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These Myths About Cooking Are Straight-Up Wrong

By Psquared - May 21, 2019
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Are you hungry? Of course you are! If not now at this exact second, you will be soon. We need to eat, and luckily, eating is quite fun and enjoyable, particularly when the food is delicious. Tasty foods can be purchased at restaurants. However, eating out for every meal can get crazy expensive in a hurry. A simple solution to this is to just cook food at home.

Cooking isn’t as difficult as it may seem, so there’s no need to be intimidated. The internet is a great resource for looking up tips and recipes so you can get to work in your kitchen. It’s also a great resource for learning about how what you learned is totally incorrect. Surprise! That’s right. Even if you’ve been cooking for years, there are certain universal truths that you never knew were actually universal fictions. Read on and find out which cooking myths are about to be busted.

Salt Is Salt

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When a recipe calls for salt, you can just use whatever salt you have laying around in your cabinet, right?

After all, it’s all just salt, so whether it’s table, sea or kosher salt, it’s all the same stuff. Well… no. No it isn’t.

Table salt is so much less healthy than sea salt! When it comes to your ingredients, you want to stay as natural as possible. Salt created by the ocean will work for your body much better than salt created in a lab.

Salting Pasta Cuts Down On Cook Time

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Speaking of salt, we all know that you’re supposed to put a pinch or two of salt in the water while you boil pasta.

This is to help you cut down on cooking time. That’s why we do it, isn’t it? It’s true that salt helps bring water to a boil more quickly.

However, unless you are using A bunch of salt, you aren’t likely to see much of a difference in your pasta cooking time. Be careful – you never want your meal to be too salty!

Always Rinse Your Pasta

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If you over salt the water when you boil the pasta, that’s surely not a big deal. You can just rinse it off.

We’re supposed to rinse off our pasta. That’s what we were taught. We are pretty much all used to rinsing off our pasta once it is cooked.

This actually isn’t necessary. It simply stops the cooking process, which is great if your pasta is close to being overcooked. But it can also rinse off the starches that the sauce will adhere to.

Rinse Your Rice

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Okay, so use the right kind of salt, don’t use too much of it when boiling pasta and don’t rinse the pasta.

We’ve covered pasta. But what if we want rice instead in our meal? We are supposed to rinse before after cooking it. We have to clean it. Was this also a myth?

Rinsing rice before cooking can clean it off, but it can also remove some of the nutrients. It all comes down to how sticky you want your rice to be.

Stirring Rice While Cooking Makes It Fluffy

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Our minds are blown on the whole pasta thing, and we’re now being told that our rice cooking method has been incorrect this whole time.

Not only should you not rinse your rice before cooking it, but you should also not stir it while it’s cooking. Whoa.

If you want your rice to come out as tasty as possible, leave it alone and let it do its thing. Stirring the rice too much can mess up the consistency. Stir your rice after it’s cooked for a little extra fluff.

It’s Best To Add Your Spices Throughout The Cooking Process

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Have you ever been told to add your spices throughout the cooking process? Add certain spices at certain times?

Whoever told you this, thank them for trying to help, but let them know they are incorrect and this is how it should actually be done:

Adding spices is actually something you want to take care of in the beginning. Chemical reactions occur when you heat food. So if you are looking for that complex flavor, you will want to blend your seasonings before starting your cooking.

You Don’t Need A Recipe To Bake Successfully

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Some people can create meals out of thin air – but those people are few and far between.

Unless you’ve made this dish a thousand times and know every aspect of it by heart, it’s best to stick to the plan.

If you’re going to go through the effort of making it, make it right. Cooking is like building anything else. Use the same logic. Measure twice, cut once. Only here, you’re cutting dough and meats instead of wood.

Raw Tomatoes Are Way Healthier Than Cooked Ones

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Tomatoes are a wonder fruit. First of all, yes, they’re a fruit. It’s true, so get over it.

They are full of nutrients, and these nutrients will all be lost forever if you cook them, so it’s best to only eat raw tomatoes. Or so we’ve been incorrectly told.

Cooking tomatoes does break down some of the nutrients, but this can be minimized by keeping them at a low temperature. Some nutrients can even increase with temperature, such as lycopene.

Avoid Wooden Cutting Boards At All Costs

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You need to chop up veggies and meat when prepping your meals. When you do, never, ever use wooden cutting boards.

Plastic or metal only, as wooden cutting boards are sponges for bacteria. That’s the myth, and it’s derived from some truth.

Wooden cutting boards have more grooves where food and bacteria can stick. However a study conducted by UC Davis found that the bacteria dies pretty quickly once the surface is wiped away. So if you always wash your cutting board, then you have nothing to worry about.

