You have probably heard them already. There are many food blogs out there that will be quick to tell you that egg yolks are bad for you, gluten free is better for everyone, or that eating at night is more fattening. These food myths are pervasive and often may have a tiny kernel of truth that started them in the first place, but the crew here at Chef'd is going to be playing Mythbusters with five of the most popular internet cooking myths.
5 Food Myths Debunked
Myth #1: Butter Never Goes Bad
While butter is delicious at room temperature, it will go bad swiftly. Its high fat content makes it an attractive environment for bacteria and if it is left out of the refrigerator it can begin to go rancid in as little as two days depending on whether it was pasteurized and its salt content. Even salted and pasteurized butter will begin to go bad within a week.
Myth #2: Lobsters Scream When Boiled
There is an odd sound that is made when lobsters are boiled, and boiling alive is the most common way to prepare these tasty invertebrates. The legend of the streaming lobster only has one problem, though, and that is that lobsters have no vocal cords or ability to make sounds. The screaming noise of gases escaping through their shell as they cook is most likely similar to the sound your teapot makes when it is brought to a boil.
Myth #3: Pressing Meats on the Grill Makes Them Juicier
This one probably got started in the fast food world, where time is money and pressing burger patties on the grill helps them cook faster. While there is a school of thought in the grilling world that searing a crust on either side of a portion of meat will help to trap the delicious juices in the middle, the pressing on the grill does much more to squeeze those juices out.
Myth #4: Putting Oil in Boiling Water Keeps Pasta from Sticking
This may be a sticky subject in the cooking world, but you may be wasting perfectly good olive oil by putting it in the water that you use to boil your delicious pasta. The main culprit of sticky pasta is overcooking it, and while the olive oil may bring flavor with it, it masks the natural flavor of the pasta itself and will prevent the sauce from sticking to the pasta. It is highly suggested that you skip this step when preparing any pasta in our meal kits.
Myth #5: The Perfect Cookie is Golden Brown
In the eternal quest to bake cookies just like grandma used to make them, you may fall prey to this most stubborn of baking myths. You want to take these morsels out of the oven only when they have achieved that golden brown perfection. What if I told you that you would get the same results if you took them out of the oven when they were only light brown? The browning process of cookies will continue after you take them out of the oven, and chasing that golden brown is often just a recipe for burning the bottom of the cookie or making them much crisper than you intended.