Chemistry in the Kitchen


Why does elevation matter for cooking times when I’m boiling water?

If you’re boiling water in Denver, the temperature of that water will be about 5 °C lower than if you were boiling water in Miami. Because Denver is about a mile above sea level, there is less atmosphere pushing down on that pot of water than there would be at sea level. The decreased temperature that water boils at means that you’ll need to increase cooking times the higher up you go.


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