Kitchen Wizard Tool Box Part 3: Electric Kettle — How to Boil Water Fast for Pasta, etc.

May 1, 2009

Have you ever tried to boil a large pot of water for pasta (especially in a high-altitude area?) and wished it was quicker?

Then read on… This will guarantee to save you a lot of time and frustration.

Get an electric kettle.

It’s so much faster to boil water with an electronic kettle than in a pot, or even a normal kettle. It only costs about $20, so it’s really worth it.

It’s also handy if you like to drink tea or powdered hot drinks like cocoa. In tea-drinking countries like the UK and former British colonies, you’d find one in almost all homes and hotel rooms – even at budget places.

Also use an electronic kettle when you want to:

  • Make a quick, individual portion onion gratin soup (<- click here for recipe!)
  • Make Ochazuke (Japanese rice soup),
  • Blanch spinach quickly,
  • Run the hot water over oily food like bacon or fried bean curds for healthier eating,
  • Wash out grease residue on pots and pans from oily foods for easy clean-up, etc.

The only draw back is the capacity is normally about 1-2 qt.  Now I use the double-potting trick (below) to boil a larger quantity of water.

How to Boil Water FAST — Kitchen Wizard double-potting trick!

  1. Use the pan with the widest bottom on the largest burner (or highest BTU).
  2. Add about 1” (or 2” if you need more boiled water) of water in the pot, close the lid and boil at high heat.
  3. In the mean time, boil water in the electric kettle near your stove (so that you don’t have to run back and forth with full kettle of boiling water). Once it’s boiled, simply add to the pot.
  4. If you need more boiling water, just do another batch in electric kettle.  Make sure to keep the lid closed until the desired amount of water is completely boiled.

These kettles are available at places like Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Macy’s.

Once you start using it, you’ll wonder why you waited so long!

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