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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Do you break your spaghetti in half before boiling?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (21415points) 1 month ago

I’ve done so for decades as early as I can remember.

Do you?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

No ! ! I like spinning the long strands on a fork.

zenvelo's avatar

I did when I cooked it in a smaller pot. But then I got a 12 quart stock pot and I keep the spaghetti (and other long pastas) intact. The reason why you should not break pasta is that it’s supposed to wrap around your fork.

canidmajor's avatar

I break it into thirds because it is easier to handle that way with chopsticks, which are easier and more comfortable for me to use in the winter.

Zaku's avatar

Yes, because I don’t want to wrap as much around my fork as I otherwise tend to.

kritiper's avatar

Yes. Otherwise I get too much twisted up on my fork to be able to stuff it in my mouth.

LadyMarissa's avatar

NO…I prefer to spin & wrap my spaghetti around my fork!!!

rebbel's avatar

I break it in thirds.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Yes in halves. The whole wheat pasta not as often.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I went over to friend’s house for dinner when I was about 10. His mother cut up the spaghetti so he could eat it with a spoon, when I spun my pasta he had never seen it done before.

smudges's avatar

I break mine in 4ths. Walmart now sells “half-pasta”.

You’re only “supposed” to wrap it around your fork if you want to.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I “prefer” to is the same as I “want” to!!!

Entropy's avatar

No. I PREFER the longer noodles. That way I can spin them around the fork more and catch more sauce in them.

janbb's avatar

In half

Demosthenes's avatar

Nope. It’s supposed to be long. Apparently that’s how the Italians do it. :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes. I break them in half.

raum's avatar

Only if the pot is too small.

kritiper's avatar

I suppose it may depend on exactly how much you have on your plate…

chyna's avatar

Yes, because my mom did.

LadyMarissa's avatar

^ My Mom did too, but I broke the cycle of abuse!!! ;-}

flutherother's avatar

I break it into quarters. Anything longer and the entire bowl of spaghetti lifts up with my fork.

ragingloli's avatar

Absolutely not. Anyone who does needs to be beaten to death by an angry Italian nonna.

Kropotkin's avatar

This practice enrages Italians.

It’s basically sacrilegious.

filmfann's avatar

Store bought stiff spaghetti: yes.

My preference is for fresh spaghetti, which can be 3 foot long if you like.

smudges's avatar

I’m not Italian and don’t really care what they think about me breaking my spaghetti.

Kropotkin's avatar

@smudges If you bought a famous piece of art, do you think people would be pleased if you broke or tore it in half?

Kropotkin's avatar

@raum I saw that story a few days ago.

I think we need a lot fewer rich people in the world, but that’s an aside.

Forever_Free's avatar

I do and did this last night.

Kropotkin's avatar

@Forever_Free You’ve officially declared war on Italy.

Forever_Free's avatar

^^ I am Italian. I declare it on myself often. Leave my macaroni out of it.

Kropotkin's avatar

That’s why Italy did so poorly during WW2…

Forever_Free's avatar

@Kropotkin And why would that be? Snapped dried pasta did Mussolini in??

ragingloli's avatar

@Forever_Free
Just because your great grandfather’s friend once looked at a photocopy of a photograph of a drawing of a scale model the Colosseum, does not make you an Italian.

gorillapaws's avatar

No because my Italian friend would find out and arrange a slow and painful death for me as punishment if I did.

smudges's avatar

@Kropotkin ohfergawdssake Ok, I’ll play your silly little game. If I bought a piece of art, I can do as I like with it and fuck those who don’t like it. ◔_◔

Kropotkin's avatar

@smudges I’m think there’s laws around to protect culturally significant artifacts. It would really depend on the art you’re buying and destroying.

Give that spaghetti is basically Italy in a food, your breaking spaghetti is a symbolic declaration of war on Italy and an insult to all Italians, except self-hating ones who think nothing of breaking spaghetti into two or more pieces.

canidmajor's avatar

It’s National Noodle Day today. Reverence is required.

kritiper's avatar

Who the heck reports their breaking of pre-cooked spaghetti to the Italians???

Kropotkin's avatar

@kritiper I don’t know. A lot of people have outed themselves here.

