ALL THE WAYS TO COOK PASTA

Spaghetti, linguine, tagliatelle, penne, farfalle, fusilli, rigatoni … how many other types of pasta can still come to your mind? Dozens and dozens! Italian cuisine is very rich in recipes with pasta as the main ingredient, but the classic pot of boiling and salted water is certainly not the only way to cook it: find out with me what alternative cooking methods exist and what their characteristics are!

RISOTTATA PASTA

The risotto pasta owes its name to its preparation, in all respects similar to that of risotto: put all the ingredients in a large pan – after preparing the sauté if necessary – and the raw pasta, it is cooked adding everything gradually boiling water or cooking liquid (e.g. tomato water) and stirring, just as you do to get a nice creamy risotto. Obviously, you can also cook the risotto pasta on the gas hob, but using an induction hob will reduce the risk of it sticking to the bottom of the pan and allow you to obtain an excellent and uniform result. This type of preparation lengthens cooking times but the ingredients bind better to the pasta thanks to the presence of starch, which is kept in the pan. To conclude, this method can be applied to many recipes: from a simple variant of pasta with tomato sauce to first courses of vegetables, fish, or creamy cheeses!

ONE PAN PASTA AND ONE POT PASTA

One-pot pasta is a type of preparation that is also spreading in Italy: literally “one-pot” means in a single pot; it is a matter of cooking both the pasta and the ingredients for the chosen recipe in the same container. Unlike the risotto pasta, for the one-pan pasta, the water is at room temperature and is immediately added together with all the other ingredients, to then start cooking. It is a quick and fast way to obtain a creamy pasta with well-blended flavors, halving the cooking times, therefore, even if many will turn up their noses, why not experiment? This method of cooking of American origin made me very curious, also because both James Oliver and Martha Stewart have whole cookbooks dedicated to one-pot pasta … impossible not to investigate! Finally, did you know that some Italian brands offer the “no-boil” version of the classic Italian pasta formats abroad, designed specifically for one-pan cooking?

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Meat utensils

Just as it is impossible to cook a perfect soft-boiled egg without a timer, you also need indispensable tools to prepare the meat that will make your recipes perfect. Dozens of meat utensils exist, but we will start with those that are really necessary for the kitchen and that will make even the most complex preparation more agile.

Among the meat utensils there are kitchen accessories that are also used for other preparations:

cutting boards: they are very important for cutting both cooked and before cooking meat. Choose plastic or silicone cutting boards that can also go to the dishwasher after use. If you prefer wooden cutting boards, remember to clean them carefully following all these indications;

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Five Kitchen Devices That Can Be Controlled Using Smartphone

It has become very clear in the last ten years that the future will not exist without progress and new technologies in all aspects of our life. Cooking is not an exception. There are hundreds of devices for the kitchen today on the market that make our lives easier. Moreover, nowadays some gadgets can be controlled using a smartphone. It means that a person can control the cooking process without the need of doing it physically. 

1.  Smart Kettle

This device has become very popular in the last few years. Why? Because it allows a person to set up the kettle using a smartphone. For example, you can turn it on without leaving your bed in the morning which is quite convenient. You can also control the temperature if needed.

2.  Electric Grill

An electric grill is not a new device. It has been widely used all around the world for the last 20 years. However, smart grills that can be controlled from the phone is relatively new. For example, a person can set up the grill, put the food there and go do other things. Using the smartphone, it is always possible to check the time left and other necessary details.

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The Main Advantages that Make Smart Kettle So Attractive

New automatic devices and tools for the kitchen are getting invented every day. Making a smart kitchen has become a popular choice for a lot of people all around the world. The smart kettle is not a surprise anymore: people use it as an ordinary tool now. If you have any doubts about buying a smart pot, be sure to check out our list with main reasons to substitute your regular kettle with smart one:

1.  It can be controlled from the phone

The main and the most obvious reason to use smart kettle is the ability to control it from the smartphone. It saves time: you can still be in bed, but the water for your coffee or tea will already be heated. Moreover, you can set it up in advance and the device will turn on automatically while you are still asleep. No doubt that it will save time and make the process easier. With a busy schedule, the smart kettle will be a savior.

2.  Temperature control

Smart kettles also make it possible to control the temperature of the water using the app on the phone. Moreover, the temperature will be measured precisely which is quite convenient. The kettle can also maintain the set temperature for a long period if necessary. Some minor features are also cool: the app will give you advice on the temperature that is needed for a certain drink such as coffee or tea.

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Best Vegetable Slicing Tools That Will Make Cooking Easier

Cooking is an interesting and exciting process that can be a lot of fun. However, some aspects of it are not so enjoyable. Chopping and slicing vegetables and fruits is one of them. Luckily, we live in a modern world where pretty much everything can be done by a machine or device. In this article, we reviewed the best vegetable slicing tools that will save your time and nerves. 

First of all, it is important to realize that despite a crazy amount of options on the market, there are two main types of vegetable slicers: mechanic and electric. That is why we will consider the main advantages that both of them can offer.

1.  Mechanical Vegetable and Fruit Slicers

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