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How To Purchase The Right Commercial Pasta Cooker For Your Needs

Pasta is popular with families because it is tasty, nutritious and cheap, and there are lots of different ways of preparing it. What puts some people off from having it more often is the need to boil it in a large pot of hot water and then drain it afterwards. Getting your arms around a large pot is difficult enough, without having to tip it over and hoping you get at least most of it in the colander and not down the sink. Certain types of commercial pasta cooker take the danger out of making spaghetti and meatballs.

Pasta-cooking vessels come in different varieties. The most primitive (or the most sophisticated, depending on how you look at it) are the ones that you do not even need a stove, just boiling water. At the next level are those that you use in the microwave. With this type, you can use a special spoon with claws that lift the cooked strands out of the container. Microwaves are also faster than a pot of boiling water.

The simplest type consists of a cylinder that is tall enough to cook spaghetti. Here, you just pour in boiling water, pop on the lid and let the water do its work. The cylinder method is fun for cookouts. The cylinder is made from toughened plastic that can withstand the hot water. You would not want to try cooking spaghetti in your plastic storage container. On the other hand, the good thing about the microwave version is, if you get the water measurement right, there is no messy draining to do at the end. If there is any leftover water, you can scoop out the cooked strands with a handy spaghetti spoon.

If you suitably sized equipment, you can place a strainer inside a big soup kettle. When the spaghetti is ready, just lift out the colander and drain it right over the pot in which you boiled it. You can also purchase a big pot with the spaghetti strainer inside. The product is specially produced for this purpose and both parts fit perfectly together.

You can press the kettle into service as a seafood boil pot for making a low country boil, a southern dish popular at potluck dinners, picnics and backyard barbecues. Seafood boil is a generic term for a type of social event, low country boil refers to the food that you serve at the event. A low country boil contains whole crab, corn on the cob, sausages, potatoes and shrimp. The cool thing is that the whole dish is you prepare the meal in a single pot and then serve it onto thicknesses of newspaper, oilcloth or other waterproof material. No plates, no washing up!

At the high end of the scale are the electric, multifunction models. These are brilliant because you can use it as a slow cooker or a rice-cooker. Make sure you get the optional stirring attachment so that the device can cook your food evenly.

If you like your cookware to be good at multitasking, then the high-end electric version is for you. The same device can cook your pasta, rice, porridge, or roast chicken or stew, although maybe not at the same time. All you do is add the ingredients, select the program, hit the start button and wait. Perfectly kid-proof!

The bottom line is that you do not need to risk your life in order to feed your family or guests. If you use a microwave or other electrical device, you don't even need to know how to boil water.

Find a complete summary of the benefits of owning a seafood boil pot and get fantastic recipes for Low Country boils at now.

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