"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
View Poll Results: How do you test your spaghetti?
Taste 18 85.71%
Timer 5 23.81%
Throw at wall or ceiling 1 4.76%
Other 3 14.29%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 21. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-13-2008, 08:12 PM   #11
Traveling Welcome Wagon
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Somewhere, US
Posts: 15,919
I forgot, I usually do that too Stacy, after I have lifted some with the fork.

Barbara
__________________

__________________
Barbara L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2008, 09:01 PM   #12
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 4,630
Taste. When it's al dente, it's done.
__________________

__________________
Jeekinz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2008, 09:05 PM   #13
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 453
Send a message via AIM to Russellkhan
A friend of mine is a wall thrower - and she leaves it there! One wall of her kitchen looks like some kind of abstract art with the various colors and kinds of pasta stuck to it. Not sure what she does with things like ravioli, there wasn't any of that up when I thought to look for it last time I was over.
__________________
Russellkhan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2008, 10:08 PM   #14
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Collier County, Fl.
Posts: 4,198
I keep on eye on it. When it starts changing from yellow to white I do the taste test, then determine 2 minutes or whatever.
Nothing worse than over-cooked pasta, except maybe cold eggs.
__________________
quicksilver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2008, 01:30 AM   #15
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Bloomington, IN
Posts: 1,129
Send a message via AIM to college_cook
After spending some time in a busy restaurant kitchen, I sort of developed the 'silent timer'. You dump pasta into boiling salted water and then go off to do whatever it is you still need to accomplish for your meal. At some point, something just goes off in your head, and you think 'Oh right! Pasta's boiling... I'll bet it's done!"

I'd like to be able to say I was SO confident in this ability of mine that I simply drain and serve at this point, but I can't lie; I'd feel super-dumb if I served over or undercooked pasta. When my head timer goes off, I take a little nibble and then drain. I haven't been wrong in a really really long time, but I know the first time I don't double check it will be the time I mess it up.
__________________

__________________
college_cook is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.