Ridiculous Cooking Myths You Actually Believe

Myth: Adding salt to pasta water makes it boil faster


Truth: Nope, sorry. Adding salt actually increases the boiling point of water, making it slower to come to a boil.

Myth: You need a massive amount of water to cook pasta


Truth: Save the water. As long as all of the pasta is covered, you are good to go.

Myth: Wine evaporates when cooked


Truth: It does … but you’d have to cook the dish for three solid hours for all traces of alcohol to be gone. So maybe save that recipe for date night, not family night.

Myth:  Searing meat seals in juices


Truth:  Just the opposite.  Searing meat could cause it to lose some moisture, but it’s still the best way to achieve that caramelized exterior.

Myth:  Microwaving food destroys nutrients


Truth: It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s totally fine.  In fact, any kind of heating method will destroy some amount of nutrients, but microwaving does the least amount of damage.

Myth:  Leftovers should be totally cooled before gong into the fridge


Truth:  They don’t need to be piping-hot, but you also don’t want to let food sit out until it’s room temperature, since that could lead to bacterial growth.

Myth:  Treat a burn ASAP with ice


Truth:  Don’t, as that could lead to further skin damage. If you got too excited taking your cupcakes out of the oven, run the burn under cool (not cold) water for a few minutes, then apply a clean bandage.