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When boiling water for pasta, do you salt before the water reaches a boil or after?

Not sure it really matters, just curious!


Asked by JJsMoMMy519 at 11:43 AM on Nov. 12, 2010 in Food & Drink

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Answers (21)
  • Always before. That's what I was taught when I lived in Italy. My old landlord's wife taught me a lot about Italian cooking. That's the one food I use a lot of salt for. Then I put a ladle of pasta water in my sauce.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 2:36 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • after

    Answer by ballewal at 11:44 AM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • yes the salt wih help thwatwr boil faster

    Answer by dorispierce at 11:45 AM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Before. Salt will increase the temp at which it starts to boil. If you add it after, it will only affect the flavor but will not change the boiling point.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 11:45 AM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • before. I add it right after I put the pot on the burner and turn it on.

    Answer by horsesteelers at 11:46 AM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Before!

    Salty water boils quicker. Don't be shy with the italian once told me lots of salt is good. She practically put a handfull of salt in her homemade pasta....but it was soooooo gooooood!

    Answer by samurai_chica at 11:47 AM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Before

    Answer by SweetLuci at 3:22 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • after

    Answer by alexis_06 at 11:47 AM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Either after it boils, or right before it boils.

    Answer by jessicarae787 at 11:47 AM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Before

    Answer by xxMasonsMommaxx at 11:48 AM on Nov. 12, 2010

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