Originally Posted by Gretchen
Surely you aren't suggesting not salting pasta water.
No one is suggesting that Gretchen. What Jenny is saying is that adding pasta or potatoes to something that is too salty is not a way to remove the extra salt.
There is an old wives tale that says if you over salt something then you can add slices of potato and the potato will "selectively" remove the salt while leaving everything else, kind of like a salt magnet. You re then supposed to get rid of the potato thus getting rid of the extra salt. This simply does not work. The same holds true for past which is what Jenny was saying.
Yes if you leave the potatoes or pasta in the dish then the concentration of salt will be less, but you have then changed the dish completely.