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Old 05-10-2006, 11:21 AM   #31
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:23 AM   #32
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Isn't adding salt before water boiles hard on your pots? Thought I seen that somewhere here awhile back.
Yes it can be, but it is just cosmetic. For me I don't care as my pasta pot is a cheapo one anyway so I really don't care what it looks like. For those that do care you do have a point!
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:32 AM   #33
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I always say the water should be as salty as the ocean if not your pasta will be really bland.
I found that salting the water is more important than whether to oil or not. Giada's grandfather came from a line of pasta gurus. Mario Batali knows what he if doing. They always salt the water. I have found that it does make a big difference. Salt always adds savor.
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Old 05-10-2006, 12:00 PM   #34
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Here's a follow up question... to rinse or not to rinse.... and why? I never did growing up and can't remember why I do now...
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Old 05-10-2006, 12:03 PM   #35
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Don't rinse. Rinsing washes off the starch and the starch is what helps the sauce stick to the pasta.
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If you're serving the pasta hot with a sauce, don't rinse. If you're cooking pasta for a cold pasta salad, rinse.
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Just a moment, please, I don't understand....
About what are you speaking? May be you don't salt pasta? Or Have I not understood?
And what do you mean with "rinse" pasta?
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Old 05-10-2006, 12:50 PM   #39
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Here's a follow up question... to rinse or not to rinse.... and why? I never did growing up and can't remember why I do now...
Depends on what you want to put on the pasta. As GB says it rinses off the starch so sauces won't stick as well. There are some sauces that are thick enough on their own that they don't need the help from the starch.
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Old 05-10-2006, 12:51 PM   #40
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Rinsing pasta refers to draining the pasta and then holding it under running water. Some people grew up always rising (or washing) their pasta after it was done cooking.

Before I knew what I was doing in the kitchen I would always do that, but I honestly have no idea what ever gave me the idea that I should. I am glad I have stopped that practice.
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