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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%
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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Question Thoughts on breaking spaghetti prior to cooking

Who breaks their spaghetti/linguine prior to cooking it. My husband and I bicker about this all the time. He likes me to break it and cook it so it's not messy and so he doesn't have to cut it. I don't like to break it. Any reasons as to why I should or shouldn't break it? What do you do with your pasta? Thanks!

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Old 04-19-2012, 07:06 PM   #2
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I always break mine in half as I add it to the pot.

One reason is that I prefer to cut my spaghetti up before I eat it. I don't like the spaghetti stain caused by a swing back of a loaded noodle.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:10 PM   #3
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It's your pasta, do whatever you want.

You could also buy a different shape of pasta that doesn't require breaking up to be easy to eat.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:44 PM   #4
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I grab the pound of spaghetti and slam one end down on the counter to open the pack then break in half and twirl the halves into the water. I like them that length and you don't have 1/4 sticking out of the water untill it softens. I think it cooks more evenly and doesn't stick together as much.

Do what floats your boat though. It's your party.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:03 PM   #5
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I never break mine
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:15 PM   #6
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I find that it twirls better with a fork and spoon if it isn't broken first, so I don't break. I used to break but then dealt with spaghetti shrapnel flying around the kitchen!

I use a stir-fry type pan (it's pretty deep) to cook pasta and it is wide enough to take the whole length of spaghetti laying down.

My partner just cuts up his spaghetti to eat it.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:28 PM   #7
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Like I keep saying, I learned from all the Italian Noni's. So I never break mine. And I learned how to eat it so it isn't too messy. Just take no more than four or five strands of pasta between the tines of your fork and twirl your fork around just about an inch or so above the dish until all of the strands are wrapped around the fork. You now have a reasonable size mouthful that will fit in your mouth very easily. I have taught this to several grandchildren. There are some long pastas that you can not do this with. Bucatini is one of them. It is very thick like a straw. You can only get one strand on your fork if you are lucky. My mother used to buy it all the time. I always thought it was a fun pasta to eat. You can do it with linguini, but with some difficulty. I am not too fond of linguini and other flat pastas.

I have never seen an Italian break their pasta.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:37 PM   #8
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I'm with Addie, I never break my pasta. I love to twirll it around my fork then eat. My pots are big enough to hold the pasta so no breaking here. You do what is best for you.
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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.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:11 PM   #10
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Before I got married I never broke the pasta. Shortly after I got married, DH complained about the long noodles. Turns out his mama broke hers and he got frustrated trying to eat it long. So I break it, he's happy and I don't have to listen to the complaints.
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