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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%
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Old 06-13-2008, 08:12 PM   #11
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I forgot, I usually do that too Stacy, after I have lifted some with the fork.


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Old 06-13-2008, 09:01 PM   #12
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Taste. When it's al dente, it's done.

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Old 06-13-2008, 09:05 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:08 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 06-14-2008, 01:30 AM   #15
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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.

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