What do you think is the history of making pasta?
A common belief about pasta is that it was brought to Italy from China by Marco Polo during the 13th century. ... Noodles existed in Asia long before Polo's trip to China. Archaeologists believe that central Asia is most likely the first area to have produced noodles thousands of years ago.
Frequently asked Questions 🎓
The only way to know if it's done is to taste it! It should be al dente, or firm to the bite. The more pasta cooks, the gummier it gets, so if it sticks to the wall it's probably overdone.
When you use a pot that is too small and doesn't hold enough water, the pasta boils in the starch it releases, at concentrated levels. This makes your pasta slimy. ... When pasta is cooked in salt water, it absorbs the salt and helps to bring forth it's natural flavors..
Pour the boiling water over the rice noodles until they are completely submerged. Every minute or two, give the noodles a stir to loosen them up. When they are completely limp, give them a taste to see if they're cooked through.
Pre-soak the rice noodles in cold water for as long as you can, but at least 10 minutes. Then add them directly to hot broth and serve or into boiling water for about 2 minutes then drain to use. The trick is that they're never in the hot water for very long because they'll get mushy remarkably quickly..
In a 6- to 8-quart pan over high heat, bring 3 to 4 quarts water to a boil. Add rice noodles and stir to separate.
When that happens, there's little, if anything, you can do to fix it. You can sometimes resuscitate Pad Thai with tough and undercooked noodles by moistening it with a little water, covering it with plastic wrap, and giving it a minute or two in the microwave.
To prepare them, first soak them in cold water for 30 minutes and drain. Then bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. When you're ready to serve (not before), place the noodles, one portion at a time, into a sieve and lower it into the boiling water..
A few more cooking questions 📍
How do you know when fish is done cooking?
The best way to tell if your fish is done is by testing it with a fork at an angle, at the thickest point, and twist gently. The fish will flake easily when it's done and it will lose its translucent or raw appearance. A good rule of thumb is to cook the fish to an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees.
What are wet scallops?
Wet scallops are treated with a solution of water and sodium tripolyphosphate, or STPP, which preserves them as soon as they are harvested at sea. Then they're often frozen. This preserves them, but it also helps them to hold on to a lot more water weight. Dry scallops are scallops that are not treated in this way.
What is apple butter made of?
Apple butter is a highly concentrated form of apple sauce produced by long, slow cooking of apples with cider or water to a point where the sugar in the apples caramelizes, turning the apple butter a deep brown. The concentration of sugar gives apple butter a much longer shelf life as a preserve than apple sauce..