Whenever Jess and I visit the local Boscov’s department store, it’s more or less obligatory for us to stop by a nook on the second floor where the As Seen On TV items are displayed.
This occurs once or twice a month, each month. Though the inventory rarely changes, and the prices seldom fluctuate, we follow the routine out of habit, on the off chance that we’ll score ourselves a bargain.
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 4.7 x 4.8 inches
- Item Weight: 5 pounds
- Manufacturer: TriStar Products
It is a great product, works as advertised. All you need to do is, preheat with about 1 cup of hot water from the microwave or electric kettle can also warm the cooking water. Simply pour out the preheated water, add pasta, add the heated water to the top and snap-on lid.
Allow to cook it according to the manufacturer’s suggested time. Immediately pour out water when ready and use it. This works perfectly with any pasta including long spaghetti. Just don’t overcook and enjoy your favorite recipe.
It contains a long cup, a strainer and a lid for keeping the temperature locked inside.
A couple of weeks ago, the retail chain gave us an offer we couldn’t refuse.
For the low, low price of 2.99, we took home the Pasta Express, an innovative and progressive breakthrough in the art of… boiling noodles.
Based on the commercial, we made out like bandits with our three dollar expenditure:
Thirty dollars….. Thirty? Plus shipping?
I don’t think I’d have shelled out that kind of coin for any kitchenware.
But three bucks? That I could handle.
Buying Guide for Pasta Express
I’ll be honest…. I haven’t used the Pasta Express, per say.
The reason being, I had no idea that there were prerequisite items for unleashing the full Pasta Express potential.
Because the plastic cylinder that cooks the pasta is not microwave safe, a tea kettle is needed to boil water for filling the chamber.
We owned a tea kettle. Owned being the operative word. I believe ours was tossed in the trash a while back. I don’t know the reason why, but I assume that the dog had something to do with it. The little troublemaker.
Anyhow, because we’re tea kettle deprived, the only other way to get boiling water into the cannister was to pour it directly from the six-quart stockpot… and that’s potentially dangerous. So, I decided to go the old-fashioned way, and just cook the pasta on the stove.
Why should you buy a Pasta Express:
I can think of two instances where the Pasta Express would come in handy, though.
First, if you own a kettle, but not a colander, this may be the perfect pasta cooker for you. It comes complete with a self-draining lid, so there’s no need for a separate strainer.
Then again, it’s extremely rare to come across a colander that costs thirty dollars plus shipping (Thirty?), so you could just run to the market and pick one up. For a dollar or two.
Or, if the price of gas continues to trend upward, it may be cost-effective to invest in a kettle, boil some water, then turn off the heat the nanosecond the whistle sounds.
Otherwise, I’m more a proponent of conventional boiling methods.
This isn’t to say that the Pasta Express is devoid of merit.
For one thing, it comes with a recipe guide. Any variation on spaghetti served with Hunt’s garlic and onion tomato sauce is welcome by me. Not that I don’t like spaghetti with Hunt’s sauce, but variety is good. Change is good. Gnocchi in a parsley butter sauce sounds really good.
Also, the Express could be used as a shaker to evenly distribute sauce on pasta. Or the plastic container and snap lid could serve as a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to leaving half-empty tri-colored fusilli packages in the cabinets or on countertops.
Any of these uses make our buy well worth the three dollars we paid out.
What’s that other quote from “The Godfather?”
The really famous one?: The one you’re likely thinking of is either “In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.” –or– “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”