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5 Cooking Myths You Should Ignore
Turns out some "tricks" for boiling pasta and cleaning your favorite pan don't work so well after all...but here's what will do the job.
Pasta
Add Oil to Pasta Water to Prevent Noodles From Sticking
We've all seen the instructions on the back of the fresh-pasta package: Add a spoonful of oil to the cooking water to keep your fettuccine from turning into a big blob. "That's just a waste of oil," says chef Alfred Portale of New York City's Gotham Bar and Grill. Salt the water (which doesn't have anything to do with sticking; it just seasons the pasta), stir every few minutes while the noodles cook, and once you've drained them, toss with a tablespoon of olive oil to keep them separated.