There’s nothing like humor to bring on the banter from the creative minds of Gourmet Live and Epicurious.com readers! In Gourmet Live’s latest, The Water Issue, I wrote about the shortest and funniest recipe on Epicurious.com, “Salted Water For Boiling,” which, since it first appeared in November, 2001, has generated over 880 comments in the review section of the recipe. With only 14 words and two numerals, it’s the shortest and simplest recipe that was ever attributed to Gourmet. In the few days since the article appeared last week on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 22, new comments have been added, and they are too much fun not to share.
The first reader to jump in since December, 2011, was “SgtPsychosis,” who asked, “Do you need to rinse the water before boiling?”
Thank goodness “dkphilbin” rushed to this cook’s aid with an answer: ”Do you need to rinse the water before boiling? NO! NO! NO! You rinse the water AFTER boiling! Jeeze, do I have to explain everything;)”
“Katileigh” from Upstate NY, couldn’t help berating herself: “How could nearly a decade go by? I could have been properly preparing my salted water. But no, I just skimmed this issue and missed the most informative recipe of my cooking career. I am collapsing into a heaping degenerate mess. My life is ruined.”
Of course, additional helpful suggestions on a deceptively complicated recipe like this are always welcome. Reader “mmcdonald” came through with the following kitchen tip: “WONDERFUL recipe that everyone will rave about! But be sure to strain the salt through a sieve after boiling.”
As cooks we’re all prone to take shortcuts occasionally. “NWFLDeaconsWife” from Milton, Florida, was willing to admit that, “I cheated a little and used ‘instant’ water. Just add water, then add your salt and it just could not be any easier than that!”
Thanks to everyone for some much needed comic relief. I don’t know about you, but I’ve bookmarked this recipe so that whenever I need a chuckle, I know where to go. And I’m telling all my friends about it, too. Let’s take it viral!