Cooking either in boiling water, or by heating the food until boiling

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Why add salt to the water when cooking pasta?

What is the effect of adding salt to the water when cooking pasta?
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Pasta: Simmering Water or Rolling Boil?

I recently got into a surprisingly heated argument with a friend about what level of boil you should cook your pasta at. He (an engineer) argued that the heat transfer would remain the same regardless ...
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What's the best way to tell that pasta is done (when boiling)?

I've tried a number of different ways to tell when spaghetti, capellini and other pasta types are done, but I'm curious if there are more specific rules of thumb. With regular spaghetti, I've tried ...
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When you cook spaghetti, do you add olive oil to the boiling water?

Many people (at least in Germany) think that Italians add olive oil to the boiling water for spaghetti. However, Italians tend to tell the opposite (from my experience). So, can you please state ...
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At what point is water considered “at a boil?”

Lots of recipes call for waiting for the water to come "to a boil." However I have never been sure when that is. From my viewpoint it could be at three different points: First start to see small air ...
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Can food be boiled “extra fast/hard” in water?

Once water is boiling you can either leave the heat on quite high, or turn it down a bit so that it just keeps boiling. Apart from extra water vaporating, does this have any effect on the taste of ...
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Cooking dried corn

I'm trying to cook some dried corn that normally is meant for popcorn. I've soaked it 36 hours using bottled water and then rinsed it multiple times with tap water. After that I cooked it for about ...
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How to soft boil an egg

Is there a fool proof way to make sure the white of the egg is set but either all or some of the yolk remains runny?
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Does water that's been left to sit and then reboiled taste different from fresh water boiled once?

This may sound like a silly question, but I've always wondered: If I boil some water and use some of it and leave the remainder in the kettle, and then a few days later boil that same water again, ...
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What causes water to boil over?

What are the mechanics of water boiling over? How can you stop it from happening? Is it more likely to happen with certain ingredients? Which? How does the amount of water effect the likelihood of ...
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When boiling water, why start from cold?

A question about probably the most mundane subject in cooking: boiling water. For cooking techniques where you drop ingredients in simmering or boiling water - such as for vegetables, pasta, many ...
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Why add salt to the water when cooking rice?

Given the great answer to the question on adding salt to water when cooking pasta, I am curious whether the same explanation holds for rice as it does for pasta (flavor and starch gelation)? Is there ...
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Peeling tomatoes

I have a recipe that calls for peeling tomatoes. I've found elsewhere that this is often done by boiling them and letting the skin lift away during that process. Is there anything else that can make ...
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Will adding lemon juice to non-wheat pastas make them starchier?

I read in this question: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/2574/why-add-salt-to-the-water-when-cooking-pasta that adding an acid like lemon juice to water you're cooking pasta in will help ...
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Does water boil faster with the lid on?

When bringing water to a boil from cold water, what effect does a lid have on the time to boil? Does it increase or decrease the time? How much? Why?
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How can I rescue a soft boiled egg that is too soft?

I love a boiled egg, but it has to be soft. On occasion I get it just too soft, so some of the white is still 'snotty'. Oviously I only discover this once I have opened the egg, when it is too late ...
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Quickest, and safest way, to bring milk to boil

So I made homemade cottage cheese yesterday that had me cook the milk until it was just about to boil. I had it on the stove for at least half an hour because I didn't want it to start boiling the one ...
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Using a wooden spoon to prevent pots from boiling over?

Someone recently told me that placing a wooden spoon across the top of a pot will prevent boilovers. Could somebody explain to me why this is the case?
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Peeling and dicing potato before boiling it

I've mostly seen people peel a potato after it has been boiled and then cutting it to pieces if required. Given it's muddy exterior, I find it cleaner (and probably takes less heat) to remove the skin ...
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Best moment to put salt in spaghetti?

Different friends have conflicting theories about the best moment to pour salt into spaghettis: Before putting the spaghettis, so that the salt infiltrates inside the spaghetti. Just a bit before ...
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Implied cooking temperatures on food packaging

Every time I follow directions I see instructions like this: Bring water to boil Stir in pasta Return to rapid boil Cook for 6 minutes for al-dente I set the stove burner to high for Step 1. Do I ...
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How can I stop the cooking in my chicken and noodle soup?

I usually enjoy my chicken noodle soup right after cooking it to perfect noodle doneness. Most of what I cooked goes into the fridge. My problem is that while I'm waiting for the left-over soup to ...