I have previously written about apportioning pre-cooked, weighed food into cooked servings. (click HERE to see).
I have an aversion to weighing things more than is necessary due to my maths phobia and my need for an easy life. I mentioned that boil-in-the-bag rice had solved this particular problem for me, but that I was working on some ideas for pasta.
Sometimes, you may want to cook yourself a separate, weighed portion from the rest of the family's...or you may have various members of the family wanting different amounts of pasta, so I think this is a great solution. It saves you having to re-weigh the pasta once cooked, so you only need to weigh it raw.
I surfed the internet looking for pan dividers/drainers and the ones I found were mostly discontinued or exorbitant,(I'm talking £27 for 2 drainers!) So I got my thinking cap on and found these stainless steel cutlery drainers in Poundland!(Guess how much they were?) I can fit 3 of these into my stock pot, so am now able to cook 4 pre-weighed portions of pasta at once. (The last portion goes into the pan itself).
I've had a couple of really successful attempts, with most shapes of pasta, even with fine angel hair spaghetti.
The beauty of the containers is that they act as drainers as well, so once the pasta is cooked, you literally remove the containers from the pan (with oven gloves), stand them in the sink to drain then pour the drained pasta straight into your serving bowls.
So, until I can afford my own range of Slice-of-slim kitchen products to make our lives easier, you'll have to put up with my mad ideas!
Good luck with your perfect portions people!
You could use this method for potatoes too.