The Husband and I have been having a lot of pasta noodles the past weeks. I love pasta, especially its delicious simplicity. I don’t need a whole gamut of ingredients and long prep times to finish a dish, but the clincher for a start-up kitchen like mine is we still don’t have a COLANDER. For pasta lovers like me, a colander is crucial because it helps produce al dente pasta, one that I am a stickler for. Yes, my friends, how can one al dente pasta cook survive without one?!?
Well, you can! Thanks to very, very basic things you can easily find in your kitchen, no matter how small.
What you need:
- A refrigerator (MAYBE there still are kitchens that don’t have one)
- A huge freezer-safe bowl
- Ice cubes that will fill half of your bowl
- Spoon and fork
- Cool your bowl in the freezer while the noodles are cooking. Then once the noodles are done cooking, after 5-6 minutes, remove the bowl from the freezer, place the ice cubes in it and set aside.
- Drain off all the excess liquid from the pot into your sink. Try to save the pasta / noodles from slipping into the abyss by using a fork to push the noodles against the water flow.
- Since the noodles are too hot to be handled by your God-given tools: your hands, grab a spoon and fork. It doesn’t matter if they are cooking utensils or the ones that you use for eating. The objective really is to be able to lift the hot noodles off the pot. Then pick up the noodles from the pot and raise it a bit for around 30-seconds to a minute to drain the liquid from it. Place the noodles into the cold bowl filled with ice.
- Mix the ice cubes and noodles to ensure that the cold is distributed evenly. The ice helps stop the noodles from cooking. As long as your noodles remain hot, it continues cooking, turning it into overcooked, disgusting mush, which I’m pretty sure you don’t want. Use your hands to check if all noodles have turned cold.
- Finally, drain all the liquid from the bowl. You can use your hands to prevent the noodles from slipping since they are now at a manageable temperature 🙂
Tadah! And your noodles are now good to go 🙂 Just make sure that you don’t over cook them, only cooking between 5-6 minutes maximum. Enjoy!
Delirious about delicious,
P.S. To my dear Husband, this doesn’t mean that I do not need a colander anymore. I still need one! Hehehe!