Should you put salt in the water when boiling potatoes?
- 11 months agoFavorite 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 711 months 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 611 months 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.
- 11 months ago
NO THEY WILL TUENPOUT POOPOO CACA
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- IvaBLv 511 months 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.
- 11 months ago
Yes but be careful. Potatoes are salt sponges and it's easy to over do it.
- $@!ar W!ndLv 611 months ago
- wind_updollLv 711 months ago
Yes, it speeds up the process and adds flavor.
- audreyLv 711 months ago
Yes. Not too much, so you can still add to taste when they're done.
- IamLv 611 months ago
I do but it is not mandatory.
The salt causes the water to have a higher boiling point so the spuds cook quicker.