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The Secret Use for Spaghetti Spoons

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Single use objects are great, but multi use objects are… greater. In the efficiency-driven, convenience-loving culture we currently find ourselves in, tools with more than one use are infinitely more valuable than those with only one. So imagine our surprise, and delight, upon discovering that the spaghetti spoon has a use we did not yet know of?

The spaghetti spoon, that pronged pasta grabbing tool, isn’t just for perfectly fishing spaghetti out of a pot of boiling water. It can also help you measure a single serving of pasta. That hole in the middle of the spoon? It’s actually a pasta gauge!

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The internet, obviously, reacted to the realization. People gathered on Twitter to share the news: Some reveled in the newfound hack, while others lamented owning tools that didn’t quite comply:

According to Barilla, the serving size for spaghetti should be a bunch 2 ⅛ inches in circumference. Does this recommendation match up with the size of the hole in your average spaghetti spoon? That, I’m not yet sure about. Whether or not this hack is an exact measurement or a convenient approximation remains to be seen. Regardless, it seems like I could give this one a try.

Serving size, in general, feels arbitrary to me. I always want enough pasta to feed a hungry group of guests, but, all in all, no measurement, no problem. You can take a little bit of extra pasta a long way if need be. Flex your kitchen muscles a bit and see where you can take your excess. For example, there's what our Test Kitchen Chef Josh calls the spruce up, a foolproof method for giving that leftover pasta a second life. Just a few new ingredients, a reimagined sauce, or even a simple reheat can take that leftover to a whole new place.

Do you buy this hack or is it a hoax? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Tags: spaghetti, hacks, spaghetti spoon, twitter