The Food Lab Video Series: Boiling Water

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[Video: Written by J. Kenji López-Alt; produced by Chris Mohney and Nick Perron-Siegel]

Editor's Note: Several years ago, we produced a Food Lab video series for Serious Eats. The only problem? It lived behind a paywall, and almost nobody got to see it. Now, we're finally releasing it to our readership for free. You can check out more episodes here.

Have you ever heard that cooking pasta or blanching vegetables in a large pot is important because it allows the water to return to a boil faster? Well, have I got some news for you.

In this episode of the Food Lab video series, join Katie and me as we explore Earth's most valuable resource: water. The episode is based on an article I wrote nearly a decade ago, called "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (Plus More!) About Boiling Water." The parenthetical probably describes the bulk of the article, but, well, I find this stuff to be fascinating and useful.

So come watch while we discuss what boiling truly means! We'll also learn how managing pressure can help you achieve different goals, why adding salt to your pasta water makes it look like it's boiling harder...only it's not, and whether a large pot really returns to a boil faster than a small pot after you've added pasta to it.