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Old 09-04-2007, 11:59 AM   #11
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I set a timer as a reminder but I cook to taste. Depending on what I'm cooking depends on what I set the timer to. Angel Hair would be set for 3 minutes, macaroni for 5 minutes, etc. I find that most times listed on boxes produce a product past where I like it.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:08 PM   #12
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Test it, never time it.
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Old 09-04-2007, 02:24 PM   #13
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I grew up pulling a couple pieces out of the boiling water, dropping them onto a plate for a few seconds to cool...and then tasting it. ..

I do it this way, too. I've never used a timer. I'd certainly not trust the instructions on the box.
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Old 09-04-2007, 02:30 PM   #14
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I test it and never time it as well. I’m always right there close at hand working on something else, so I just watch it and test it as it cooks.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:05 PM   #15
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I use, but don't depend on, a timer - set early. That way if I get distracted by sauce (or kids, phone, fire alarm) I get reminded.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:16 PM   #16
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This is one area of cooking I've not given much thought to, but I usually just do it until it's...done. Always seem to get it right.
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:49 PM   #17
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the times are on the box? usually I keep a look at the clock and test it every so often until it's done.
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:52 PM   #18
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Is that how you tell when everything else is done? (sorry, couldn't help it!
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Old 09-05-2007, 01:32 AM   #19
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Is that how you tell when everything else is done? (sorry, couldn't help it!
No, that happens after the distraction. :)
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Buy Barilla products. I think they're specially formulated to always come out al dente, no matter how long you cook it!
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