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Aug 3, 2014 06:12 AM

Pot-sized spaghetti?

Spotted this on the end cap today at the store and my first thought was "is this real life?" Is this even spaghetti anymore? Is it that difficult to snap spaghetti or let it soften a few seconds so that the entire length of the noodle can be submerged? Just curious what others think about the apparent evident "need" for such a product.

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  1. Need? There's no possible "need" that this fulfills. There are the two solutions that you've already mentioned. This product's target audience resides in new heights of incompetence/laziness that I don't even want to think about. On the flipside, there is the OCD/insanity possibility; you want half-length spaghetti, but you must have *precision* - snapping will not give you this.

    Anyway, it's Mueller's: an old, established brand, but it's not the pinnacle of pasta.

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    1. re: mcsheridan

      OK, I'm glad you said it. My second thought was "are people really this lazy?" I'm pretty OCD and not even I get bent out of shape that the pasta is not exactly split in half. I think the former explanation beats the latter. I was just shocked it was not only a product but featured on the end cap. Not the pinnacle of pasta but for my 80 year old grandparents and many other families I know Mueller is the brand it's like Heinz vs. Hunt's.

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        It gets better. I went to the Mueller's Pasta homepage and saw their new splash ad for this product. Here's their tagline: "Try the new no-break, no-mess, pot-sized spaghetti that changes things forever."

        It's a pasta revolution! Who knew? It also comes in three other varieties, Angel Hair, Spaghetti, and Linguine.

        PS: Coming from an Irish-German family, we bought Mueller's all the time.
        I haven't had it in decades. I used Ronzoni for the longest time, then moved to Barilla. I'll sometimes toy with De Cecco or an imported bronze die-extruded pasta but those are usually out of my price range.

        1. re: mcsheridan

          Perfect! I was hoping I wouldn't have to continue to snap linguine.

              1. re: meatn3

                well if the angels didn't go and crispy-perm it...

                I know what's next, split cannelloni?

                end cap placement is the island of mis-fit products ("no child wants a Charlie in the box!" for which manufacturers pay top dollar to move merchandise before they get shipped back or go on the remaindered aisle.

                  1. re: hill food

                    end caps are for weekly sale and popular items around here.

          1. Gonna look for this just to see price difference?? I'm cooking for one, so often use sauce pot for 1-2 portions of long pasta. It MIGHT take 30 seconds or so for pasta to wilt enough to be gently coaxed down into boiling water... I can spare that time.

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            1. re: kseiverd

              Argg, I should have checked that. I do like the "Yes, it's a pound."

              1. re: kseiverd

                Convenience or not, I'd be shocked if there were a price differential.

                I have to admit I never used to snap my pasta. My family did when I was a child but we didn't have the right pot for long pasta.

                Until recently I would've dragged out the big pasta pot, even cooking for one. What I wound up doing, though, was making more pasta than I needed for a dinner to justify using the larger pot.

                This would frequently result in my eating more pasta than I really should, and of course I would still have leftovers which *is* nice. Lately, I'm trying to enjoy pasta without excess, so to make it just for one meal, I'm using a 3 quart pot, and yes I snap the spaghetti.

                How to contain the mess? I carefully snap it over the pasta bowl I intend to eat my dinner in and use that to tip it into the boiling water. No mess, no problem, no need for half-size pasta.

                1. re: mcsheridan

                  My mom always snapped, I never do now. I don't remember there ever being a mess when I would snap it over the pot as a kid, snap it over the pot, "mess" goes in the pot :) I wonder what they will come up with next.

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    Oh, I have vivid memories of that snapping; it almost inevitably meant sending small flying bits into the air. But even that's not much of a mess.

                    I still prefer unsnapped pasta to snapped.

                  2. re: mcsheridan

                    Pasta snapping mess? I don't think I have that problem. But maybe I have kitchen corners accumulating pasta debris.

                    I so understand your problem with the big pot--cook more to justify--eat too much pasta. I had that problem for a while. So right there with you on the pasta snapping.

                  1. Break spaghetti, never! Besides, I'd never but Mueller.

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                    1. re: treb

                      Exactly, it's not even spaghetti anymore.

                    2. Meh, not worth a twist of the undies. I'm not going to be buying it, but if I had arthritis or MS I might. There are plenty of foods in the grocery store that I find utterly useless (Uncrustables spring immediately to mind) but I assume the people who do buy them have some rationale for doing so.

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                      1. re: ErnieD

                        My undies aren't twisted just curious as to what others think. I agree, useful for those with mobility issues. My mom has MS and I'm sure she might find it useful. Not sure that's the target audience though.

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          many folks with MS cook pasta by the dry pound. many.

                          1. re: hill food

                            Of course they do. But if this might make pasta easier, who cares? It's not like you are loosing anything by it's existence. I usually hate "first world problem" type responses, but I am literally trying to come up with anyone who is harmed by it and I can't.

                            1. re: ErnieD

                              I was sorta kidding, I am confident people with MS can and do cook for themselves, the idea was that they might in that amount. unless they have a whole lot of friends (and heck why not?).

                              1. re: hill food

                                <edit> actually if one is making a large meal for people with manual dexterity issues it does make some sort of sense. (I know other shapes would be easier, but when memory and sentiment are in the game, maybe that's not really the issue)