Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday's Tips, Tricks and Tid-Bits ~ The Joys of Oil and Boiling Water

I'm not sure about you, but my days are still all screwy from last week.  Getting the 4th off was just fabulous, but I keep thinking that today should be Friday for some reason.  Too bad it's not.  Fridays are full of good things:  usually a trip to Longstreet Cafe for a bacon and egg biscuit, sushi date nights with the hubs, maybe ice cream afterwards.  Then Friday means Saturday is next, which means I sleep in late and then cook a scrumptious breakfast that probably takes quite a bit more effort than my weekday breakfasts.

Hhhmm all of these things seem to revolve around food.  Oddly enough I did not realize that until I typed it all out.

But alas today is not Friday.  It's only Tuesday.  Which means another edition of tips, tricks and tid-bits.    Aren't you excited???  Hopefully these posts are helpful to you....if they aren't PLEASE feel free to leave me a comment suggesting other topics.  Do you always have trouble with layer cakes?  Can't ever get your dough to rise properly?  Whatever it is, if I'm not covering it, just shout it out.  Or type it, rather I should say.  And if I don't have an answer to your question I'll find it.

Alright, back to today's tip:  Adding a bit of oil to your pot of boiling water.  Did you know that by adding just a bit of oil (just a drizzle) to your pot of boiling water you will prevent it from foaming over?  You know, you run to the other room for just a sec and come back to your pot boiling over with tons of foamy bubbles.  And then you have the resulting stain from the spillover to clean off your stovetop range.  Can you tell I've had quite my fair share of experiences with this?

Good news:  the oil will put a quick stop to that.  Yes, you can get your water up to a roaring bubble, but it won't ever foam up and over the side if there's oil in there.

I usually use olive oil, but canola or vegetable oil will work too.

Bonus Pro:  If it's pasta you're making in that pot of boiling water the oil will also keep your noodles from sticking together.  Two birds with one stone :)

PS: Please for the love of Pete add the oil to the water BEFORE heating it.  If 3rd grade science taught us anything it's that oil and water don't mix.  So you add some oil to that already boiling water and it's going to pop right back at you.  And by "pop" I mean explode.


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