by Brad Nelson 1/29/18
This product at least marginally fits under the “Health and Fitness” topic, although making it easier to pig out on a good batch of spaghetti is a reach.
I can see the Italians out there rolling their eyes: “What could be easier than boiling some water and throwing in the spaghetti?” They have a point. Still, if you’re as dead-set on saving the planet as I am by reducing CO2 emissions, a microwave takes less energy than heating a pot of water on the stove.
Actually, I breath out C02 just for kicks. The real reason I was looking for something was because I don’t have a stove-top oven.
Long story short, this cooks pasta very well. And the “health” part of this is that I always use gluten-free pasta. And this is not because I’m a gluten-free nut. And there are a lot of gluten-free nuts out there. But gluten-free makes a big difference in the after-effect of eating a fair amount of spaghetti. Regular spaghetti leaves you feeling weighed down, not to mention the carb glut.
Gluten-free pasta cures this problem. You can eat a fair amount of it without feeling as if you need to hibernate a fortnight in order o digest it. The downside is that it’s definitely a less rich flavor and texture. But you can get used to it.
In my 900 watt microwave, it takes about 16 minutes to do a “Level 2-1/2” amount of gluten-free spaghetti. From the photo, you can see the holes in the lid marking the levels. This is also tied to the amount of water to use which is marked on the side of the container. A simple printed chart that comes with this covers most scenarios and pastas.
You microwave with the lid off. Once cooked, you put the lid on and use the lid as a strainer. That works very well. It’s very easy to give the pasta a rinse if you want to as well.
As far as I can tell, the cooking is even. The rolling boil separates the spaghetti. I’ve had no problem with any kind of clumping and I’ve never added anything to the water. From idea to finished dish, this plastic tray makes it very easy.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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