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Old 09-02-2007, 09:15 PM   #1
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Timed or tested pasta? How do you cook?

How do yall cook pasta? My DH is not a foodie, but he does cook a tad. Im a bit more obsessive w/ technique. I never time my pasta; I test it as it cooks. I take it out when its done. My sweet DH reads the package and sets the timer and cooks it that long. Does anyone else do it his way?

(I bring this up b/c we have a package of vermicelli that says to cook for 7 minutes. Seven minutes! That seems way too long to me.)

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Old 09-02-2007, 09:21 PM   #2
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I do it the way you do it devora, but the times on the packages are usually pretty close to accurate. If I were timing it I would probably start to check it a minute or so before the time on the box says and then every 30 seconds or so after that until it seems done.
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:25 PM   #3
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Right, I use the time on the box as a guide, but it ends there. If I'm cooking bow tie and it says 15 mins, I know it's gonna be a longer haul than the 4 mins for angel hair. I'm so curious if others just follow the box time!
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:19 PM   #4
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I set a timer to the time on the box then check the texture then. Otherwise, I lose track of time and who knows what will happen.
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Old 09-03-2007, 01:32 AM   #5
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i was always a perpetual tester; my wife was always a strict timer.

we've both learned to do pretty much what andy suggested. the timer helps as a reminder, but it still needs to be tested.
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:42 AM   #6
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I'm with the timer/test early crowd.
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Old 09-03-2007, 09:04 AM   #7
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Timer/test here, too. I set the timer for less than the box says and test from there on in.
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:10 AM   #8
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I normally just test it. If pasta is on, I am never to far away, or am just working on another burner so it is no biggie to just check the pasta. Use a timer if I am doing nothing else though.
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:31 AM   #9
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I cook it to taste, but I set the stove's timer for 10 minutes, just to remind me to check it, in case I get involved in something else.
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:37 AM   #10
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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 have to agree that 7 minutes for vermicelli is a bit long...but some people like it really soft..
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