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Old 12-13-2011, 10:42 AM   #21
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You can get a Chef's Basket at Bed Bath Beyond too. I bought one there and my daughter happily took it to a friend forever.
Yeah, somehow, I can't picture that being very effective with spaghetti
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:30 AM   #22
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I tend to use the 6qt pot for cooking pasta, though I only fill it about 2/3s full. I just pour out through a colander.
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:46 AM   #23
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Didn't we have a discussion about this a while back? Seems to me I remember something about ATK testing this and concluding that less water was better. With less water there is more starch (relatively speaking) in the water and more starch stays on the pasta, making sauces stick to the pasta better.

I remember someone mentioning that professional pasta chefs use the same water over and over and get a cloudy, starchy water that is something one wants.
Sheesh, I'm glad it's not just me who remembers that information TL. I was starting to think I had dreamed it. I've never been concerned about using a large amount of water for pasta either, and a colander in the sink has always served me well. Why would I want a pot with an insert that has only one purpose if I don't really need it?
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:19 PM   #24
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More starch in the water helps EVERYTHING stick to the pasta, including itself. I usually put some of the starch-laden pasta water into whatever sauce I'm making and let it reduce down so that the starch is in the sauce. I prefer large amounts of water for boiling pasta, because I think it comes out better and less gummy. YMMV.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:33 PM   #25
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Available at Sears and Sawbucks, Target, Bed Bugs & Beyond, and Amazon.com for around 25 bucks American
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:46 PM   #26
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Have you considered "Fasta Pasta"? Since you live alone, it looks ideal.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:06 PM   #27
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I had a pot like that and it was hard to drain without the steam burning an arm. It also can't be used for anything that needs a tight lid because of all the holes.

I got rid of it and bought a colander.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:00 PM   #28
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When dh or the kids pour from that kind of pasta pot, they put on what I call a Hazmat suit !!!
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:36 PM   #29
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For larger amounts of pasta, just did a dinner for about 200 at our church, I used turkey flyers. We could do about 5 lbs of pasta at a time, and the burner gave us a lot more heat than a conventional stove top.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:55 PM   #30
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Have you considered "Fasta Pasta"? Since you live alone, it looks ideal.
I believe it's Timothy here who loves his!

Your belief is correct, Kayelle. The thing is as handy as can be!

It's a minor thing really, as cooking pasta is about as easy as it gets, but the Fasta Pasta gadget is one heck of a good idea. I use mine all the time! You can cook veggies in it also. It has a recipe for cake, but I haven't tried that yet.
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