In the kitchen, there are some truths we hold to be self-evident. Not only do we accept these inalienable facts, we never challenge them. But perhaps we are lesser for this inclination to cling to comfort. Maybe there are times that conventional wisdom deserves to be flipped on its sturdy head. Is this one of those times?
A tweet detailing a bizarre pasta straining hack is making rounds on the internet. Separating pasta from its cooking water is one of the more rote kitchen tasks—you simply overturn a pot of water with cooked pasta into a strainer. (And reserve some cooked pasta water!) The water slips through the holes and leaves you, the cook, with dry pasta. The process is foolproof. Until now, that is.
She seems to be just as surprised as we are at this revolutionary? method. The pictures advocate for a systematic reversal: instead of pouring the pasta and its water into a strainer, the hack places the strainer at the rim of the pot. You pour all the water out, keeping the strainer intact, remove the strainer, and the now pasta is dry and alone, ready to be sauced.
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The method is definitely unique, but not nonsensical. Perhaps it's time to give this technique a try. We could be all the better for it.
Would you test this out? Or is it just too strange? Let us know your reactions in the comments.