A Nobel Prize-winning physicist has advised Italians to save gas by turning it off when cooking pasta, sparking disbelief and fury from chefs.
Quantum theorist, Giorgio Parisi, 74, recommended Italians add the pasta to a pot of boiling water, bring it to a boil, wait two minutes, put a lid on, then turn off the gas .
In a video shared on social media, the scientist from La Sapienza University in Rome claims that “at least eight minutes of energy consumption” are saved using this method.
He said: “The most important thing is to keep the lid closed, a lot of heat is lost through evaporation. After boiling the pasta, I put the gas on the minimum, so that it boils very little without consuming.
“You can also try turning it off, as suggested in this post, which is not mine, but Alessandro Burisi Vici’s, and which I simply shared. Obviously, in this way, less gas is consumed and the pasta is cooked evenly.
However, top chefs have disputed the theory, with Antonello Colonna claiming that pasta cooked this way will become rubbery.
“I remember it well when at my parents’ house the gas cylinder went out just as the spaghetti was cooking,” he told the Italian newspaper. The Republic.
“And when it happened, [we] were in trouble, as the consistency of the product was now compromised.
Elsewhere, chef Luigi Pomata said: ‘It would be a disaster. Let the chefs cook while the physicists experiment in their labs.
Despite this, Unione Italiana Food’s Italian Pastai estimated that people taking the controversial approach could save up to 47% of the energy they normally consume.
The news comes days after Russian state-controlled natural gas supplier Gazprom announced that its Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which supplies gas to much of Europe, would remain closed indefinitely.
The move raises the prospect of power outages and economic turmoil across the continent.