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View Poll Results: Do you break your spaghetti/linguine prior to cooking?
Yes, almost always or always 27 35.06%
No, never or barely ever 41 53.25%
Less than 50% of the time 6 7.79%
More than 50% of the time 3 3.90%
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:22 PM   #11
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I never break mine intentionally. My mum used to break it and we thought she was taking all the fun out of eating spaghetti. I learned to twirl the pasta around the fork a long time ago, and no, I don't need a spoon to help twirl it.
Most Italians don't use a spoon either. They would look at you with amusement in their eyes if you tried to use a spoon. I know my late m-i-l told me ever so politely don't do that!!!!. Never tried it again after the first time.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:25 PM   #12
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I guess my spoon is a "crutch",

I'm not Italian, so I'll keep using my spoon!
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:29 PM   #13
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I break it for ease of chewing...Shrek won't wear his dentures, so he wants it broken so he can handle it. Since there is no difference in taste...
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:40 PM   #14
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I break them because my mother used to to that.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:44 PM   #15
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No breakage here, but whatever floats your boat. It all tastes the same!

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Old 04-19-2012, 10:53 PM   #16
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I have no idea how I do it. I mean I know I do it both ways, but could not tell exactly how often. I do try to use big pot to cook it whole, because that it's what they made for. But sometimes if I use smaller pot I'd brake them. I do not cut it when I eat it, I twirl around the fork. It's kind of like eating Chinese food with chop sticks.

P.S. Some times Italians just use the bread to help twirl it, but not a spoon that is for sure, big no-no.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:00 PM   #17
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I'm with Bakechef.........I don't want to deal with spaghetti shrapnel flying around the kitchen, so no breaking here anymore.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:01 PM   #18
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I wonder what the Italians have against the spoon?
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:04 PM   #19
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I wonder what the Italians have against the spoon?
I have no idea, to me anything that gets the food to my mouth is the best thing to use...even if I have to lick off my fingers.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:06 PM   #20
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Italians realize they don't need a spoon to twirl pasta. I just slide a few strands over to the edge of the plate with my fork and twirl them up with the points of the tines on the plate. Then it's a short and neat trip from the plate to my waiting mouth.
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