like pasta, and you are not too sure when you are going to need to throw the pasta in. Scenario: Suppertime is generally 5:30 PM but at 4:55 your husband (of wife - depends on who does the cooking) calls to say he's stuck in traffic and ain't sure when he'll be home.

Pasta is not the kind of food that you can just keep warm on the back burner for any length of time - and yet you know that from cold water to boiling water it's gonna take awhile and you don't want to wait until he is in the driveway to turn the water on.

So here's something I do - I just go ahead and boil the water right away - and then turn it off and cover it. When hubby walks in the door - I turn on the stove and the water is boiling lickety-split.

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Anonymous said...

That's what I do! Besides, husbands can spend some time with the kids while the pasta gets ready.

Kara said...

That's a great idea and I'll use it because this seems to happen to me a lot!!

markrages said...

To boil water in a hurry, divide it into several pots on the stovetop. Then combine the boiling water into the big pot. Small pots boil faster.