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Mar 9, 2012 01:54 PM

More Fun with Salt (pasta water)

I have read many times that Italians will scoop up some of the mediterranean sea to cook their pasta. For kicks I decided to try and figure out how much salt that would be. Best stat I could come up with was 38 parts per 1000. To the best of my limited math that works out to be a bit over half a cup per gallon! That seems incredibly salty. I may put 2 or 3 tsp per gallon and that makes some salty pasta.

How much salt do you put in your pasta water?


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  1. I've never actually measured the salt before .....I simply pour the salt into the pot. Depending on the size of the pot, it's a 3 or 4 count. The same goes for vegetables.

    1. Usually a palmful of regular iodized salt...we use Kosher for everything else so I figure this is where we get our iodine.