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Why does my box of mac & cheese tell me not to rinse?

Asked by gorillapaws (27474points) April 29th, 2008

Why does it explicitly direct me in bold capital letters not to rinse the pasta after draining it? Is there something special in the noodle residue you want to preserve? I don’t get it.

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delirium's avatar

I would guess that it needs to be hot.

loser's avatar

its okay, go ahead and rinse

reed's avatar

There is something is the “residue” you want to preserve, it’s stickiness. If you rinse the pasta the cheese will not adhere to the pasta as well and you’ll end up with naked macaroni swimming in cheese sauce.

denimboy's avatar

delirium and reed are both corect. You want the pasta to be hot, and there is a lot of starch in the water after you cook the pasta. Many recipies acutally use this water as a base for a sauce. Anyway there is starch and starchy water on your noodles. Don’t rinse it off unless you like naked pasta swimming in sauce. Same with other pastas.

nocountry2's avatar

Yeah you’ll wash off all that gummy gluten and get cheese water, ewww…

ezraglenn's avatar

everyone is right except for the loser.

spendy's avatar

Yep, yep, yep…starchy goodness. Works like glue! :) Lots of pasta dishes actually call for a bit of “pasta water” (as denimboy mentioned). It helps the other ingredients hug your noodles. lol

loser's avatar

hey I don’t rinse the stuff! I just gave him permission to be a rebel!

gorillapaws's avatar

I always thought the starchy stuff was undesirable, makes perfect sense though. This site is amazing. Thanks to everyone for the answers, except you loser…

totally kidding of course.

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