>boil water >insert pasta

I refuse to believe people actually do this. It makes simple pasta-dishes take twice as long. Why don't you just put the pasta in as it's heating up?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    because i'm not a moronic zoomer

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >60IQ take

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly, habit. I've read about people who've tested the cold-start method versus the rolling-boil method but I can't remember what they concluded. I do it the way I've done it for 35 years and it works fine for me.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    loonixmoder

    >boiling pasta separately

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      this
      if you really wanna save time just put pasta in the pot (or a pan if you refuse to break your pasta) with the sauce and a tiny bit of water.
      I plop a few mushrooms and homemade frozen meatballs in too for good measure.
      by the time the water boils off it'll be ready (and it will boil much faster since there's less water). plus you'll only have one pot to clean.

      takes less than 10 minutes to cook. I do it this way and most of my time is spent cutting the mushrooms.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I had a supposedly smart friend growing up and this is the hill he chose to die on. He put pasta in cold water and refused to preheat the oven. I politely explained to him that yes, it still works that way and might even save him a couple minutes but it invalidates the cooking instructions.

    He's a rich lawyer now and I'm still posting on Culinaly so I guess he won in the end. But that dude was so fricking dumb it was infuriating.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If you're relying on cooking instructions to do anything you got what you deserve

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are you actually implying you don't have five minutes to bring the water to a boil?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      but WHY should you just stand around for five minutes when you can INSTANTLY start the process?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        because it doesn't instantly start the cooking process you just have to "cook" for 5 mins longer now because you started from cold

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          this is just wrong, when the water is boiling the pasta will also have been warming up
          aka the remaining minutes left to cook the pasta is different since the pasta has changed, as opposed to if you were to simply "plop" it in when the water is boiling

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Yea but its not cooking at 100% efficiency during that warm up phase.
            so sure you save some time not wating but its going to take an arbitrary time longer due to some of the time cooking not being 100%.
            if your experienced enough with your specific set up however you will know what this arbitrary time is so go ahead and drop it in from cold

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        So all the pasta has the same consistency.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Americans having to wait 5 minutes for water to boil in a pot instead of having an electric kettle do it in one.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Most people I know have electric kettles, not sure where this meme came from
      They're also spammed at the home goods stores

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        coffee makers don't count.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Good for you, they're mostly unknown in my neck of the woods, I see them for sale frequently but I only know one person that has one, got it on my recommendation.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Are you boiling pasta in your fricking kettle

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You boil the water in the kettle then pour it into the pot.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Why dirty up your unitasker when your just going to use the pot anyway and still have to wait for the eye and pot to heat up to the water temp and keep it boiling

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >dirty up your unitasker

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Are the British actually this fricking insane?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah, most of them keep their washing machine in the kitchen too.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Let me get this straight. When you want to boil water to cook you do the following:
          >fill kettle with water
          >wait for kettle to boil
          >fill pot with boiling water
          >set pot to boil
          As opposed to:
          >fill pot with water
          >set pot to boil
          Do I have that right?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            the kettle heats the water so much faster though

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            you got that right buddy 🙂 good job

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            No, you:
            >fill kettle with most of the water
            >start kettle
            >fill pot with remaining water
            >start stove
            >wait for kettle to boil
            >transfer water from kettle to pot
            >add pasta

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            yes, and it's probably three times as fast

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you want your pasta al dente, you need an accurate cooking time. It helps if the water is at a consistent temperature (boiling) rather than guessing how long it takes for the pasta to soften while the water is heating.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Like many things in the kitchen it is a ritual.
    And if you do not understand the importance of ritual, your life will be without meaning.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You might save a minute or two if you start cold. Not worth it at all if you have any pasta sticking out if the water because your pot is too small. You'll just end up with 3/4 of the pasta as mush and the last 1/4 actually cooked properly.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because pasta sticks when it gets wet. Putting pasta in the pot while the water is still cold will leave you with a sticky clump of uncooked dough.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Reminder that everyone agreeing with OP (and the anon saying to cook the pasta directly in the sauce) is using jarred pasta sauce, which is always garbage. You can ignore their opinions.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      rao's is pretty good. and I'm lazy.
      into the sauce it goes.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    OH MY FRICKING GOD. OMG. I WAS WAITING FOR THIS, I WAS EVEN GOI NG TO MAKE MY OWN THREAD, SPEAKING ON THIS. I AM SO FRICKING GLAD YOU ASKED.
    i use an electric kettle, takes 3 minutes for that to boil, then i put in a small pot and turn the heat high, then it takes a minute or two for it to boil (probably less if i turned it on before pouring in the water)
    very quick!!!

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The cooking time given on the pasta assumes the water is already boiling, I don't have time to go doing no fricking pasta experiments .

    Also your picture is particularly awful because half of it sticking out until it softens is bad enough for consistency with already boiling water, your way it will be even worse

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >get hot water from sink
    >heat water on highest setting on induction
    takes 2 min

    cook pasta for 9 min.. wow so time consuming

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >have to wait 2 minutes for the hot water to pour out of the tap
      >hot tap water
      >tap fricking water

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        you boil your pasta in mineral water?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >he doesn't have potable tap water

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >boil water in kettle (takes 60 seconds)
    >pour on pasta
    What’s the issue OP?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I heard that kettles are illegal in American or something.

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because the pasta is now soaking in the water for a longer period of time and becomes soggier afterwards.

    Why boil the pasta at all and just skip to eating it straight from a box? Hell, why not eat it with uncut vegetables and raw meat?

    Fricking lazy Black folk like you OP should stay out of the kitchen.

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