Pasta mishap

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Registered: 05-22-2001
Pasta mishap
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Sun, 07-17-2011 - 9:42am
Last night I went to make my pressure cooker mac n cheese. Only this time I didnt want to use the plain elbow mac. In my store they dont have whole wheat elbow mac. So I bought whole wheat rotini. Normally cooking whole wheat pasta its just in a pot of water. This time was a bit different. The recipe calls for 3 cups of liquid to 2.5 cups of uncooked pasta. With the whole wheat pasta though, there was quite a bit of liquid left so the mac n cheese was a bit runny. not creamy like usual. The only difference was the whole wheat. So Im curious as to why it did that, and if next time I just need to reduce the liquid by 1 cup? or more or less?

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Sun, 07-17-2011 - 10:44am

I can honestly say I know nothing about pressure cookers; but I would have thought whole wheat would require MORE water, not less.

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Sun, 07-17-2011 - 5:26pm
I also know nothing of pressure cookers, but have the same issues as Karen with my whole wheat pasta. It takes much longer to cook and has a very different texture. I've discovered that I have to add salt to it while its cooking for it to be good for me (and I don't add salt to anything else while cooking). However we have gotten used to it with our spaghetti and will soon be branching out into other pasta types.
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Registered: 05-22-2001
Sun, 07-17-2011 - 6:18pm
I love love love whole wheat! Its hard to go back to the other stuff. But yeah. Thats why I was so confused. I know it takes longer and needs more water. I have the same experience. Thats why I was so confused with the results of the pressure cooker, lol.

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Sun, 07-17-2011 - 7:01pm

Try looking up both the manufacturer of your cooker, and the maker of the pasta product, and find their "contact us" link on their web site.

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Registered: 05-22-2001
Mon, 07-18-2011 - 12:40pm

Ok, I never even thought about doing that. I will do it. Thank ya!

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Registered: 05-17-2001
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 5:26pm
LOL Karen! There is a baggie of tater chips in my freezer right now, just waiting for cooler weather and a chicken casserole!! =D

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 05-22-2001
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 3:32pm
CuisinArt got back to me. They said that they recommend the same amounts of water and pasta. So for this recipe Id use 2.5 cups of water for 2.5 cups of pasta. So I will give it a shot next time.

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 4:37pm

Cool!

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Registered: 05-22-2001
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 7:11pm
Well this is kinda like that, but without the bucks, lol

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 7:52pm
(((BLUSH))) You are right!
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