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Will water boil faster with salt in it?

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While the scientifically accurate answer is yes, salt water will come to a boil faster than unsalted water, the true answer—as it affects our lives in the kitchen—is no. The amount of salt we put in a pot of water to cook, say, pasta, will not measurably affect the amount of time it takes for the water to come to a boil.