When you're running low on cash, pasta is there. When you need a quick meal, pasta is there. When you're entertaining friends and need to cook a dinner that's palatable, visually appealing, and simultaneously easy to pull off since you stink at cooking... pasta is there. Pasta is the answer to so many of life's questions, but the universe just threw us a curveball with this pasta straining hack that's turned our world upside down and has us questioning the very essence of our being.
You see, it all started with someone on Twitter by the name of @Daibella, who shared something she saw on Facebook so shocking, she "spazzed." In my 29 years on this planet, I've seen catastrophe. I've seen despair. I've seen Justin Timberlake's hair in the '90s. But I wasn't emotionally prepared for this. Daibella dropped an earth-shattering knowledge bomb on all of us, revealing everything we know about strainers is a lie — we've been using them wrong the entire time.
Instead of dumping your water and noodles into the strainer, is it possible that we're supposed to be putting the strainer in the pot and tipping it over to drain all the water out? Behold.
By sticking the strainer in the pot, holding both pairs of handles together, and tipping it all over, your noodles get to stay cozy in the pot. No more pouring boiling water into the strainer and praying some of it doesn't splatter onto your skin and burn you with the fire of a thousand suns. No more transferring your noodles to and fro. No more having to perform a balancing act by putting the strainer on the sink because there are too many dirty dishes to put it in the sink... which also means you get to leave your dirty dishes in the sink even longer.
All the while, you still get to enjoy the fabulous, at-home, DIY steam facial you get every time you strain boiling noodles. If there is such a thing as a win-win-win-win-win, this, ladies and gentlemen, would be it. And all this time, we thought pasta couldn't get any better.
If you're flabbergasted by this interesting turn of events, you're not alone. Twitter had things to say, too.
Of course, there were the disbelievers and naysayers.
But, you know, haters gonna hate. We're always down for a clever kitchen hack; and if it means we get to shave off a minute of cooking time and eat our pasta sooner, you won't hear any complaints from this end.
We'd like to say this is the first time we've been so caught off guard by a mindblowing kitchen hack, but then we'd be living in a web of lies. Here are a few other kitchen hacks that caused us to sit back and reflect.
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