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Salting water before boiling it doesn't raise the boiling point by much. (Markus Schweiss)If you add salt to water, why do you do it? Is it to season your pasta or rice or is it because you think it will change the boiling point of the water? When you salt water, it does raise the boiling point of the water, a phenomenon called boiling point elevation, but the increase in temperature isn't enough to matter. You would need to add 58 grams of salt per liter of water just to raise the boiling point one half of a degree Celsius. That's a lot of salt!

Do you add salt to water when you boil it? If so, what is your reason?


January 20, 2011 at 10:21 am
(1) Lunar Mark says:

I add salt to create nucleation points that will promote boiling.

January 24, 2011 at 10:57 am
(2) ur besty says:

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January 20, 2011 at 10:54 am
(3) Dave says:

I can’t think of any reason to add salt to water other than for flavoring. Some people add salt because they think the water will boil faster. If anything, it will boil slightly later since you raise the boiling point of water slightly. The previous poster said that salt can create nucleation sites. However, if the salt is completely dissolved in the water, the salt will have no effect.

January 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm
(4) Luke says:

Salt in water just flavors it. It has no other purpose.

January 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm
(5) sara says:

I use salt in water for many reasons, If I boil hard boiled egg I use salt because its easier to peel, I use for seasoning and preserve food. I try to use real salt. Its brownish in color. It has other minerals and vitamins in it. Do you think that will have any affect on what I use the salt for?

January 24, 2011 at 4:43 am
(6) NIKE says:

just to add flavour nd nothing more

January 24, 2011 at 10:55 am
(7) the new kid says:

u r just so smart

January 24, 2011 at 11:50 am
(8) madiha namo says:

i like it
add sugar if you want

September 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm
(9) no one says:

i use salt to keep pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan

October 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm
(10) random says:

if you add salt to water it’s boiling point will increase.

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