Why do people put salt in water when boiling it?

Answer Many recipes, such as those on pasta boxes, call for adding salt to water when boiling it. This is because salt raises the boiling point of water, allowing the food to cook at a higher temperature.... Read More »

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Science Projects About Salt and Water Boiling?

Science projects that test how salt effects the boiling point of water require few materials and are easy to set up. All you need is water, table salt, a cooking pot, a thermometer and measuring cu... Read More »

What effect does table salt have on the boiling temperature of water?

When table salt is added to boiling water, the water will boil at a slightly higher temperature, cooking the food faster; but according to Joe Kissell, of "Interesting Thought of the Day," the chan... Read More »

Why do you add salt when boiling potatoes or pasta?

To make it taste saltier! I'm amazed by all the answers here that are claiming something else (it's oil you add to prevent sticking, and al dente just refers to how long you cook it). It's true th... Read More »

When boiling spuds what can you add to the water to improve the taste?

Are the spuds being served as a side, or are they going to be used as part of a recipe? As a side, add a little salt. If they are being used for something like mashed potatoes, don't boil them. ... Read More »