The 10 most common myths from the kitchen put to the test
Each of us knows one or two kitchen myths. For example, one of the most common is to chill eggs in cold water – and it continues to persist even though it’s proven wrong. Because it only depends on the age of the eggs, how well or how badly they can be peeled.
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Whether the wisdom comes from our parents or grandparents, we seldom check what they convey to us and often just pass it on to our own children. But many of these traditional half-truths would rarely stand up to scrutiny.
We take a close look at 10 of the most common kitchen myths for you and tell you whether there is anything to them.
1.) You have to put off pasta.
This is arguably one of the most famous kitchen myths. And not without reason. Noodles that are quenched with cold water after cooking are less likely to stick together because the water rinses off the starch in the noodles. However, the sauce will no longer adhere to them as well. So you either have non-sticky noodles or sticky sauce. The decision is yours.
Conclusion: This myth is true.
2.) Honey doesn’t go bad.
Honey lasts for several years without any problems without going bad. And probably you could still eat the honey, which is over 3,000 years old, which was found in the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh. But whether it would still taste good is questionable, because honey too changes its structure at some point and loses its taste. But even then it would still be edible without hesitation. Only when it blisters or it starts to smell strange should you keep your hands off it.
Conclusion: This myth is not entirely true. Honey can also go bad, but it takes time.
3.) Wooden boards are unsanitary.
Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! Because plastic is no more hygienic than wood. Germs and bacteria collect in both wooden and plastic boards in the furrows that are quickly created by cutting. The advantage of wooden chopping boards, however, is that the pathogens in them die off more quickly than in boards made of plastic. Plastic boards, on the other hand, can be put in the dishwasher to get them clean quickly and easily.
Conclusion: This myth is not true. But on the contrary.
4.) Microwaves kill all vitamins.
This myth also persists. The rays of the microwave are supposed to kill vitamins and nutrients. But here, too, the opposite is more the case. Since the food is only heated briefly in the microwave, fewer vitamins and nutrients are lost than when cooking on the stove for longer.
Conclusion: This myth is also wrong.
5.) You cannot fry meat with olive oil.
This myth has been heard many times. When frying with olive oil, unhealthy substances should be released from the oil and leave an unpleasant taste in the meat. But that’s not true, otherwise the Spanish and Italians would not have been using it in their kitchens for centuries. Cold-pressed olive oil can withstand temperatures of up to 180 ° C and refined olive oil even higher. However, if it starts to smoke, it means – as with all other oils – that the fat is burning, making it taste bitter.
Conclusion: This myth is wrong.
6.) Bread molds faster in the refrigerator.
This myth is also wrong. Bread that is stored in the refrigerator does not mold faster, it just dries out faster. The best way to store bread is at room temperature in a bread box and not in an airtight plastic bag. The following applies: if moisture builds up, mold develops faster. And once it is visible, it has already spread its spores throughout the bread and you should throw everything away.
Conclusion: This myth is not true.
7.) Once thawed, you should not refreeze it.
Go ahead! Food that has been stored in the refrigerator after thawing, i.e. where the cold chain has not been interrupted, can be re-frozen without any problems. This is especially true for meat and fish. For all other foods, such as cakes or vegetables, you should pay attention to their consistency, smell and appearance. Anything that still looks tasty can be put back in the freezer.
However, you shouldn’t refreeze food that has been left outside for too long, but rather throw it away.
Conclusion: This myth is only partly true. It all depends on the condition of the food.
8.) Rice prevents lumps in the salt shaker.
Who does not know her? The rice grains in Mama’s salt shaker, which are supposed to bind the moisture and prevent the salt from clumping. The myth behind it, however, is wrong. The rice cannot bind the water in an uncooked state and is therefore not suitable for preventing lumps.
Nowadays, this is no longer necessary, as separating agents are already mixed in with the table salt to prevent clumping.
Conclusion: This myth is wrong.
9.) A knife dipped in water prevents tears while cutting onions.
The best way to cut onions without having to cry is one of the most popular myths. Everyone knows the one trick that should really help. We took a closer look at the myth of dipping the knife in water beforehand.
Overall, this trick works quite well, but your own sensitivity and the spiciness of the onion are crucial. With very hot onions, this trick will not do anything against the tears, even in less sensitive people. In addition, it is very tedious to dip the knife in water before each cut.
Conclusion: This myth is partly correct, but only works with less hot onions.
10.) Potatoes are easier to peel after cooking if you put them in cold water.
According to this myth, the peel should be quicker and, above all, easier to remove and not stick to the fingers. And it’s true. After the potatoes have been in cold water for some time, their peel can be removed much easier.
It will be even easier if you scratch the potato peel once all around with a sharp knife, so that a ring-shaped incision is created. Then after cooling down you can simply peel off the shell on the left and right with your hand.
Conclusion: This myth is true.
However, many of the kitchen myths are exactly what the word suggests: myths. Still, many of them persist and will probably do so for quite a while.
In this article, you’ll find seven other kitchen myths that are just plain wrong. And here is an eye test: Can you recognize these foods even without color? If you still want to do a kitchen quiz, you’ve come to the right place: What does this food look like in nature?
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