Myth 1: You should add oil to the cooking water to prevent the pasta from sticking.Click here to subscribe to Food & Family.
Fact: You shouldn't need to add any oil, if you use enough water. Aim for 4 to 6 qt. water per lb. so the pasta has plenty of room to cook.
Myth 2: You'll know pasta is done if it sticks when you throw it against the wall.
Fact: If your pasta sticks to the wall (or ceiling or wherever it lands), it's probably overcooked. Use the package directions as a guideline and test a piece about a minute before it should be done to see if it has the right texture.
Myth 3: You should rinse pasta after it's cooked.
Fact: Rinsing removes starch, and starch helps the sauce stick to the pasta. The only time you should rinse pasta is for a cold salad.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
My friend, Susan told me about Kraft's Food & Family magazine. It's free to subscribe to and it comes every few months. It's full of easy, tasty recipes. I am especially a fan of the desserts! I definitely recommend it to anyone who cooks. Along with the magazine, I get a weekly email with tips and yummy recipes. Today's email talked about some myths when it comes to cooking pasta. I thought they were pretty interesting: