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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