Is My Spaghetti Ready? Wall Test

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Introduction: Is My Spaghetti Ready? Wall Test

About: Made in Canada, I grew up crafting, making, and baking. Out of this love for designing and creating, I pursued a BFA in product design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Since then I've done work for Mart...

I wanted to test out an old wives tale to see if it's true, that pasta sticks to the wall when it reaches perfect done-ness. I am happy to report that it works!

If you like your pasta very al dente, than this isn't the technique for you. But if you enjoy a 'just' chewy noodle like I do, then you're about to have the most fun you've ever had making that perfect-for-you plate of noodle goodness.

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Step 1: Get the Motor Running

A.k.a., boil some water.

TIP: Adding some salt to the water helps speed up the boiling process.

Step 2: Add the Ghetti

Add spaghetti noodles to the water once it's boiled. As the bottom half of the noodles start to soften, use a fork to gently twirl and push down the pasta until it is all under water. Doing this sooner rather than later helps ensure that each noodle cooks evenly.

Step 3: Boxing

Look to your pasta box or packaging for a rough cooking time guideline. If you're in a high altitude region, cooking time will be longer.

Step 4: Testing, Testing

If the cooking time listed on your packaging is 10-12 minutes, start testing for readiness at about 7 minutes. Starting this early will mean more tosses, which of course = more fun!! Tossing one noodle a minute worked well, but if you want to turn up the fun dial, once you pass 10 minutes, you can test every 30 seconds.

To do the 'Is My Spaghetti Ready? Wall Test', remove one noodle from the pot using a fork. Give it a little swing in the air and then place it in the hand attached to your throwing arm. Wind up and toss the noodle at a nearby wall! If it doesn't stick, it's not ready yet. Repeat until one sticks!

Step 5: It's Ready!

Now all that's left to do is drain, add sauce and dig in.

Happy food play!

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    25 Discussions

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    Luv2cook74
    Luv2cook74

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I've never heard of this method before, I usually test 1 strand of spaghetti in my mouth to see if it's done or not.

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    gingertux
    gingertux

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I learned this technique from some friends but they called it "the refrigerator test". I would much rather clean that than the walls! However, for myself, I prefer to watch the flexibility of the noodles in the pan when I stir them and then to bite off a bit at the end of a noodle to give it a mouth test. I spit the test into the trashcan when done.

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    lbrewer42
    lbrewer42

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I got a laugh...

    but then read some of the other comments. It seems no matter what is posted, people have to make some sort of complaint.

    1. YOU are the one choosing to throw the pasta and YOU are the one choosing to clean up the mess - so why would someone even bother to post a critical statement saying this is ridiculous b/c it makes a mess? I think you already knew that.

    2. Why would someone post this as being a waste of food when they don't even know if you ate the piece after throwing it onto (apparently) a piece of glass? I think you also were likely aware of the potential to be wasting food here (or eating it)

    3. Hwy would someone tell you its ridiculous to eat pasta cooked to this degree when YOU are the one choosing to do so? THEY don't have to eat it.

    C'mon people - lighten up please, and please THINK before posting -

    This 'ible was fun to read, see, and I am sure it was fun to MAKE! :)

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    imperio
    imperio

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I am Italian ....!

    I do not believe that the proposed test is very successful in Italy!

    WE USE THE MOUTH!

    Imperio

    by Florence

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    Caffeinomane
    Caffeinomane

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is outrageous, why wasting food? I have always considered throwing away good food a sin. Besides, why would you eat overcooked squishy pasta?

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    ManifoldSky
    ManifoldSky

    5 years ago on Introduction

    FTR, adding salt does not decrease time to boil or appreciable change the temperature of the water. This is a common misperception and a often seen question in intro chemistry tests.

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    kbc2
    kbc2

    5 years ago

    this is hilarious! i laugh because i have done it. even more funny i did it on the ceiling, to which a friend walked in and it dropped on him.

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    Paige Russell
    Paige Russell

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! I've talked to folks who say that their ceiling tosses lasted up there for years... : )

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    eschneck
    eschneck

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    My grandmother *always* used the "stick to the ceiling" method. She made the best spaghetti! I've used the same method before and had great results as well, although nowadays (especially with popcorn ceilings) I just try a sample during cooking..

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    Danger is my middle name
    Danger is my middle name

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Someone did this with a handful of spaghetti in our dorm kitchen ceiling when I was in college. It was there for months!

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    rmac704
    rmac704

    5 years ago

    Another wives tale... salt is needed for flavor. It doesn't speed the boiling of water. And who is going to clean the walls? It's not fun anymore.

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    veeguy
    veeguy

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I mistakenly used your technique with the spaghetti sauce and now my wife is very upset with me.

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    jesebsp
    jesebsp

    5 years ago on Introduction

    the less messy way would be to pinch a piece off too see if the center is white. when you no longer see white in the middle of the noodles then its done. if it sticks to something is overcooked. could also set a timer for 8 minutes from the time you put it in the pot and then it's done when the timer goes off

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    fabiovenni1
    fabiovenni1

    5 years ago on Introduction

    As an Italian I almost fainted! WTF WTF :D

    When it sticks, is overcooked by 2-3 minutes, you could eat mash potatoes and will have the same texture :P

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    techie54
    techie54

    5 years ago

    My Mrs. And I love doing this but not the mess! Nicely done, Paige!!

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    longp2000
    longp2000

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I did this, but I didn't tell my wife what I was doing and she was wicked pissed. So as a disclaimer, tell your spouse before you throw food around the kitchen.