Should you put salt in the water when boiling potatoes?
- 1 year agoFavourite answer
Salting the water in which you cook starches (pasta, rice, potato) is an effective way of enhancing the flavour of the finished product - boiling starches absorb salt well (which is why adding chunks of potato to an overall salty stew will lessen the apparent saltiness of the dish.
But salt does other things. When I am making roasted potatoes, I parboil them for 5 minutes before drying and roasting them in oil. if you divide them into two batches and boil one half in unsalted water and the other half in well salted water (1tbsp/2 quarts water), the salted potatoes will brown and crisp much better than the unsalted ones. I'm not sure why this is, but I would encourage you to try it because it's amazing to see.
- deniseLv 71 year ago
I dont anymore, I leave it up to my family if they want salt on their food, If we are having gravy this provides salt for the meal.
- Thomas ELv 61 year ago
Salting boiling water is NOT for flavor--it's to keep the boiling bubbles small so as to avoid boil-over. One time a not-too-bright "cook" put 'way too much salt in the water with awful results.
- 1 year ago
NO THEY WILL TUENPOUT POOPOO CACA
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- IvaBLv 51 year ago
Potatoes are pretty bland so,if you like potatoes with any kind of flavor at all,add salt when the water has boiled,then add the potatoes and cook as usual.
- 1 year ago
Yes but be careful. Potatoes are salt sponges and it's easy to over do it.
- $@!ar W!ndLv 61 year ago
- wind_updollLv 71 year ago
Yes, it speeds up the process and adds flavor.
- audreyLv 71 year ago
Yes. Not too much, so you can still add to taste when they're done.
- IamLv 61 year ago
I do but it is not mandatory.
The salt causes the water to have a higher boiling point so the spuds cook quicker.