You’re Probably Prepping Pasta Wrong. Here’s An Awesome Life Hack To Make Pasta Without a Colander.

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Whether you’re in the mood for some Italian cuisine or you’re pressed for time and need to make dinner in a hurry, there’s nothing quicker and easier to make than pasta. Most people always keep on hand at least a few boxes of pasta and a jar or two of tomato sauce. In fact, they’re considered basic food staples in many households and who doesn’t love a home cooked plate of spaghetti! Pasta is simply delicious and easy to make. Plus, if you ever need to feed a hungry group of people, a big pot of pasta and sauce is the perfect meal to serve.

All that you really need to do is boil up some water, drop in the pasta, strain it, and dump some sauce in with the cooked noodles, right? Not exactly, if you’re making it that way then you’re doing it wrong. If you want to make perfect pasta that tastes amazing, you have to do it the right way. The following tips covered in this video clip will help you do exactly that, so check them out and learn the proper way on how to cook and sauce pasta.

1. Add salt to the water, just before it begins to broil and before you place the pasta in the pot. This will make your pasta end up tasting a lot more flavorful and elevate it to a restaurant-quality level.

2. Do not add in olive oil to the water. If you add oil, the sauce will end up not sticking to the pasta, throwing the taste and texture off.

3. Don’t follow the instructions on the box. Each type of pasta is different in regards to how long it takes to cook. It’s better to taste taste and monitor it as you go along, that way it ends up how you like and prefer it. As for box instructions, oftentimes you don’t need to cook it as long as recommended.

4. Get the correct type of sauce for your pasta. If you plan on pairing it with a healthier sauce, use wider noodles. If you are using a thinner or runny sauce, use pasta with folds, like campanelle or rotini. They work great for holding thinner sauces on.

5. Before you drain the pasta, make sure to save at least half a cup of the starchy water it was cooked in. Then, once you’ve strained it, cook the pasta in the sauce and add in the starchy water you set aside. Cook it all together until the sauce is reduced and ready to serve.

6. Finally, if you plan on adding any additional fresh herbs or spices to the mix, make sure to always add them in with the pasta and sauce last. This will help keep the flavor fresh.

The next time you make pasta for dinner, be sure to try out all these tips and it will end up tasting perfect and absolutely wonderful.

Watch the tutorial video below for an in-depth look on how prep the perfect pasta:

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A Simple Life Hack To Fold a Fitted Sheet Quickly and Easily.

If you are the kind of person who cares about taking good care of your bedding but could use some help, the video you are about to watch below is for you.  YouTuber Mary Elizabeth has done a full tutorial on bedding, which includes washing, making of the bed, storage and folding. The best part of this is the almost impossible feat of folding the dreaded fitted sheet! For years I have tried to fold fitted sheets and have failed over and over again.

I myself pride myself on being a good folder, but I have to admit I don’t have a foolproof technique on folding the fitted sheet, so that when you are ready to make the bed, there isn’t a lot of wrinkling.  While Mary Elizabeth has lots of great tips in this video, my favorite, which she does in slow motion with written directions is THE FOLDING OF THE FITTED SHEET.

I’m not going to write the entire 8 steps here, since with each step of the tutorial, she visually shows you what she is doing.  Let’s just say that it begins with holding the sheet length-wise inside the two corners, and then you bring your right hand to meet your left, folding the right corner over the left.

If I was to continue without you watching it, it’s going to sound too complicated…and it isn’t!  She has come up with a foolproof way of doing this, so that the sheet ends up laying flat for the final folding, instead of a big lump that usually happens to me.  No joke for years I have tried folding the fitted sheet and it jus ends up being a big wrinkled ball thrown in the closet!

It took me 2 times to get it right, and makes storage so much easier, and a sheet that isn’t crumpled.  Her other tips about linens are great for people who could use help with other things.  Enjoy this linen BOOT CAMP especially the fitted sheet life hack everybody could use!

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