Tips, Myths and Lies
The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg, it’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances. –Unknown
We are going to mix it up a bit today and step away from a recipe…Instead we are going to talk about a few random cooking tips that you may or may not find useful. But take my word for it, you will remember them the next time you need to boil a pot of water, need to juice a lemon or fry up some bacon.
Boiling water– Okay, stop, I’m not making fun of you, nor will I tell you how to boil water. I want to tell you about boiling water to dispel a myth. Well, not really a myth but something that is not good for your cooking.
We know (if you paid attention to chemistry in school, which I didn’t…), that water boils at 212 degrees F. So, it stands to reason that if you are in a hurry, and you have to bring the temperature up, we can “speed up the process” and use water from the hot water tap right?
Well like I said, it’s not really a myth because you can do that. So WHY WOULDN’T you do that?
Hot water is water that goes to a hot water tank, where it sits in a metal cistern, with heating coils and elements. It collects scale and other things that truly alter the flavor of the water and not in a good way.
You want to use cold water (make sure the tap it turn to the coldest setting) and bring that to a boil. Yes its not as quick but it is totally necessary.
Citrus Juice (lemons, limes and oranges)
Whenever a recipe calls for the juice of citrus fruits, or if you simply want to make lemonade, here’s a quick tip to get the most from your fruit. Take your fruit and place in warm to hot water for 5 minutes. You will extract a lot more juice from the fruit.
Water doesn’t “brown”- when you are making a dish with bacon, pancetta or wanting to brown up meat you need to remember that water will stop the browning process. For instance, if you are cooking up onions and bacon, make sure you get your bacon as crisp and and brown as you like before adding the onions. (Onions have LOTS of water in them). If you add onions and bacon at the same time it will take forever for your bacon to brown or crisp up.