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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!

 
JJsMoMMy519

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.
    Izsarejman

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

  • after
    ballewal

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

  • yes the salt wih help thwatwr boil faster
    dorispierce

    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.
    Jademom07

    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.
    horsesteelers

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

  • Before!

    Salty water boils quicker. Don't be shy with the salt....an 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!
    samurai_chica

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

  • Before
    SweetLuci

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

  • after
    alexis_06

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

  • Either after it boils, or right before it boils.
    jessicarae787

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

  • Before
    xxMasonsMommaxx

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