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Old January 14th, 2012, 08:24 PM
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Pasta pot

This may be a really stupid question, but.... I can't figure out a good way to use my pasta pot!

For as long as I've been cooking, I've used a regular old pot to boil water and cook pasta. When the pasta is finished, I turn off the burner, carry the pot to the sink, and pour the whole thing - noodles and water - into a colander. Quick rinse while the pasta drains, a half inch of water in the pot, colander in the pot (still draining into the pot), pot lid back on top of the noodles, and back on the burner. They stay warm and moist.

Recently, I was given a pasta pot which I was assured was the best thing since sliced bread. It is an 8 quart pot with a pasta insert and a steamer basket. And I can kind of see how it'd be neat. The problem is that I just can't get the swing of using it.

I can do okay if I'm just making pasta. But it just isn't intuitive to me. I pull the pasta insert out, with pasta, and do WHAT exactly with it? My sink is on the other side of the kitchen, so if I head that way to put the pasta insert in it, it drips the whole way. My friend who has a similar pot says "Well, you just pour the pasta into whatever bowl it goes in!" That makes sense, but I serve dinner from the stove so the pasta doesn't GO in a bowl. I end up putting the insert pot on a plate for a moment, emptying most of the water out of the pasta pot, putting the insert back in, and lid back on. Seems like I don't need a special pot to do that.

And to add a complication, what about the steamer basket? Tonight I wanted to steam some vegetables after the pasta was cooked, since the water would be boiling. One of the advantages of a pasta pot, right? You don't lose the already-boiled water. That involved me removing the pasta insert, rushing it to the sink while water dripped on my floor, putting it IN the sink, getting the pasta pot and emptying enough water that the steamer basket could sit in the pot OVER the water rather than partially submerged, then getting the pasta pot back to the stove and the steamer basket in it, while the pasta I had cooked sat in my sink getting cold and hard.

What am I missing? It seems so awkward to me. This pasta pot is supposed to be an awesome, can't-live-without tool. I'm ready to retire it after one month. Do I really have to start putting the cooked pasta in a bowl?
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Old January 15th, 2012, 04:00 AM
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Re: Pasta pot

I'm no help. I donated my pasta pot to Good Will.
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Old January 15th, 2012, 05:36 AM
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Re: Pasta pot

I'm like you - I serve meals from the stove (why dirty up extra dishes to wash).

I have a pasta pot too.... the only time its come in really handy/useful is when we have a lot of people over and make corn on the cob....I've also thought it would be great for crab legs (but as I'm no good with cooking/buying seafood I've never tried it)
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Old January 15th, 2012, 08:36 AM
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Re: Pasta pot

So it's not just me. That's good.

I do have to admit that it's handy for lasagna noodles because it is so big. A couple of weeks ago I made two lasagnas in a row (one for dinner and one for a friend) and that was pretty great... not having to boil the water twice.

I'll keep trying. Maybe with practice it'll get easier.
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Old January 15th, 2012, 10:46 AM
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Re: Pasta pot

KayKay, I'm afraid I have no idea what a pasta pot is. Until last year I thought you had to snap spaghetti in half to get it to fit in the saucepan to boil.


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Old January 15th, 2012, 11:07 AM
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Re: Pasta pot

I don't even boil lasagna noodles, I use a certain brand (barilla) that has no cook noodles . Otherwise, I managle them.
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Re: Pasta pot

We don't boil lasagna either, and i would have called it sheets rather than noodles? - Perhaps we need to share lasagna recipes?

(I have no idea what a pasta pot is either, although we use a rice cooker heaps).
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Re: Pasta pot

Thank you. I've never really seen the point of them. I do exactly what you do and I've never understood why a pasta pot was really even invented.
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