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10 kitchen myths Vol. 2

Adding a raw potato can reduce saltiness in a soup or sauce.

Myth!

  • A potato will absorb little or no salt, so this just does not work.
  • Adding more unsalted liquid like water and other ingredients is the only solution to this problem.

Never put bananas in the refrigerator.

Myth!

  • The skins will darken, but refrigeration slows ripening of bananas the same as it does other fruits. The insides will be fine.

Microwave cooking destroys nutrients more than other cooking methods.

Myth!

  • Cooking reduces the level of some nutrients.
  • It is the heat that does it, and with boiling or poaching there is also the fact that some nutrients are leached out into the water.
  • Microwave is better because it cooks less time.

Raw vegetables provide enzymes that promote healthy digestion.

Myth!

  • Raw plants do contain enzymes that are broken down by cooking, but these are plant enzymes that have no function in the human body, and enzymes in raw food will be broken down by the digestive process anyway.

Drinking fruit juice is just as good as eating fruit.

Myth!

  • Most fruit juices are just sweet, flavored water with no nutrients.
  • In fact, drinking fruit juices has been linked to weight gain.
  • When we eat a piece of fruit, we eat everything in the fruit, the sugar, but also the fiber and other parts.
  • The fiber slows down the absorption of sugar into our body.
  • Also there is an appetite-satisfying effect.

You must or must not salt pasta cooking water.

Myth!

  • The fact is that salting does one thing: it makes the pasta salty. But, there is one situation where adding salt is a good idea.
  • For the common tomato-based sauces, the sauce can add the needed degree of saltiness to the dish.
  • With oil-based sauces, salt does not dissolve in oil, so the sauce cannot add the needed salt (and the result is often the addition of too much grated cheese to get the desired salt level).

Eating fish and dairy together at the same meal is toxic.

Myth!

  • Scientifically speaking, there is no reason why we should not eat fish and dairy together.
  • Only in people who are actually allergic to fish or who are lactose intolerant that these foods will not be tolerated.

Fresh seafood is always better than frozen.

Myth!

  • Fresh (unfrozen) seafood is considered to be higher in quality. Unfortunately, most of the “fresh” seafood does not meet the standards.
  • In contrast, much of the frozen seafood is frozen right on the boats, soon after being caught, or maybe as soon as the boat returns to port.
  • The result can be very good quality fish or shellfish, better than the tired old fillets at the fish counter.

Should not store coffee in the freezer.

Myth!

  • For medium to long-term storage (more than a couple of weeks) this in fact the best place to store coffee. Coffee goes stale mainly because the oils in the coffee react with oxygen in the air and go rancid, giving the coffee a stale taste.
  • One way to prevent this is to seal the coffee away from air, this is why coffee in cans and some bags is vacuum packed. The second way is with cold, which slows down chemical reactions.
  • There is one situation when freezer storage may not be a good idea, and that when the weather is very humid and our kitchen is not air conditioned. Because moisture condenses on cold surfaces, there is the risk of the coffee becoming moist when we take it out of the freezer to use. This would likely affect the coffee.