Food myths run rampant in our world, whether it be online or through old wives’ tales handed down through the years. Much of this misinformation applies to the culinary world and we’re here to talk about it and decide which of them hold water.
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Shortly after we published our instructional video for Pasta alla Norma, we received a ton of comments telling us we should have picked a male eggplant since they have fewer seeds.
This is a claim I heard throughout my childhood but always wondered if there was any truth to it.
With just a little research I found that it is in fact a food myth. Eggplants do not have a specific sex, rather each eggplant has both male and female parts.
In addition to the eggplant myth, we explore a number of other culinary myths and claims including:
- Should shrimp be cooked to a c shape, not an o shape?
- Should pasta water be the same salinity as the sea?
- Does turkey really make you tired?
- Does chicken need to be washed?
- Should pasta be rinsed after cooking?
- Do fresh tomatoes always make better sauce?
- Do the shiny and dull sides of aluminum foil have different purposes?
- Should oil be put in pasta water?
- Pasta alla Norma
- Shrimp alla vodka
- Shrimp tomato basil pasta
- Pasta Fagioli
- Olive Bread
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