Guac Stays Good

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Guacamole is the dip of the deities. As such, they don’t want us mere mortals having too much, so they make it go bad quickly.

But there are ways to stop it from going bad… right… please? Sadly, no. Placing water on top before storing does not stop the process of it turning brown.

If your guac is still relatively fresh, you can scrape off the top layer. But you might want to prepare only as much as you are going to consume in one sitting.

You Can Always Cook Off Alcohol

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You don’t want to have children or people with substance abuse issues to drink alcohol, but it’s totally okay to give them meals cooked with alcohol, isn’t it?

Part of the reason it is socially acceptable to use alcohol as an ingredient is because it cooks off under high temperatures.

That’s what we all believe, and as you might guess, it isn’t entirely tru. While it can cook off, that doesn’t mean it always does. It actually depends on how high the temperature is.

You Need To Mix Every Last Clump Out Of Your Batter

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Baking is a lot of work, but it’s so worth it. It’s also a great workout, what with all the stirring.

You need to stir so much to make sure that all the clumps are out of your batter. If you have one clump left, everything is ruined!

Actually, this isn’t the case at all. While you don’t want a bunch of clumps in your batter, you also don’t want to over-mix it and ruin the texture. Find a happy medium.

Dull Knives Are Just Safer

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One of the scarier aspects of learning how to cook is using all those knives. All that chopping and dicing… *shudder*.

One slip up and you can cut yourself. This is why some prefer using dull knives, which is a mistake. Sure, a dull knife is less likely to harm you than a sharp knife used with the same force.

But the reality is that the duller the knife you use, the more pressure you will apply to cut your food. If you use a sharper knife, you can press down lighter and be done faster.

Lobsters Scream While Boiling

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Lobster is the quintessentially fancy dish that is expensive but so delicious. Want to save money? Make it yourself!

It’s not that difficult. Some may be afraid because they hear that lobsters scream when you boil them. Yeah, a screaming meal would make us not want to cook it. But it’s not what you think.

Yes, that screeching sound you hear when you place a lobster in boiling water is horrifying. But it isn’t the lobster screaming. They actually can’t scream. This is the sound of air coming out of their shells.

Pits Prevent Avocados From Browning

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Guacamole turns brown and goes bad so quickly because it’s made primarily from avocados. There are myths about how you can preserve them.

One is that if you keep the pit in, it’ll extend its life. We all want our delicious avocados to last longer, but this is just wishful thinking.

The pit will stop the fruit immediately touching it from being exposed to air – but so will just about anything. The best thing to do is to enjoy your avocado when it is fresh.

Cook Your Food In Aluminum

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Aluminum foil is your secret weapon in the kitchen. Not only does it do a great job of storing your food, but it also does wonders for cooking your food.

At least, we always thought so. Turns out, aluminum foil isn’t as great as you might hope. It is actually a subject of great controversy right now.

Some studies have linked aluminum foil use with Alzheimer’s disease, and others have weakened this link. When in doubt, why not stay on the safe side?

Cooking Carrots Ruins Them

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Carrots have a similar myth about them as tomatoes do (but they are not also fruits. We’re not gonna blow your mind on that one).

Cooked carrots are certainly less crispy, but it isn’t all bad. Cooked carrots also have more beta-carotene than raw ones, which helps to fight inflammation in the body.

Of course if you want to get some raw carrots in your system you can always dip them in hummus or juice them with oranges. They’re delicious and nutritious cooked or raw!

Cooking Oils Were Created Equal

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You need to use oil when cooking certain dishes. Many think you can just use whatever oil you have available. Not so!

There are actually better cooking oils for certain recipes. Some oils, like olive oil, cook at a much higher temperature than others, like coconut oil.

If you are keeping your temperature low, your cooking oils are fairly interchangeable. But if your recipe requires a high temperature, consider using an oil that breaks down less at those conditions. And, of course, never cook with motor oil.

Don’t Wash Cast Iron Pans

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Cast iron pans are intimidating. They add flavor to your meals, but they have so many special needs, especially with cleaning and maintenance.

You’ve probably heard that washing your pan will damage it, but there is a safe way to do so. And you should definitely wash your pans.

Coat the surface of the pan in cooking oil before soaping it down. This way the dish soap won’t damage the seasoning. See, it’s not that difficult. No reason to be scared!

Don’t Flip A Pancake Until The Batter Is Bubbly

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The secret to making perfect pancakes is knowing when to flip them. Most of us assume that time is when the batter starts to bubble.

Yeah… no. Honestly, we all like our pancakes a little different. You should flip them at different points depending on what you’re going for.

If thin and fluffy is your preferred pancake setting, then by all means wait until your batter is filled with bubbles before flipping. Some of us like thicker pancakes, and they will be ready to turn over much sooner.