It’s an age-old trick, but if you didn’t know it yet, it might change your life. When it comes: the next time you cook pasta, always place a wooden ladle on top of your boiling pan of pasta water.
At least: if you don’t want the pasta water to boil over and stain your stove in no time.
This is how you prevent your pasta water from boiling over
You read that right: the trick to never letting your pasta water boil over is to place a wooden spoon on top of your pan of boiling water. The explanation is a small piece of physics.
When the bubbles of boiling water hit the wood of the spoon, the bubbles will burst into tiny droplets. This is because wood is a material that does not conduct heat well. Those tiny droplets formed – a cloud of steam, in fact – will in turn condense and end up back in the cooking pan.
Does this always work?
Sounds very logical, but does it really always work? If you’re cooking on gas and you open your gas at full throttle, you may not. There is a chance that the water will boil so hard that the wooden spoon becomes too hot and that the effect no longer applies. So don’t set your fire too high is the message here.
Some claim that adding salt to your pasta water would also prevent your water from boiling over. And while we highly doubt that’s entirely true, we’d like to stress that salting your pasta water should be your standard routine anyway. As salty as the sea even, according to experts .
Oh yes: it goes without saying, but of course this trick also applies when cooking potatoes, rice or noodles. You know what to do!
Test it out with these tasty pasta recipes:
- pasta e fagioli (Italian beans with pasta)
- Quick pasta bolognese with chorizo and mozzarella
- one-pan pasta with leftovers from your vegetable drawer