Dutchess_III's avatar

USA 2
Italy 0

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Watch out, Italy just went as Fascist as Mussolini in WWII.

Dutchess_III's avatar

USA 2
Italy 1

canidmajor's avatar

And really guys, let’s not forget the serious origins of the long skinny noodles by the Chinese, who, I don’t believe, give a rat’s ass if you break them or not.

https://www.encyclopedia.com/food/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/noodle-asia

smudges's avatar

Ahem…proudly “outed” myself!

POLO!

zenvelo's avatar

@canidmajor “Um… when you’re cooking noodles, it’s bad luck to break them. Because, um in like Asian cultures… noodles represent longevity or long life.”

So maybe be a bit more considerate of that rat’s ass?

zenvelo's avatar

If one cannot handle a full strand of spaghetti, perhaps one should adjust to eating canned Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, or better yet, Spaghetti-O’s with the other kids. Leave the grown up eating to the grown-ups.

canidmajor's avatar

Well, then, @zenvelo, I stand chastened and corrected. And I will still cook as I cook, and eat as I eat, because, like @smudges, I will not bow to the fascists who try to dictate how I will conduct this intimate activity (cooking and eating) in my own home. :-P

smudges's avatar

You GO girl!! <stands next to @canidmajor and links arms>

btw, since it seems to matter so much to some people, by my last count there are 14 breakers, 8 non-breakers, and 2 pot dependent.

janbb's avatar

@smudges Pot dependent? Oh no!

Dutchess_III's avatar

USA 2
Italy 0
China 1

kritiper's avatar

Egad. Politically correct pasta…

Kropotkin's avatar

Just to illustrate to you Americans how insulting it is to break spaghetti in half.

Imagine if someone took a shit on the American flag, or if Lizzy twerked while played Madison’s crystal flute.

raum's avatar

Those are terrible examples.

ragingloli's avatar

Yeah, those are not even 1/10th as insulting as breaking pasta in half.

jca2's avatar

I break my spaghetti in half and I am proud of it! :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

I broke my spaghetti in half just last night.

Dutchess_III's avatar

USA 2
Italy 0
China 1
JCA2 5
Dutchess 1107 for the win!

canidmajor's avatar

What about me, @Dutchess_III? I stated way up there that I break mine into thirds!!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

You can have a 3rd of mine @canidmajor. Brb

That’s 369 for @canidmajor!

RayaHope's avatar

HI,@RedDeerGuy1 Believe it or not THAT is how we buy it. It’s already “broken” in half. lol

LadyMarissa's avatar

^^ I’ve seen that at the grocery store. They charge extra to break it for you & I don’t want mine broke, so I buy the longer version!!!

Brian1946's avatar

Lizzo’s coming over to my house, to smash my spaghetti with Madison’s flute! ;-D

In preparation for this awesome occasion, I’ve also equipped my bathrooms with slavery fan Madison’s-face toilet paper. ;)

RayaHope's avatar

But @LadyMarissa it is so easy to use :) I like a small amount on my fork.

Brian1946's avatar

@RayaHope

Shorter spaghetti is more healthful, because full-length fork twirling can lead to CTS! ;-)

RayaHope's avatar

@Brian1946 what is CTS? I don’t think I want that, do I? Is it bad?

Brian1946's avatar

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

One way to avoid it is to rest your hands in your lap, when you’re not actively using your keypad or your mouse pad.

I have minor CTS in my right hand, but it subsides when I remove my hand from the mouse and rest it in my lap.

RayaHope's avatar

Oh, my hands are always moving around. lol I can’t stay still for very long.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

It might piss off more Italians that they are deflating the elbow pasta to save packaging, and shipping costs. They re-inflate when cooking.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Why on earth would any one pay someone to break their spaghetti for them???

ragingloli's avatar

I bet that breaking spaghetti in half is why the romans rightfully crucified jesus.

gorillapaws's avatar

@ragingloli No that was for pouring good olive oil in the pot of boiling pasta water.

ragingloli's avatar

What did the Romans shout after they successfully put up Jesus on the cross?
Nailed it!

Dutchess_III's avatar

You’re simply uncouth Raggy.

ragingloli's avatar

Flattery will get you nowhere.

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