Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Funny boiler

When gearing up to cook rice or pasta, I always boil the water in the saucepan, rather than doing it in the kettle then pouring it in. This seems to be anathema to those I am intimate with (i.e. the people I've seen cooking). But I have no qualms about using kettles for the purposes tea or cup o' soup. Am I strange?


Tim said...

Coming from someone who microwaves his rice, no, you are not strange.

Red said...

Jesus Christ, no! (Uttered in a Scottish accent, à la Edward Woodward in The Wicker Man)

Kettles are for tea and the like (to be honest, I dislike using them at all -- they are mostly evil receptacles of nasty scales that cut your mouth open when you sip your Earl Grey) and pans are for boiling water to cook with. Simple.

* (asterisk) said...

I second the sentiment uttered by my missus, especially with regards to limescale bits. However, I did do it two or three times a couple of months back. A short-lived experiment, I guess. Use a pan, dear boy: it's the right and proper way.

jpt said...

Don't any of you people care about conserving energy/saving the planet/cutting down your bills? Boiling water in an electric kettle is faster and more efficient than boiling it in a pan.

Won't somebody please think of the children? (said in a whiny way that might remind you of vegans)

Will said...

Thank you all for this collection of conflicting advice, and particularly the energy waste warning.

In conclusion: looks like I'll carry on pan boiling, but feel a healthy sense of middle class guilt while I'm doing it. Hurrah!