How to cook perfect pasta everytimeWritten by Shauna Hanus
Finally you can stop wondering how do I cook my pasta. There are a few simple rules to follow that will have you cooking pasta pleasing meals each and every time.
First and most important use plenty of water. Using too little water will make for sticky gooey pasta. You should start with about 4 quarts of fresh cool water. This means take out that big spaghetti pot and stop using your favorite sauce pan. As you portion out pasta you should cook about 2 ounces per person. Bring fresh cool water to a rolling boil. Once water is boiling, but before adding noodles, add 1 heaping tablespoon of salt for every four servings. Always add salt to water. If you wait until pasta is cooked you will end up with salty noodles. By adding salt now pasta can absorb salt and your pasta will taste better. Finally add pasta, allow water to soften noodles and stir gently. Never allow noodles to stick to bottom of pan.
Freezing Food in Individual ServingsWritten by Michele Webb
"Can I freeze it?" is a question often asked in our homes, and for good reason. Preparing double or triple recipes and freezing portions for later use is not only time-saving, but economical as well. Here is a smart freezing tip to help you keep food safe and nutritious.
After your food has been prepared, or after a meal where you have left over food, divide food into individual servings so that it freezes and thaws quickly and evenly. Freshly cooked foods should be allowed to cool to room temperature before preparing them for freezing. Putting still-hot foods into freezer can cause partially frozen foods to thaw or raise them to room temperature which could cause spoiling or alter taste or texture of food.
The portions you divide food into should be same as what you want to use when taking them out of freezer. For example, if you are freezing something like spaghetti or pasta for school or work lunches, choose a container that will fit into lunch bag or lunch box so that you can easily remove container from freezer and go.