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Old 08-11-2019, 01:46 PM   #1
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Cooking myths

What is the #1 cooking myth that you wish would disappear? For example, mine is that a ton of water is needed to cook pasta.

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Old 08-11-2019, 02:00 PM   #2
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:10 PM   #3
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A raw potato will suck the salt out of a pot of soup or stew!
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:32 PM   #4
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A raw potato will suck the salt out of a pot of soup or stew!
I haven’t heard that one before. Seems a little ridiculous to me.
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I haven’t heard that one before. Seems a little ridiculous to me.
I know. I even see it on the Food&Wine/Epicurious Twitter posts. Drives me crazy.
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:44 PM   #6
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What is their reason for it working? Is there an explanation or just “it works!!!”
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Old 08-11-2019, 06:55 PM   #7
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As the story goes, if you have a soup that's too salty, you cut up a raw potato and cook it in the soup for 15 minutes then take it out. Apparently they think a potato has magical qualities that table it to uncombined salt dissolved in liquid and selectively remove it. If anything, the potato can absorb some of the salty liquid. You can accomplish the same thing by using a ladle to take out the salty liquid and it's much faster.

Your best bet for a too salty soup is to add more unsalted liquid and herbs etc. to dilute the salt.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:03 PM   #8
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Pork Roll is Taylor Ham.

C'mon Bucky, you gotta' reply to that.

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Old 08-12-2019, 12:32 AM   #9
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A raw potato will suck the salt out of a pot of soup or stew!
That's one I've been hearing since I was a child!

There are so many myths, I can't pick a favorite! The worst ones are substitutes, that taste absolutely nothing like the real thing.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:59 AM   #10
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Beer butt chicken will taste like beer. Maybe if you beer brine the chicken first.
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