How to Make Water Boil Faster
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Boiling water is as easy as it gets. It's also a myth and hearsay technique, but you are not here to tell the stories of these old women. You just want to find out how to boil water faster, whether you're cooking your favorite pasta or blanching a vegetable as a side dish for your meal. We will get there, but first we want to root out the untruths. One particularly persistent myth is that adding salt will cause the water to boil longer. Chemically it is true that salt raises the boiling point; However, the amount of salt used in cooking is so small that it doesn't affect timing. Consider this myth debunked, but what always will be true is that you should flavor your water - especially for pasta!
Another myth that directly contradicts the truth is that cold water boils faster than hot. Sometimes the obvious answer is really the right one: hot tap water boils absolutely faster than cold. Now that we have debunked the myths, here's what you need to do to cook.
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Keep the pot covered
Trying to boil water in an uncovered saucepan is a bit like trying to run backwards up a hill: you'll get there eventually, but why fight? Just put a lid on firmly and you can easily save yourself a few minutes.
If you increase the surface area with a wide pot or pan, more water will be exposed to the hottest part of the pot, the bottom. It's great for thin vegetables like green beans that can be flattened in a pan, but isn't the best option for foods that require a deep pot like a head of cabbage.
Use less water
Not everything you cook takes a huge tub of water - not even pasta! Just make sure you stir occasionally to keep the food floating around.
Take a shortcut with your kettle
Using a kettle starts the cooking process. Boiling water in a kettle before pouring it back into the pot to boil again may seem awkward, but it is still a time saver.
Cooking at great heights
This last tip isn't very useful for anyone living at sea level, but it's still good to know. At sea level, the water boils at 212 ° F, but the higher you are in altitude, the lower the boiling point, reducing the time to cook by a few minutes.
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