I'm a Chef, and I Can't Make Spaghetti Without This $9 Kitchen Gadget
My husband often jokes that my culinary superpower is knowing exactly how much food to make for the two of us. No leftovers, no waste. However, that skill goes out the window when it comes to making spaghetti. I either make the entire box or a portion that could only feed a small child—there is no in-between. Despite my Culinary Arts degree and my years of professional cooking experience, I rely on a secret weapon to help me make the world's easiest dinner. It's one of my favorite kitchen gadgets, and it has taught me how to properly measure spaghetti. It's not just me that loves it—at $9, this simple, easy-to-use spaghetti measuring tool has over 1,100 5-star ratings on Amazon. If you struggle to nail spaghetti portion sizes like I do, this simple tool can make a major difference.
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With a dog, a new baby and two full-time jobs, we eat a lot of spaghetti in my house. Yet no matter how often we eat it, I still never seem to get the quantity right. Having way too many leftovers is one thing, but making an entire meal only to realize you're still hungry afterwards is even worse. That's why this kitchen gadget has earned a permanent spot in my kitchen. It guarantees that I make just the right amount of food for the people I'm cooking for. The sleek, simple design has four holes for measuring portion sizes for one, two, three and four people. Just slide the dry pasta through the appropriate measuring hole, and you'll yield exactly the amount of cooked spaghetti for the amount of people you're serving. It's made from food-grade stainless steel and is dishwasher safe. It's convenient, easy-to-use, and barely takes up any space in my utensil drawer.
It's not just me who loves it. "I love this little thing," one reviewer said. This is exactly what I've been looking for to have portion control of spaghetti. It's little, and doesn't take up any more room than a bottle opener."If you're ready to hone your spaghetti skills, grab one of these gadgets for just $9.
This story originally appeared on foodandwine.com.