Cooking Skills

How Long Does It Take for Water to Boil?

Photo of a stainless steel pot of boiling water on an induction stove.

A reader asked, how long does it take to boil a liter of water (in the United States and other countries that use the imperial system, 1 liter equates to 33.8 fluid ounces or 4.22 U.S. cups)?

So we set out on a series of experiments, boiling pots and bowls of water on stovetops and cookers, in kettles and microwave ovens (which we’ll tell you more about at the end of this post), to find out.

Can You Overcook Meatballs in Sauce?

Can You Overcook Meatballs in Sauce?belchonock /Depositphotos

When it comes to cooking meatballs in sauce, there’s a fine line between cooking them fully through and having them come out soggy and mushy.

Suppose you’re cooking for a crowd, like a long-overdue family gathering or your daughter’s 2nd birthday party. You want to prepare meatballs in sauce, whether that’s canned tomatoes, gravy, or something fancier, in advance.

The Home Cook’s Guide to Cooking Methods

Cooking vessels and utensilsSeamartini /Depositphotos

Just like there’s more than one way to play a guitar, you can cook the same food using multiple methods, each yielding a unique texture, aroma, and taste.

The more methods you learn, the more diverse your home-cooked meals will become. Though you and your household will probably favor some more than you do others, it only helps if, with time, you’ve perfected them all.